Manage Absenteeism With These Easy Tips


Have you been concerned about the level of unscheduled absenteeism occurring in your business? According to the Department of Labor, in 2017, on any given day nearly 3 percent of an employer’s workforce was absent. There may be direct correlation between absenteeism and job satisfaction or workplace conditions. But in other cases, it may be a variety of situations that are not job specific. How do you manage absenteeism in your company?

A Counseling Interview

If you are noticing a pattern of behavior, step one is to find out why it’s happening. Maybe you and the employee can determine a viable solution for the future. Or there are considerations that can be made while they are going through a situation.

The counseling interview should be about understanding your employee and trying to come to an equitable agreement.

A Verbal Warning

If that doesn’t work or your employee is continuing to take advantage of the situation, you will need to issue a verbal warning. This is a meeting to indicate that if the behavior is not changed, there will be consequences.

However you need to know what the consequences are ahead of the meeting. These should be laid out in your employee handbook and consistent for all employees.

A Written Warning

The next step is a written warning. This is an account of the situation that will be filed with their human resources file to alert future managers or executives of the problem.

This will be consulted in the future if the situation is not rectified.

Temporary Suspension

If all these steps fail, you may be required to put your employee on temporary suspension. This is most effective in certain industries, but be careful. If an employee is being disciplined for being out of the office, a temporary suspension may give them what they really want.

This is why suspension is a last resort for this behavior and should be used sparingly.


The final straw when it comes to repeat offenders is termination. Letting them go when they are unable to adhere to corporate policies is not only good for your bottom line but also morale in the office.

If an employee has been given all possible chances, it’s time to let them go and concentrate your efforts on a more positive workplace.

Corporate Culture Review

If you are experiencing excessive absenteeism, it may be a good idea to review your internal corporate culture. What is it about your workplace that is causing people to be late or frequently out of work?

There may be some improvements you can make to significantly impact employee morale in a positive way.

Do you want to improve your employee experience?

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