Employee Attendance Stats Every HR Professional Should Know

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employee attendance stats every hr pro should knowEmployee Attendance is something HR pros have to manage. However, this job can be a little tricky when employees abuse the privilege of their sick leave.

Employees are expected to take time off when they recovering from being ill, maintain a healthy mental state, and manage their own health related or personal needs.

However, a pattern of absences can result in a loss of productivity and affect the whole office.

We’ve put together a list of some interesting employee attendance stats every HR professional should know to help maintain healthy work habits within the office.

38% Of Employees Have Called Into Work Sick When Feeling Well

CareeBuilder did an annual survey and found that 38% of employees had no problem taking a sick day, even with a clean bill of health. Although some of those people stated they had a doctor’s appointment (and could be asked to be verified by their employer with a note), an equal number of people said they didn’t feel like going.

26% of those who were surveyed said they needed to relax, and 21% said they needed to catch up on sleep.

The amount of people who are calling out of work “sick” even though they are well enough to come in, is pretty shocking. The employees don’t realize the cost to the company for calling out and how it affects the rest of the workplace.

If you’re a company who has a PTO (Paid Time Off) system in place, than employees are allowed to use their days how they choose to. If you’re a company who doesn’t offer PTO, than employees will make excuses as they see fit to miss work with a “clear conscious”.

It’s important for employees to be made aware of what the attendance policy is at the office and what’s expected of them.

27% Of Employees With PTO Still Feel Obligated To Make An Excuse

Of the people CareerBuilder studied 52% of people had PTO, and 27% of those people still felt obligated to make up an excuse as to why they need to take a day. People don’t feel comfortable not giving what they think is a “valid” reason as to why they can’t come in.

Employee Attendance — Reasons To Call Out Of Work

Below is a real list of reasons employees gave as to why they needed to call out of work.

  1. Employee claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.
  2. Employee was stuck under the bed.
  3. Employee broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.
  4. Employee said the universe was telling him to take a day off.
  5. Employee’s wife found out he was cheating. He had to spend the day retrieving his belongings from the dumpster.
  6. Employee poked herself in the eye while combing her hair.
  7. Employee said his wife put all his underwear in the washer.
  8. Employee said the meal he cooked for a department potluck didn’t turn out well.
  9. Employee was going to the beach because the doctor said she needed more vitamin D.
  10. Employee said her cat was stuck inside the dashboard of her car.

We can’t make this stuff up.

1.5 Million Americans Will Call In Sick The Monday After The Super Bowl

Superbowl Sunday is a popular party night. The game is on late, and people are usually out eating and drinking. Even if you’re not a sports fan, the hype of the Super Bowl gets most people involved in excitement.

Most people (an estimated 1.5 million Americans) will call out sick the day after or at the very least show up late.

It could be harmless but if you have employees in the office who always call out sick around the time of the holiday, you should approach them about their patterns of absence.

How Employee Absences Affect The Workplace

When employees are out of the office due to a sick day or vacation, their work falls on the shoulders of coworkers. Frequent absences can slow down productivity of a workplace. Employees need to be made aware of what the absent policy is at the office, and make sure what’s expected of them is clear.


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