Understanding why employees are absent


Last Published  01 August 2012

This tool identifies and outlines the four main reasons why employees may need to be absent from work: absence due to genuine sickness; absence due to non-illness-related personal circumstances, eg to care for an ill relative; absence for authorised reasons, such as annual leave and parental leave; and non-genuine absence. The organisational response to each of these scenarios should be tailored in each case and is likely to also be determined by the length of the absence.

Tool aim
  • To understand and appreciate the reason why employees are absent.