Predicting Temporal Trends in Total Absenteeism Rates for Civil Service Employees of a Federal Public Health Agency
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OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the predictability in temporal absences trends due to all causes (total absenteeism) among employees at a federal agency. The objective is to determine how leave trends vary within the year, and determine whether trends are predictable. METHODS: Ten years of absenteeism data from an attendance system were analyzed for rates of total absence. RESULTS: Trends over a 10-year period followed predictable and regular patterns during a given year that correspond to major holiday periods. Temporal trends in leave among small, medium, and large facilities compared favorably with the agency as a whole. CONCLUSIONS: Temporal trends in total absenteeism rates for an organization can be determined using its attendance system. The ability to predict employee absenteeism rates can be extremely helpful for management in optimizing business performance and ensuring that an organization meets its mission.
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