As companies across the country try to do more with less, worker fatigue
is becoming a growing problem as overworked employees struggle to keep
up with increased demands. One consequence of having a fatigued work staff
is that workers tend to ‘burn out” and take time off of work.
The average absenteeism rate for an American worker is 3.1% - 64 hours
Common Reasons for Unscheduled Absences
Not including scheduled vacation time, here is a breakdown of the reasons
for unscheduled worker absences.
- Illness – 30%
- Personal needs – 27%
- Family issues – 20%
- Stress – 12%
- Entitlement mentality – 12%
The Dangers of Worker Absenteeism
High rates of worker absenteeism lead to many safety risks. The lost productivity
generally must be replaced by either less skilled workers or through overtime.
Excessive overtime rates and less skilled employees present a number of
risks to companies, including:
- Poor morale
- Inability to meet demand
- Reduced productivity
- Rise in safety concerns
- Increased injury rates
- High turnover rates
The Hidden Costs of Worker Absenteeism
As noted earlier, the average American worker misses 64 work hours a year
due to unscheduled absences. This costs companies an average of $2,660
per worker. For a company that employs 500 workers, that adds up to over
$1.3 million a year in absenteeism costs. It is estimated that lost production
due to absenteeism due to fatigued workers costs U.S. companies over $150
billion a year.
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