Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1982

Publication Title

Human Resource Planning Journal

Volume

5

Issue

4

Pages

225-232

Abstract

Although absenteeism rates can be reduced significantly in most organizations, it must be recognized that absenteeism is a legitimate employee benefit and will occur at some level despite control efforts. The author proposes that a human resource planning approach can substantially reduce the cost of absenteeism by staffing for predicted levels of absenteeism. There are three preconditions for such an approach: (1) absenteeism measures must be developed and attendance data collected: (2) the probability that jobs will be vacant must be calculated; and (3) a cost analysis for alternative strategies of filling job vacancies must be completed. Diagnostic instruments are included so managers can determine if this approach will reduce cost of absenteeism for their organizations. Dow Scott is with the College of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Author Posting. © 1982 HR People + Strategy. This article is posted here by permission of HR People + Strategy for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Human Resource Planning Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, 1982. http://www.hrps.org/?page=PeopleStrategy.

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