How Attendance Impacts Your Workplace

Poor employee attendance has both direct and indirect impacts on a company and its bottom line.

When a company is dealing with chronic absenteeism, it must deal with direct costs like overtime pay for employees who have to cover for the absent worker, lower productivity due to missing or overworked employees and safety issues, like employee burnout or accidents caused by tired workers.

The company must also deal with a number of indirect costs like increased resentment among staff and disruptions to company culture. These indirect costs have knock-on effects that can result in more direct costs being incurred.

Below are a few of the ways poor attendance can impact a company.

Direct financial costs

Direct financial costs are easy to spot and probably the most painful.

Companies develop staffing plans to do critical operations as efficiently as possible, and each employee fills an important role. In addition to boosting overtime pay, poor attendance can also mean paying to hire temporary employees to either fill in for missing staff members or replace staff members if they are fired.

Poor attendance can also mean lower productivity and lower quality, particularly if the missing employee is a high-performer or extremely valuable member of the team that is difficult to replace.

Safety issues

Depending on overworked employees, working short-handed or bringing in temporary workers can all lead to increased accidents. This means more pain and suffering for workers, as well as increased liability and downtime for the company.

Greater resentment

Employees who are asked to cover for staff members with poor attendance ultimately begin to resent the worker and the company. With time, this aggravation can result in more conflict between staff members. Also, tension produced by past conflicts or deep resentments can produce an uncomfortable work environment, lowering productivity and increasing turnover.

Higher stress, lower morale

Absent employees create a disruption to the normal workflow, which can trigger stress among co-workers and supervisors in the company. Supervisors must reschedule employees to populate the space left by the absent employee. Workers picking up the slack have to adjust their mentality.

Absenteeism that happens on a regular basis creates this stress regularly, reducing the morale of employees and management.

Less employee and company growth

When a worker is constantly absent, it makes it difficult for other workers trying to become familiar with new job duties, making it more difficult for both responsible employees and the company to meet growth objectives. The absent worker is also left out on adjustments that take place while they are gone. When he or she comes back, others have to get them up to speed, which can cause even more delays in production and growth.

At LTI, we help our client companies address chronic absenteeism through custom staffing solutions designed to address the problem in a targeted manner.  Furthermore, we work with our clients to ensure that our contract workers are not contributing to attendance issues. Please contact us today to learn more about how we can help your company.