Monday, October 30, 2006

AWOL Employees on the Rise

Companies Report unscheduled absences at highest level since 1999.

If you are skipping work without good reason you have lots of company.

Unscheduled absenteeism at U.S. companies and organizations has climbed to its highest level since 1999, according to an annual nationwide survey of human resources executives.

The survey, conducted for CCH Inc. by the Harris Interactive consulting firm, put the absenteeism rate at 2.5 percent in 2006, up from 2.3 percent a year ago and the highest since seven years ago, when it was 2.7 percent.

The survey found that personal illness accounts for only 35 percent of unscheduled absences, with the rest due to family issues (24 percent), personal needs (18 percent), stress (12 percent) and an entitlement mentality (11 percent).

The trend is costly for companies. CCH, which provides human resources services for businesses, said absenteeism costs some large employers an estimated $850,000 per year in payroll costs — more when lost productivity, morale and temporary labor costs are factored in.

"Organizations are engaged in a tug-of-war for their employees' time," said Pamela Wolf, a CCH analyst.
Source: AP,

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