A recent study entitled “Absenteeism in the Middle East Workplace” has discovered that low job satisfaction and lack of responsibility are the primary reasons for employee absenteeism. Other reasons highlighted included demotivation, poor employee/manager relations, home/family responsibilities and health conditions.
Absenteeism is one of the most continuous obstacle in the workplace to productivity, profitability and competitiveness. It results in overtime, late deliveries, dissatisfied customers and a decline in employee morale amongst employees.
Unplanned absence day was as common as one a month for almost 12% of those surveyed. More than 50% also believed that senior employees took more unplanned leave compared to others and the majority of the respondents (51%) agreed that a reward structure for those with regular and punctual attendance was a good way to lower rates of absenteeism.
The survey included more than 9,000 employees across 12 countries in the Middle East by bayt.com