It was a warm Sunday afternoon on 22nd January 2017. As I scrolled up and down on my phone to check trending gist and news updates, I stumbled upon an alarming headline from the twitter handle of Leadership newspaper: Bayelsa government declares “No work, No Pay” for civil servants. Apparently, employees’ notorious absenteeism had crippled the operations of the state, one of the country’s oil producing areas.
I shook my head in frustration as I reflected on the future of our country. This monster has been ravaging the Nigerian workplace for ages and employers- in both public and private sectors- seem helpless to curb it. It is quite shocking that in this 21st century where artificial intelligence prepares meals, check guests in at a hotel, drive a car or control traffic across the globe, our workplace is grappling with controlling employees who are draining the public coffers.
Research has shown that agencies and MDAs loose a whopping 25% on employee absenteeism. Recurrent expenditure- mostly on salaries and wages- takes a chunk of the yearly budget due to a bulging civil service, thus leaving little or no fund for health facilities, fire service, schools, roads, drainages and other infrastructure.
Of critical importance to any responsible government- federal, state and local- especially during this period when every penny counts, is the search for solutions or strategies to curb absenteeism. In reality, absenteeism goes beyond absence from work. It includes late arrival, leaving early, extended breaks, attending to private business, feigned illness, to mention a few. Just like the ghost worker syndrome is a monster that must be dealt with, our civil service today had degenerated due to lack of attention to and proper monitoring by immediate supervisors. It is a fact that employees miss a certain number of workdays each year, hence provision is made for casual leave. However, excessive absences lead to decreased productivity.
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