The relationship between absenteeism and employer-sponsored child care

  • B Anderson
  • DJ Geldenhuys


Given the high loss of revenue due to absenteeism, exploring different
ways of managing absenteeism in South African companies, such as
family-friendly practices, has become important. Establishing onsite
employer-sponsored child-care facilities is an example of such
4The purpose of this article is, firstly, to report on exploratory research
that was done to examine the relationship between absenteeism and
on-site employer-sponsored child care. The following dimensions
of absenteeism were examined over a period of one year: absence
frequency, absence severity, attitudinal absence and medical
absence. The results of two companies, one with a facility and one
without a facility, were then compared in order to establish the
relationship between absenteeism and an on-site facility. Secondly,
this article also reports on the relationship between demographic
variables and absenteeism.
5The results indicate a significant negative relationship between onsite
employer-sponsored child care and absenteeism. Regarding
the influence of demographical variables, significant differences
were found with respect to absenteeism-based marital status and
age, while no significant difference was found with respect to
absenteeism based on gender and race.
6This article makes a specific contribution to studies on the use
of on-site employer-sponsored child-care facilities for managing
absenteeism, specifically in the South African context, and also sheds new light on the influence of demographical variables on

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