Saturday, 24 August 2013

Absent without leave

I read some data the other day on the level of absence in the Australian public sector.  It was astonishingly high.

Do you know what the levels of absence are in your organisation and how they compare to similar organisations?

Absence is a good diagnostic symptom . .. it tells you something is wrong but not what.

There are a number of possibilities.  One is that you work your employees so hard or treat them so badly that they suffer stress. Another is that the nature of the work is so unfulfilling that workers lose motivation.

Whatever the reason something has to be done ....  but that 'something' must be based on a clear understanding of the problem.  So you have to look beyond the absence figures at possible and probable causes - and then take action.

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