What is absenteeism?

Employee absenteeism is consistent absence from work without good reason. 

Why is absenteeism important?

The harmful knock-on effects of employee absenteeism can be far-reaching, from significant losses in productivity and financial performance, to tension and stress arising in teams when coworkers have to cover for an absent colleague, to a widespread collapse in morale, motivation and company culture.

Absenteeism may be a warning sign of a mental health-related issue. Bullying and harassment, a chronic medical condition, family issues, team and management issues and a poor company culture are common reasons for absenteeism.

Warning signs of absenteeism:

  • No-call-no-shows. An employee fails to show up for work without notifying anyone of their absence. 
  • Calling in sick. Employees may use the excuse of illness to avoid coming to work for other reasons, particularly if they call last-minute.
  • Extended breaks. When someone never seems to be at their desk or is taking longer lunches than the company allows on a regular basis, it can indicate a larger problem.
  • Consistently leaving early or arriving late.


How nilo.health can help

Mental health issues such as depression, burnout and stress are common reasons for absenteeism, as well as workplace bullying and harassment. Employee wellness programs like nilo.health’s that teach psychologically safe team communication, good leadership, self-care and mindfulness can go a long way toward supporting employees in need. 

Flexible, easily accessible and science-based, nilo.health’s platform gives employees access to counseling sessions as well as wide-ranging tools and resources to support their mental health and well-being in the workplace and beyond.

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