Absenteeism in the Nordic Countries

Employee Relations, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 16-29, 2007

Posted: 5 Apr 2007

See all articles by Ann-Kristina Løkke

Ann-Kristina Løkke

Aarhus University - Department of Marketing and Statistics

Jacob Eskildsen

Aarhus University - Department of Marketing and Statistics

Troels Wendelboe Jensen

Ennova A/S

Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to identify the drivers of absenteeism and gives information of the relationship between absenteeism and personal and organizational characteristics in the Nordic countries.

Design/methodology/approach - The theoretical assumptions are tested empirically on data from a survey carried out in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. 10,748 employees from randomly selected households participated. Differences were examined using analysis of variance.

Findings - Among the findings are that Danish employees are less absent than employees in Norway, Finland and Sweden. Employees working in the public sector, more specific the municipalities, have a higher level of absence compared to the private sector. According to the personal characteristics, women are more absent than men in all Nordic countries, but the effect of age differs according to the country in question. If the manager however is a woman and the employee likewise, then the level of absence is higher in Denmark, Norway and Finland compared to the other gender constellations.

Originality/value - Because of the lack of international comparative studies of absenteeism in the Nordic countries, this paper brings new and a deeper understanding of the area as a basis of further empirical research and/or management concern.

Keywords: Absenteeism, Personality, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland

Suggested Citation

Løkke, Ann-Kristina and Eskildsen, Jacob Kjær and Jensen, Troels Wendelboe, Absenteeism in the Nordic Countries. Employee Relations, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 16-29, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977906

Ann-Kristina Løkke (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - Department of Marketing and Statistics ( email )

Haslegårdsvej 10
Århus V
Denmark

Jacob Kjær Eskildsen

Aarhus University - Department of Marketing and Statistics ( email )

Haslegårdsvej 10
Århus V
Denmark

Troels Wendelboe Jensen

Ennova A/S ( email )

Daugbjergvej 26
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

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