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Absenteeism affects every organization in different ways There seems at times to be no clear culprit and to have no easy cure Absenteeism does not discriminate and affects individuals no matter their sex race or religion It is important to acknowledge that absenteeism has consequences and most importantly that it costs organizations money By understanding why employees sometimes choose not to come to work when they are fully able and capable employers can reduce unnecessary effects of absenteeism DEFINITION There are several definitions of absenteeism It can be as simple as an absence from work or an individuals unavailability for work when work is available for the individual Another source used the definition any unscheduled time off from work regardless of whether it is paid or excused This is the definition I will use for this research paper for two reasons First it clarifies that the absence is unscheduled The two previous definitions do not take into account if the absence is scheduled or unscheduled This is a big factor when employers deal with absences Generally they can plan and prepare for a scheduled absence On the other hand when an absence is unexpected and unplanned in advance an organization can run into problems Second this definition adds that the absence may be either paid or excused An employee may call and be legitimately sick and get still get paid for having a sick day available This still qualifies as absenteeism and still would even if the employee was not legitimately sick It is important to add that absenteeism can be paid unpaid excused or not excused to clarify that all fall under the category of absenteeism Scheduled absences however regardless of whether they are paid or excused or not considered to be absenteeism REASONS Why are employees absent from work There are many reasons why workers have to miss work Basically these reasons fall into two groups--involuntary and voluntary Involuntary reasons are inevitable and
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