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1 February 2023 | by Becky Turner
The main impacts absenteeism brings to employers are:
It might be easy to blame the impact of absenteeism on a few bad-apples, but the real causes of these unauthorised and unjustified absences cut deeper; such as:
Research shows how flexible working arrangements are key to reducing absenteeism. Taking flexible working arrangements a step further into hybrid working has been shown to reduce absenteeism by between 26% and 88% (Global Workplace Analytics).
This clear link is largely due to employees having a level of autonomy over where and when they work and absenteeism is due to many factors, such as; less exposure to sick co-workers, handle personal appointments, exposure to fewer environmental and occupational hazards, less commuter barriers (particularly in a world of train strikes and high fuel costs!).
Research has also shown that colleagues working within a hybrid model are happier in their work, therefore reduce
Whilst hybrid working models are expected to reduce absenteeism by 30% (Baker, D., 2021), the office must reflect a hybrid design in order to maximise on this reduction of absenteeism levels. This design would encompass:
If you would like to learn more about how important an inclusive workplace is in reducing the rate of absenteeism, check out our Annual Insight Report ‘Balanced Workplaces.’
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