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How Poor Employee Attendance Erodes Profit – and How to Fix It


Poor Employee Attendance

Recent workplace statistics point to a steady rise in cases of absenteeism among employees; this is causing many American companies to lose huge amounts of money every year. According the headhunting firm OnForce, Inc, absenteeism at the workplace doesn’t only affect the workers; its ripple effects can lead to loss of performance and productivity. To counter this growing problem, companies must come up with strategies for improving the work culture and employee morale while acknowledging the problems caused by absenteeism.

Consequences of poor employee attendance

Poor employee attendance cost companies millions of dollars. To add to this reality, studies have shown that 1/3 to 2/3 of all off work, illness excuses are disingenuous. In addition, half of the days taken off by workers are spent attending other matters unrelated to illness. The resulting effect is companies losing money, increase in backlog and the tightening of the loopholes employees use for terminations. Absenteeism can also compromise work quality and lead to an increase in employee turnover in the long-term.


Causes of absenteeism

Causes of absenteeism

There are many reasons advanced by various experts for growing cases of casual absenteeism. The problem became more evident in the early nineties and this can be traced to workplace boredom and low morale. Another school of thought holds that the problem began when employers began issuing voluntary overtime to workers, but this gesture took an opposite turn when employees took it upon them to leave work un-procedurally to attend personal matters.

In return, the guilt of leaving unfinished work pushed employees to look for reprieve elsewhere by abusing the provisions of personal time. The consequence of the excuses then breeds workplace crisis, job burnout, low employee morale and general absence. According to Creative Business Resources website, the top 6 things the management departments can do to prevent the absenteeism include:


Work-Life Balance

1. Ensure proper work-life balance

First thing employers need to do to counter growing cases of absenteeism is create a good work-life balance by not infringing on the employees time and ultimately making sure employees do not abuse the employers time.

2. Improve relationship between employees and supervisor

One of the reasons often cited by workers for leaving their jobs early is a bad relationship between them and their supervisors. The management can solve this problem by encouraging supervisors and employees to participate in group and fun activities such as communal and recreational events to promote social cohesion and mutual understanding.

3. Break up work schedule

Non-compromising and difficult work schedules contribute a lot to rising cases of absenteeism. The management can solve this problem by; breaking the work schedules into small bits; paying more attention to work-life balance and intervening to reduce workplace boredom and strain caused by overbearing activities.

4. Solve the transportation issue

Transportation is always a big concern in the workplace because it can lead to loss of time and money. Since employees come from different places, the management can encourage car-pooling and van commuting to reduce tardiness and absenteeism.

5. Promote healthy workforce

Employers should always strive to have a healthy workforce and work out strategies to regain lost hours. Health issues like smoking should be curtailed to minimize loss of time and prevent future illnesses. Employers can promote healthy living by instituting an exercise studio membership, promoting weight loss contests and sanctioning the selling of fresh fruits in the office.

6. Build a positive work culture

Employers can encourage workers to appreciate and put more effort in their work by building a positive work culture. This can be achieved by promoting freedom, social interaction, friendship and adding periodical breaks.


Overcome absenteeism

How employees can overcome absenteeism

Employees on their part can help solve the problem of poor attendance by:

1. Encouraging positive attitude

Employees need to be positive by cultivating a positive attitude towards work. The management can also come in by helping employees with low morale or those who spend a lot of time commiserating over issues affecting them.

2. Attending time management seminars

Employees trained on the importance of time management often exude a great sense of pride and accomplishment. Time management seminars for workers can also go a long way to reassure the employees that the management cares about them.

3. Placing high value on time

Employees should know and appreciate the true value of time by being punctual at all times. They should also know that attendance and absenteeism can directly affect productivity in the entire workplace.


It is incumbent upon HR departments and HR outsourcing firms to find the reasons causing poor employees attendance in their respective stations and prevent them in order to improve the company’s bottom line. These solutions must include an avenue for employees to address their issues while encouraging prudent time keeping strategies. Employers should also review how the jobs are structured and pay attention to workers entitlements in order to challenge and motivate employees accordingly.



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Long Overdue ABLE Account Regulations

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account provision became law late in 2014. The loved ones of those living with disabilities can now fund accounts, up to $14,000 per year, and as long as withdrawals are for disability-related expenses, they will be tax-free. These accounts will serve millions of people who have desperately needed the IRS to get behind this measure. This might be the best thing the IRS has ever done.


ABLE account

ABLE account


What Qualifies?

In June, six months after these accounts became law under Section 529 of the U.S. tax code, the IRS has clarified what will be considered qualified expenses. They took a very broad view of what will qualify as an approved expense. Millions rejoiced in this leniency as now their loved ones who are living with disabilities will have access to funds to buy things that will enhance their lives, like a tablet for instance, and not have to produce receipts and reasons regarding why it should be an approved expense.

The way ABLE accounts are structured now, any expenses must simply serve to enhance the quality of life of a person living with a disability without the requirement of proving medical necessity.


Disabled children

Disabled children

Annuitizing Care for Your Loved One

Having a child with a disability is very hard. Most parents can start to release the grip on their children once they head off to college. For parents of individuals with disabilities, they can never fully let go. Concern for their well-being is enough to keep them awake at night. This concern continues well into their adult years, if the disability persists. It is wonderful that these accounts are in existence as parents can now basically build an annuity for their loved one.

Over the course of many years, that money will grow and serve to take care of their loved one long after they are gone. This provides such relief to people who live with the certainty that someday they will no longer be here, leaving their disabled loved one to fend for themselves. It is a heartbreaking story that these ABLE accounts can now serve to make a little less upsetting for all parties concerned. Implementation of ABLE accounts was long overdue.




Eligibility for Means-Tested Programs Remains Unaffected by ABLE Account Values

One of the most important features of these accounts is that the values are not counted as an asset of the disabled person when calculating their eligibility for federal means-tested programs, like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is a very important feature of ABLE accounts as means-testing has served to discourage savings in the past.

This allows for planning for the future without having to worry about being negated from inclusion in necessary government programs, like Medicare for example. Another important provision is the protection of these accounts in the event of bankruptcy. As long as donations were made up to 2 years prior to filing for bankruptcy, they are generally shielded from these proceedings.





There are limits about how much money can be in an ABLE account before government benefits will be suspended. Should the assets in an ABLE account reach $100,000, and the disabled individual is receiving SSI, their SSI benefits will be placed in suspension until the account value is under $100,000 again. SSI benefits will resume at that point.

Medicaid eligibility will not be affected by the amount of funds held in an ABLE account even in the event of SSI suspension. One important thing to remember regarding Medicaid is if the person is no longer considered disabled, all funds held in an ABLE account will be used to payback any State Medicaid plan up to, but not to exceed, the value of services provided.


College 529 Plans

College 529 Plans

Different from College 529 Plans

ABLE accounts and college 529 plans are both authorized under the same section of the tax code. Although there are several similarities, these accounts differ in a few very specific ways. College funds can be purchased in any state, and each person can have several 529 plans in their name.

ABLE accounts can be opened only in the state where the disabled person resides, and they can only have 1 account in their name. Aside from this slight limitation, these accounts will now serve a void when estate planning for families with disabled children. ABLE accounts will not solve every problem for these families and individuals living with disabilities, but it is a very important step in the right direction.


Author Bio:


I’m a Tax Professional based in New Hampshire. Blogging about Tax and Accounting topics is my thing!
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