Academic research on absenteeism almost always revolves around the causes of absenteeism rather than treating absenteeism as an independent variable. A negative connotation largely exists in terms of organizational absenteeism, although the extent at which absenteeism affects varying manufacturing metrics is not well developed. This quantitative study using a correlational model explored the relationship that absenteeism has on manufacturing productivity, schedule, and quality defect metrics in the defense industry. Using census data of all labor employees from a single plant of a United States based Fortune 500 Defense Company that specializes in the manufacturing of defense products, linear regression was used to determine the relationship between absenteeism as the predictor variable and productivity, schedule, and quality metrics as the outcome variables. While no statistically significant relationship between absenteeism and defense manufacturing schedules or quality was found, a weak but statistically significant positive relationship between absenteeism and manufacturing productivity was uncovered. The lack of finding a negative relationship between absenteeism and productivity may be more substantial to scholars than the weak positive relationship that was calculated.
|Subjects||Business administration; Management; Industrial engineering|
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