Interestingly, Personal Illness is only a small percentage (35%) of the unscheduled absenteeism total number. Reasons cited why people were commonly absent included Family Issues (24%), Personal Needs (18%), Stress (12%) and Entitlement Mentality (11%).
With many of the reasons why employees are absent hinging on work/life balance issues, companies have attempted to find creative solutions that address these types of absences such as Employee Assistance Plans, Wellness Programs, Leave for School Functions, Flu Shot Programs and Alternative Work Arrangements.
However, when it comes to actual effectiveness, CCH found that companies rated programs like Alternative Work Arrangements, Leave for School Functions, Compressed Work Week, Telecommuting and Emergency Child Care to be the most effective.
Also found in the survey was the connection between low morale and increased absenteeism. Employees were more likely to call in sick unexpectantly if poor or low morale was cited at the company than an employee at a company that had a high morale level.
To read more on the CCH Survey, click here.