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Reduced Productivity for Co-WorkersA survey by the Society for Human Resource Management showed that poor attendance byemployees significantly affects both co-workers and managers. An unplanned absence adds to20
the task-load of co-workers, who must cover duties to keep the office or manufacturingsystem running. They may need to put their own job responsibilities on hold, resulting indecreased productivity overall. If a temporary replacement has been hired, hand-holding thenew worker through tasks can also decrease performance efficiency. Similarly, managersbecome less productive when they must take time away from their regular duties to findreplacement staff, reorganize the workflow and possibly train an employee to handle the roleof the absent worker.Reduced Morale and Increased IllnessThe effect of absenteeism on employee performance reaches beyond tasks to impact both themental and physical wellness of workers who must repeatedly deal with the aftermath of aco-worker's poor work attendance. With shifting or increased work responsibilities,employees may experience increased levels of stress in the workplace, resulting in lowermorale within the company. Employees don't want to be overworked, especially if they arepicking up someone else's slack. If the problem is ongoing, added stress can result in anincrease in related health issues. If bad enough, these issues can lead to further absenteeism,thus perpetuating the problem and causing an increase in financial stress on the company aswell.Financial Impact of AbsenteeismFor many businesses, the impact of absenteeism ultimately shows itself in the bottom line.Salaried employees who have trouble showing up for work are still getting paid, yet withoutfulfilling their side of the deal. A check is paid out, but no work is being provided inexchange, resulting in a loss for the company. Additionally, replacing workers may cost morethan the wage expenses of maintaining the original employee. A business might have tocompensate current employees through overtime hours worked, or spend extra hours and costin training new workers. Furthermore, the administrative costs of tracking hours, on-boardingtemporary employees and finding personnel solutions becomes burdensome.Impact of Absentee LeadershipAnother negative impact on businesses and employees occurs when those in leadershippositions become "absent" even though they are physically present in the office. A leader ormanager who does not provide direction, feedback or encouragement to employees creates anenvironment where workers feel disconnected and often discontent. If a boss cancels21
meetings, ignores emails or fails to communicate expectations, employee respect andproductivity may fall away. Ultimately, some employees may get tired of the poormanagement and look for employment elsewhere.

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