Unexplained absenteeism: A simulation approach

Shlomo Globerson, Phiroze J. Nagarvala

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Unexplained absenteeism among workers in American Industry is significantly increasing and can cause severe dislocation in output. The authors use simulation as a technique to predict unexplained absenteeism. The model is based on real world data including the probability of the first day of absence and the length of such absence as a function of the day of the week. The results include a prediction of the future pattern of unexplained absence, the size of the standby worker pool to ensure a minimum work force with given confidence, and an estimation of the maximum monetary incentive to be offered in order to modify worker absentee behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-58
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1974
Externally publishedYes
Event7th Conference on Winter Simulation, WSC 1974 - Washington, United States
Duration: 14 Jan 197416 Jan 1974


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