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Workplace Wellness/Health Promotion Glossary

Absenteeism
Absenteeism is the term generally used to refer to unscheduled employee absences from the workplace. Many causes of absenteeism are legitimate—personal illness or family issues, for example—but absenteeism also can often be traced to other factors such as a poor work environment or workers who are not committed to their jobs. If such absences become excessive, they can have a seriously adverse impact on a business's operations and, ultimately, its profitability.

Absenteeism is also the most common indicator used to measure the economic impact of health promotion programs and workplace wellness programs. In this context it also includes short and long term disability as well as worker's compensation days.

It is generally accepted that as a single measure this is not an accurate representation of what is going on in the workplace, as presenteeism is equally a factor.

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