ab·​sen·​tee·​ism | \ ˌab-sən-ˈtē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce absenteeism (audio) \

Definition of absenteeism

1 : prolonged absence of an owner from his or her property
2 : chronic absence (as from work or school) also : the rate of such absence

Examples of absenteeism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, Gallup found that highly engaged teams can realize a 41% reduction in absenteeism and 59% less turnover. Erin Stephenson, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Carvalho’s district is not alone — school systems across the state have seen large increases in chronic absenteeism, fueled largely by COVID-19 quarantine policies and illness exacerbated by the winter Omicron surge. Paloma Esquivelstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 This can have a hugely debilitating effect on an individual’s physical, emotional and psychological well-being and, over time, could lead to absenteeism, disengagement and lack of employee retention. Katie Lynch, Forbes, 12 July 2022 State data shows chronic absenteeism has at least doubled since pre-pandemic levels, said Hedy Chang, executive director of the nonprofit Attendance Works. Donna St. George, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 Statewide, chronic absenteeism increased from 12.2% in the 2019-20 school year to 19% in the 2020-21 school year. Hartford Courant, 17 June 2022 Before the pandemic, chronic absenteeism was becoming more common in Southbridge and Lawrence. Christopher Huffaker, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 Chronic absenteeism can stem from a variety of issues including instability at home, work obligations or illness. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 One of them is Senate Bill 830, which would base state funding on enrollment, rather than attendance, and give districts additional funding to use on addressing chronic absenteeism. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of absenteeism

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for absenteeism

absentee + -ism

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The first known use of absenteeism was in 1829

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12 Aug 2022

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“Absenteeism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absenteeism. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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