Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Absenteeism'
n : habitual absence from work
- Absenteeism \Ab`sen*tee"ism\, n.
The state or practice of an absentee; esp. the practice of
absenting one's self from the country or district where one's
estate is situated.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Absenteeism'
Absenteeism is a habitual pattern of absence from a duty or obligation. Traditionally, absenteeism has been viewed as an indicator of poor individual performance, as well as a breach of an implicit contract between employee and employer; it was seen as a management problem, and framed in economic or quasi-economic terms. More recent scholarship seeks to understand absenteeism as an indicator of psychological, medical, or social adjustment to work.
Frequent absence from the workplace may be indicative of poor morale or of sick building syndrome. However, many employers have implemented absence policies which make no distinction between absences for genuine illness and absence for inappropriate reasons. One of these policies is the calculation of the Bradford factor, which only takes the total number and frequency of absences into account, not the kind of absence.[See more about Absenteeism at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]