Officer Absenteeism affects Everyone
Three to six percent of workers are absent on any given day. Employees who are absent for good cause have legitimate reasons – e.g. sickness or family member illness. This is the case for a vast majority of employees. However, when an employee is absent frequently, their commitment is often challenged — they may be perceived as unwilling to honor their employment commitment or as having a bad attitude.

Frequent absenteeism can result in:

• Decreased quality of officer performance

• Other officers feeling like they have been treated unfairly when they perceive absent officers as “getting away with it”

• Stress to the security team when employee absenteeism is not controlled. Absence is directly related to attitude.

Employers have the right to expect responsible behavior when a healthy working environment is provided. We all make commitments in life. One of those commitments is to be on the job performing our duties and responsibilities as we agreed when offered employment. Could your attitude or attendance be improved? Are we absent for the right reasons or just because we have something else we want to do?

Absenteeism can create a morale problem, an organizational problem and sometimes even a safety problem. Officers should continue to work together and honor their commitment — be at work on the days and times scheduled.

The True Cost of Absenteeism
Employee absenteeism is a major drain on organizations. It costs businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
The following are examples of costs associated with frequently absent employees:
• Administrative costs related to rescheduling staff

• Additional payroll costs for overtime pay

• Increased training costs for temporary replacement officers
• Potential insurance claims and legal fees resulting from an accident by a replacement officer

• Potential client and revenue losses resulting from frequent absenteeism (or officer bad attitudes)

Any business that has 15% of its employees out at any one time will compromise its profits, productivity and performance. And, with business compromise comes employee compromise.As with most companies, it is generally understood that we all need to be gone from work occasionally due to a legitimate reason such as illness. One of the most important steps you can take if you are absent, is to keep your supervisors informed of your absence and make every effort to avoid unnecessary days away from work.

Do your part in reducing absenteeism to reduce its associated costs as well as ensure client satisfaction.

Getting A Good Night’s Sleep
Insomnia, sleep apnea and other problems prevent some 40 million Americans from getting a restful night of sleep. Sleepless nights are not only frustrating, but they can put you at risk for obesity or high blood pressure. Often, it’s just circumstances that are causing the insomnia. Try some of these steps to prevent sleepless nights.Don’t consume caffeine, including chocolate, within four to six hours of bedtime. Also, avoid late meals and consuming spicy foods before bed.

Regular exercise can give you better rest, but avoid exercising within two hours of sleep. Exercising raises your heart rate and body temperature which can keep you up.

If you lay in bed with your mind racing, try journaling your thoughts so you can recall and act on them later. Avoid over-the-counter sleep aids. They might help you sleep if you suffer from aches and pains, but your body will build a tolerance after a few nights and reduce their effects.
- adapted from Real Simple

Learning From Our Mistakes
You’ve probably heard your whole life that it’s important to learn from your mistakes. While it sounds easy, most people need to be remember how to recognize a mistake.

It may help you to think of certain experiences in the workplace as a mistake rather than someone else’s problems. In the workplace, when a co-worker or someone tells us something we don’t want to hear, we tend to become defensive. Redefining this experience as a problem allows us to deal with and improve a greater number of negative situations.

Take the initiative to ask yourself what you could have done different and explore some options for the prevention of the problems. Make a commitment to use this knowledge in the future to avoid a similar mistakes as well as defensive behavior.

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