Small Firms: Managing absenteeism effectively

Companies need a structured process to handle staff absenteeism, writes Avine McNally, assistant director of the SFA.

11th December, 2011
Small Firms: Managing absenteeism effectively
Avine McNally, assistant director of the SFA: the first step in addressing absenteeism is for management to have a policy. Photo: Feargal Ward

A recent report by the Small Firms Association (SFA) shows that small businesses in Ireland lose on average €563 million per annum through absenteeism.

Absenteeism is defined as all absence from work other than annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave, jury duty and days lost to strikes and lay-offs. It includes days lost due to illness, long-term absence, exam and study leave, compassionate leave, married/civil partnership leave and parental leave.

The national average absenteeism...

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