Let’s begin by being clear about the term absenteeism. Absenteeism is a situation where an employee misses work without prior request or authorization. A planned vacation or period of sick time isn’t considered absenteeism. Calling in last minute because your toddler has a fever or your car broke down are examples of absenteeism. It is a commonly held belief that high rates of absenteeism in an employee population is something to take notice of and a catalyst to implement a plan of action. High absenteeism can be an indication of low morale, job dissatisfaction, and high rates of illness or stress.
Employees who are also providing care to a loved one are less productive at work. Up to 80% of working caregivers admit as much. Connected Caregiving powered by alska can increase productivity in the workplace by offering a platform for employees to manage their caregiving duties more effectively.