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Reduce Employee Absenteeism and Hire Reliable Employees

Aug 7, 2008
Is there anything that frustrates employers more than employees who fail to report for work? This article will provide you with information that will help your organization reduce employee absenteeism and hire reliable employees. Whether you're an executive, a manager or a team leader, the following information will be beneficial to you.

Wouldn't it be great if you could identify job applicants who will be consistent and reliable employees? When you screen employees in your recruiting and selection process, you have much more critical information with which to make better hiring decisions. The end result is that you will hire significantly more honest, dependable, hard-working, and drug-free employees. This helps you populate your organization with reliable employees who will make gains in productivity, improved company morale, and increased profits.

Organizations with high absenteeism and employee reliability issues cannot function efficiently. An absence refers to time an employee is not on the job during scheduled working hours, except for a granted leave of absence, holiday, or vacation time. Let's take a look at how your organization operational costs can be affected by excessive employee absenteeism. To calculate your organization's absenteeism rate, we suggest the following formula:

Number of Employees in the Company/Department 100

Average Monthly Salary per person $3,200

Benefits (estimated 35% monthly salary) $1,120

Total Monthly Compensation $4,320

Average number of workdays missed in a month 4

Average cost of absenteeism per day $1,899

Total Cost of Absenteeism Annually $691,200

Pre employment screening is a vital component of a successful employee selection system. They can help you screen for reliable employees early in your selection process.

Employee absenteeism stems from many places, including those outside of work. Before you hire a new employee, wouldn't it be beneficial to know their attitude toward integrity, substance abuse, reliability and work ethic?

Employee theft and fraud put thousands of companies out of business every year. The average cost of employee theft and fraud is over $2,000 a year, according to experts who have studied the problem. A lack of employee integrity can also be the root cause of many problems a company faces. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says employee theft contributes to one-third of business failures. Put another way, thousands of employers have their businesses stolen by the people they thought were working for them. Thus, there is a need for employers to hire more trustworthy people with integrity and responsibility, who are drug-free and hardworking.

Pre-employment assessments can help your organization gather essential information about a job candidate's history of risky workplace behavior, use of drugs and alcohol, misuse of company resources, email and Internet abuse, trust with the company's proprietary information and confidential data, and other factors an employer ought to know before making a job offer. They also examine attitudes regarding integrity, personal responsibility, drug use, and work ethic.

Pre-employment screening assessments belong in every company's standard hiring process for every position. It can make the difference between a thriving, profitable business and one that continually teeters on the brink of failure.
About the Author
Jim Sirbasku is co-founder and CEO of Profiles International, a leading provider of human resource management solutions and employment assessments for businesses worldwide. For more information about using assessments to reduce employee absenteeism and hire reliable employees , visit our website.
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