We all know that absence can significantly affect operational costs and efficiency, and has an impact both at a human and productivity level. Failure to manage absence proactively on a fair and consistent basis may lead to entitlement mentality and absence indifference.

The 2011 CIPD Employee Absence survey reports an average per capita cost of absence of £673 per employee per year, up from the £600 reported in the 2008 survey. The overall average absence rate remains at the 2010 level of 7.7 days per employee per year. The public and non-profit sectors reported significantly higher costs of absence per employee than the private sector with the median annual cost per employee in the public sector £800, in the non-profit sector £743 which compares with just £446 in private services and £444 in the production and manufacturing sector.

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