Work absence in Australia

Crawford, R. D. (1979). Work absence in Australia Master's Thesis, School of Business, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Crawford, R. D.
Thesis Title Work absence in Australia
School, Centre or Institute School of Business
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1979
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 100
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract This thesis is concerned with identification of the major items causing non-approved work absence and estimation of their likely sizes.

There are three basic reasons for temporary non-approved work absence - sickness. accidents and industrial disputes. The thesis first estimates the total working days lost in Australia and then estimations are made of the individual causal items to leave a balance of working days lost not accounted for - this is the estimate of avoidable, temporary non-approved sickness absence. known in Australia as “the sickie”. These estimations complete the “pie-chart" of absence and provide an effective definition of the Australian temporary withdrawal from work problem.

The various absence types are then considered from the viewpoint of responsiveness to management intervention. Some are not responsive at all 0- e.g., the IIrea111 sicknesses which are the province of medical researchers; others are somewhat responsive; and two areas are highly responsive to management intervention. These latter items are “the sickie" (which is the largest item causing these temporary work losses in Australia) and Industrial accidents.

The Items which are responsive to management Intervention in either of these two areas are then considered. and actions designed to minimise the effects of these types of avoidable temporary non-approved work absences are discussed.


 
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