Absenteeism in Organizations

  • Ann-Kristina LøkkeEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_128-1



Absenteeism is the failure to report for work as scheduled.

Introduction: The Problems and Consequences of Absenteeism

Absenteeism is a problem in many organizations. It has a number of negative consequences for society at large, organizations, colleagues, and employees.

Apart from the economic consequences such as sickness allowances, healthcare treatment, pay for temps or overtime pay, lost productivity, etc., there are also a number of personal costs. For the involved person, sickness absence may have major consequences such as a poorer life quality, loss of identity if away from work for long periods of time, lack of social contact to colleagues, worries about own health, loss of professional competences, and perhaps even discharge. There are also consequences for the colleagues of the absentee, such as increased workload when substituting the absent colleague.

The many negative consequences mean that absenteeism is on...


Personal Characteristic Transformational Leadership Inspire Motivation Employee Absence Absence Period 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementAarhus UniversityAarhus C.Denmark