Are You Often Absent From Work? Part 2: Why You Should Care

Aug 1, 2019

This is part 2 of 2 blogs discussing work absences. Read part 1 here.

Who cares if you miss work often? Your employer certainly does. Unscheduled absences cost companies around $3,600 per year for each hourly worker and $2,650 each year for each salaried worker.

You should care, too. There are lots of consequences to missing work. But let’s focus on the positive. Here are some benefits to having good attendance at work.

More Likely to Get Hired

If you are a temporary employee, your assignment can end at any time. If you are consistentlypresent and ready to work, employers may look to hire you over another worker. This is especially true if you are a temporary worker because your recruiter knows your history. It’s hard to advocate for hiring someone who doesn’t make the effort to show up when scheduled.

Consistent Pay

It’s pretty straightforward: if you are attending work every shift, you’re getting paid for every shift. Not only does your company lose money when you are absent, but you don’t get paid for time you don’t work. Even if you have paid leave, once you burn through it you’re out of luck. If you encounter an emergency situation and have no leave left, you’re taking unpaid leave to deal with things.

Promotion Potential

Picture two workers: Mary is absent from work a lot and doesn’t let her employer know if there is a special circumstance surrounding her absences. Mark is always on time, always present when scheduled, and communicates clearly and in advance when he will need to miss work. Who would you promote? Employees who regularly attend work and perform well are more likely to continue to advance in their career path.

Being a Good Role Model

You can be an example for others in your family and community. By showing them that you take pride in your work and attend work regularly, you’re influencing the next generation of workers. Remember, the future workers are the ones who will be taking care of us in our old age! Teaching dependability and pride in your work can only benefit everyone in the future.

Written by: Sarah Perlman

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