Absenteeism has always been higher in 24/7 and shiftwork operations. As CIRCADIAN’s Shiftwork Practices report shows the average annual cost of absenteeism is $3,072 per shiftworker as compared to $970 for daytime workers. The problems of fatigue, irregular hours and lack of access to services increase the probability that an employee will call in sick or be otherwise absent.
A new mechanism which can trigger excess absenteeism in the USA is the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. Several court rulings have expanded the protections to shiftworking employees under this act.
How CIRCADIAN can help:
- Shiftwork Opportunity Assessment. CIRCADIAN’s experts can help you evaluate the issues that are leading to potential abuses of FMLA or other causes of excess employee absenteeism, and chart out an effective program to address the root causes of the problem.
- Management Reports. CIRCADIAN publishes management reports which clarify the issues and the approaches to managing these problems.
- Expert Testimony. CIRCADIAN can provide expert research-based testimony and expert scientific opinions for clients who are litigating these issues