Absenteeism

The habitual non-presence of an employee at his or her job. Possible causes of absenteeism include job dissatisfaction, ongoing personal issues and chronic medical problems. Regardless of cause, a worker with a pattern of being absent may put his reputation and his employed status at risk. However, some forms of absence from work are legally protected and cannot be grounds for termination.

Companies expect their employees to miss some work each year due to vacation, illness and personal issues/responsibilities, but missing work becomes a problem for the company when the employee is absent repeatedly and/or unexpectedly, especially if that employee must be paid while absent. While disability leave, performance of jury duty and the observance of religious holidays are all legally protected reasons for an employee to miss work, some employees abuse these laws to take time off that they shouldn’t, which incurs unfair costs to the employer.


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  • Absenteeism — Ab sen*tee ism, n. The state or practice of an absentee; esp. the practice of absenting one s self from the country or district where one s estate is situated. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • absenteeism — index nonappearance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • absenteeism — (n.) 1829, from ABSENTEE (Cf. absentee) + ISM (Cf. ism); originally in reference to landlords, especially in Ireland (absentee in this sense is in Johnson s dictionary); reference to pupils or workers is from 1922 …   Etymology dictionary

  • absenteeism — [n] state of not being present absence, defection, desertion, skipping, truancy; concept 746 Ant. attendance, presence …   New thesaurus

  • absenteeism — ► NOUN ▪ frequent absence from work or school without good reason …   English terms dictionary

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  • absenteeism — [[t]æ̱bs(ə)nti͟ːɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Absenteeism is the fact or habit of frequently being away from work or school, usually without a good reason. ...the high rate of absenteeism. Syn: truancy Ant: attendance …   English dictionary

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