"Managers feel powerless in the face of absenteeism" says author

May 2003
Management Services;May2003, Vol. 47 Issue 5, p9
Academic Journal
According to Hugh Murray, author of a training video called 'Challenging Absenteeism,' managers feel they have no power to address employee absenteeism in Great Britain, partly because of the stream of legislation that no manager can realistically be expected to keep abreast with. Managers are left with a sense that it is just too risky to take any action when workers behave in ways that damage their employers' businesses. It is estimated that up to 200 million working days are lost annually due to absence, costing the economy 12 billion pounds. Polls reveal that absence levels can be curtailed if employers confront the issues and take effective measures that tackle two areas: the culture of the organization, and the reasons people who could come to work do not.


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