Some key data:
-* Workers main day of absence is on Monday (24%)
-* One day decease: Employees: 30%, and Laborers: 17%
-* Cost of waiting day: 500 MM EUR / year for companies
-* Most affected areas: quaternary sector, non-profit, health care and social assistance.
Number of hours people are missing
– * Annually: 72 h /laborers – 49hh/employees
– * Part-time 56 hours/year vs. full-time 43h/year
– * Difference between SME’s (33h/year) and Large Enterprises (54h/year)
– * Long-term absenteeism (2002-2012): 1.60% to 2.33% (from one month to less than a year)
– * Short-term absenteeism (2002-2012): 2.02% to 2.44%
Details and findings (SD Worx study)
– * Employees Diseases per day: on a Monday (24%) (23.5%) on a Friday (17%) on a Tuesday (16.5%) and a Wednesday (16%) on a Thursday. The day before or after a holiday and the day after a local event are also popular for absences for one day.
– * “Tolerate absenteeism, creates it” by François Lombard (expert absenteeism SD Worx). “It is much more difficult to be absent in smaller organizations because the boss knows his stuff, works with him and calls faster people about their behavior. In large organizations, more anonymous, employees can more easily shirk”.
– * SME managers are proactive in relation to shirking. Indeed, 81% of SMEs require a medical certificate, even if their employee is absent only for a day.
– * The Laborers status don’t provide a “waiting day” compared with employees.
– * Belgian companies have unusually high rate of absenteeism. This is seen especially in large organizations where absenteeism seems tolerated.
– * For the defense of the “missing” employees we notice that depending on Karasek’s typology, based on a questionnaire that measures stress at work (says François Lombard) health care workers and in the social assistance have exhausting jobs with high demands for their tasks and limited autonomy. They have many responsibilities and must perform their duties at a frantic pace, but they have a relatively limited autonomy because of the many procedures and rules. Persons performing such jobs have seen the highest absenteeism. ‘