Recently we wrote about how Mondays have the highest absence occurrence and how it can be a sign of dissatisfaction and low engagement with one’s job. Some studies are pointing to the reasons for absence as essentially boredom or employees who are feeling unfulfilled. At the other end of the spectrum employers are seeing increase in absenteeism because employees are stressed and overwhelmed by workload or expectations. These seemingly benign absences can lead to more long term issues such as lost productivity, claims and litigation.
An article written recently on MSNBC Careers highlights another potential risk associated with being bored on the job-employees turning to alcohol to cope.
A study of 102 office workers in the UK concluded that 25% were bored at work most of the time and that those individuals suffered from chronic boredom resulting in more stress, more absences and a desire to leave the position. A third of respondents indicated they were more likely to drink after a boring day of work. Alcohol and substance abuse as a coping mechanism has the potential of entering the workplace when it becomes a habit for an employee. This presents higher risk of employee absence, potential workplace violence issues and may lead the employee to take unnecessary risks such as vandalizing, stealing or sabotaging searching for stimulation to cure their boredom.
A sense of belonging and self- worth goes a long way to encourage engagement with your employees. Assessing the mental health needs of your workplace and creating a pro-attendance environment are one of the many strategies we discuss in our upcoming Employee Absence Does Not Make the Heart Grow Fonder learning session.
How are you creating a pro-attendance healthy work environment? Join us on Wednesday February 15th at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce where we will discuss strategies for managing employee absence.
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