For a lot of people, Monday morning is a drag.

As a result, Monday is usually the day that most employees “call in sick.”  Yes good old Monday, the day that jump starts the business work week.  Monday is the day when a business is once again building momentum after the weekend.

So Monday morning absent employees can cause a serious stumble right out of the gate.

For employers, the constant absent employee throws a huge monkey wrench into the machinery of an operation.   Here’s the thing- a “no show” employee should be a “no go” employee for most businesses.

As a business owner of a healthcare executive search firm, I know first hand that very few things about my business aggravates me more than employee absenteeism.

Of course things happen in our lives that might prevent us from coming to work.  We get sick, our kids get sick, etc.

But come on.  Many employees burn threw whatever sick days they have accrued within the first few months of a new year.  Not good.

So what do you do if you are an employer with an employee plagued with absenteeism?

For starters: stop being held hostage to an absent employee.  You are being delusional if you think things might change- so take action immediately.

First, provide a clear warning to an employee with absenteeism issues.  Even better if the warning is in writing.

If it keeps happening than an absent employee needs to be fired.  Plain and simple.

Replace that person with a show up employee and watch the results.  No employer should ever fall into the delusional trap that an employee in the work force is “irreplaceable.”

No employer should ever hold on to an employee with absenteeism issues. Maybe it is time for a permanent absence.

When evaluating an employee, it’s NOT just about performance.  Showing up consistently is just as critical in performance evaluations as performance.

In summary, if you are a business owner or a manager, wake up!

Stop your own absence and take a cold hard look at employee absenteeism.


I am Bernie Reifkind, CEO and founder of Premier Search, Inc. I can be reached at 1(800) 801-1400 or email at  I welcome your phone call.