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Monday, November 08, 2004

Missing From Action? Unscheduled Absence Hits 5 Year High

If your employees are not showing up in greater numbers than in the past, you are not alone according to the story, Unscheduled absenteeism soars; reasons, solutions vary from HR News found at SHRM's website. Different methods are being used to try to combat the problem, which rose to 2.4% last year, a .5% increase from the year before. One company has gone from buying donuts for a department when they met certain attendance standards to $40 and $20 gift cards every two months to employees who meet attendance and safety goals. No report on whether the decline in the success of the donuts as a motivator was correlated with the rise of Atkins dieting among the workforce!

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