A common organizational problem that is costly and disruptly is employees not showing up for work. An estimated cost of absenteeism totals $153 billion in lost productivity. Organizations suffer tremendous financial deficits and departments suffer as well. Just a single employee who continuously is absent from work may have a significant impact on his or her subordinates or work team.
One major factor that can predict absenteeism is the health of an employee. Just to give you a feel for the differences between a healthy and unhealthy employee, we will look at average missed days of work. A healthy employee, one that is not overweight and does not suffer from health problems will miss on average about 4 days per year. An unhealthy employee, however, will miss about 3 days of work per month. Continue Reading →