The absenteeism rate is primarily a percentage value that results from the number of absent hours divided by the working hours to be performed and can then be expressed as a percentage.
Their recording is important because many types of absence (such as illness or necessary visits to the doctor) lead to continued payment of wages. The employer has the cost of these working hours, but does not receive any specific work.
Calculation of the absenteeism rate
Absence rate = (absenteeism / planned working time) * 100
Example calculation of the absenteeism rate
Absence rate = (900 h / 80,000 h) * 100 = 1.125%
Interpretation of the absenteeism rate
Most companies have a long-term time series of historical absence rates; it is best if this is also managed for each department or area of activity.
While a certain rate of absenteeism can be accepted, depending on the industry, for example through visits to the doctor, preventive medical check-ups or minor illnesses such as colds or flu, the absenteeism rate is also an early warning system: If this increases, it can be due to poor working conditions, a lack of motivation or internal resignations .
For these reasons, the absenteeism rate is not just a simple figure from human resources management, but also an indicator of problems in the company.