I am working for a manufacturing unit and we are facing a lot of problem because of workers absenteeism. We have used different methods to minimize this like giving attendance bonus, taking disciplinary action but still facing problem. So, if some other methods, if anybody can suggest?

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Dear Ms.Prachi,
My Understanding about your problem,
Even after giving them Bonus, if they are not regular to work, then I don't think so they are FIT to an employee.
try to find their real Problem for going on leave regularly.
ex: travelling distance b/w off to work

From India, Bangalore

Dear Prachi,
You can a orientation program with all workers.
We have also faced the same problem so we did some efforts and successfully reduse the rate of absentism :
1. Interact with individual labour, give him/her atleast 5 minutes time to hear his/her problems.
2. Design a Survey Format to know what workers think about his/her jobs and job resposibilities.
3. Talk with them in Lunch/Tea Hours so the production could not hampers.
4. Find the main drawbak and analyis. Report to Sr. Management. Prepare Training Programs for Workers.
Also see about your Compansation structure of workers (Wages + OT + Incentives),
you will surely find the solutions.
Surendra Shekhawat

From India, Jaipur
Dinesh Divekar

Dear Prachi,
Have you done analysis of the absenteeism? If yes, then on what parameters? Please check my following reply to the previous post:
Dinesh V Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Assuming that you have undergone the required processes like mentioned above, the study, the interaction........ all i could suggest is if still the situation is not under control, and here bonus is also not an issue, just call for a meeting and strictly inform them that they need not continue their employment at the company if they are not interested, and the company is happy to recruit the new batch as soon as possible, and if the employees are not willing to submit their resignations company will not hesitate ti fire them based on the employee irregularities....... if at all if they are interested then company is not willing to look the list of absentees........ do not bee too rough be very strict..... and also make sure the point very subtle that the firing process is already being considered and list is being prepared.........
All the best..........

From India, Bangalore

Dear All,
Thank you so much for all your inputs and insights. Atleast, now I am aware how to move forward. We have workers union, so what you have suggested BSSV, would be little difficult to do, but anyways we can always discuss and talk.
I will share my experience (result) once I implement it.
Regards, Prachi.

From India, Mumbai

Sometimes no technically sound solutions will work as there is always some exceptions to any rule. Only some out of the Box thinking can only work. Mine was one such. successful One.

This company was having some 25 workers and 7 staff. the general attendance was between 16/18 and 5. They have tried all sorts of incentives but in vain.

The study revealed 1. the age was not a reason to absent 2. the married ones were 80% 3. the travel distance was comparatively more in about 45%. 4. the educational status were more or less same and hence was not a reason. 5. The behavioural attitude was also not a major aspect.

7. The transport aspect was another factor to notice as sometimes it took more than 2 hrs to reach home. the incentives had not given any scope for change.

At this stage something struck me that only moral pressure can change their attitude. The best would be Family pressure.

I instructed to issue a Sweet pocket to each every day while leaving the work. when the GM asked me how this is going to change their attitude when better incentives could not. I did not reveal my belief to him but asked for 15 days time to the experiment.

I followed it up with some 5 honest workers without the knowledge of the GM. I requested them to just go to absentees' home if it is nearer and just inquire foir him if he is at home and just enqire the family how they enjoy the sweet everyday , This is called letting the cat out.

If he had given the sweet and inform them that coy is giving sweet everyday now. Automatically his wife , children or father mother will start waiting for the same and if he is taking one with him he will be questioned why he has not brought one. A sort of pressure from the family.

If the house is not nearer they will just use the phone.

The ultimate aim is to put him a pressure which will be from his people whom he loves. It really dramatically worked and in about 15 days the attendance showed an improvement to 10/12 and then in a months time it went up 4/6. but lowest was only 3 and not showed 0 at any time.

Then we changed it to school notebooks/ a sari if there is full attendance for 4 months of course with attendance bonus and full family outing within 100 km every year.

the result was stable from there on.

This is only a suggestion and worth trying. I do not give any guarantee please.


From India, Madras

Hello Prachi,
An EXCELLENT Out-of-Box thinking solution from Muthukrishnan.
More often, emotional and/or psychological pressure works better than money or positions--I have seen people responding more positively to such methods.
But Muthukrishnan--I am sure the giving-of-sweets daily WOULD have become a habit with the employees, which would have it's own backlash IF stopped? Did you continue the practice ever-since? If not, how did you handle the associated situations?

From India, Hyderabad

Major issues are faced by the employees include the pressure, this trick may work on the newly joined, post college period employees, and also one who's got bad habits like drinking, gambling as such.......

......."but if an employee's got the genuine issues which are resulting in absenteeism then I never support pressurizing such employees, because you must have to have concern about their health too both physical and mental!! you shall really and really need to be aware of the kind of situations or crisis a employee is undergoing, the sugar patients, BP, thyroids, infections are common among them which cause lot of both physical and mental imbalances, despite of affecting their moods and body strength, just imagine already pressurized diabetic or BP patients getting more dosages, no doubt sometimes it cause even death because you will never know what kind of family environment he is in!! it will be added up with financial, and many more.....

Just think of a female employee, one enquiry from a company like this may cause lots of problems based on assumptions of the family which are the results of enquiry!! how much ever subtle you are still most of the families do take more care and concern about their mothers/daughters/wives/sisters....... she will have to face the family in a very different way for a long time......

to brief it, almost everyone. may say 85 for 100 are facing lots of issues every day, in which 60% are in depression stages 1,2 or 3..... above that the SCHOOL COMPLAINTS....... I do not know!! He/she must save himself/herself atleast to smile once or twice a day........

No normal employee would be interested in spoiling the reputation by avoiding attending the company for twice a week or more, except they fall under work-thief category, ... they must be facing something, always better to give some time and then take interest in them and then taking actions against their behaviours if necessary.....

I SINCERELY REQUEST, if at all if anyone would wanna follow these kind of steps, please think of the consequences, and do some homework to know what exactly the employees are going through, and then decide whether it is a suitable solution or not.....

well......... Have a nice day.........

From India, Bangalore

Hi Prachi,
Firstly, you need to manage the Organisation system in a proper mange and give the equally importance to every employee!!!!
Ask to every employee and solve their problem!!!
Motivate the employee if they done the work!!!
Organised some motivational activity so they can make their interest more in the organisation!!!
Dipal Shah

From India, Vadodara

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