Worker absenteeism costs companies an estimated $74 billion a year,
according to a story in the Nov. 12 issue of BusinessWeek. So it's no
wonder some businesses are clamping down on employees taking time off,
especially for less-than-legitimate reasons.
According to the article:
Some companies are instituting tough policies to combat hooky. Others
are limiting the amount of time you can take off before unpaid leave
kicks in. And then there are those using brawny human resources
software that mines worker data and analyzes no-shows--from the hourly
scut worker straight up to the middle ranks of the salaried class.
These strategies are sure to irk some employees, as the story mentions, who find that "the new crackdown smacks of Big Brother."
But some policies could prove useful.