The influence of work factors and non-work factors on absenteeism : a study among hospital nurses

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The influence of work factors and non-work factors on absenteeism : a study among hospital nurses

 

Author: Chung, Wai-ting Elsa
Title: The influence of work factors and non-work factors on absenteeism : a study among hospital nurses
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2000
Subject: Nurses -- China -- Hong Kong -- Attitudes
Absenteeism (Labor) -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: vi, 80 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1517940
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3896
Abstract: Employee absenteeism is a costly personnel problem attracting the attention of practitioners and researchers. There have been over a dozen of books written on it and a number of studies have been conducted to identify its causes. Very little empirical research has been conducted to address the issue of absenteeism in Hong Kong. This study attempted to bridge this gap in the literature and examined the influence of work factors and non-work factors on absenteeism among hospital nurses in Hong Kong. Data on job satisfaction, job involvement, caring responsibility, perceived self-efficacy on job attendance, incentive system, the involvement of domestic helpers in sharing domestic responsibility and absenteeism were gathered for a sample of 160 nurses working in a public hospital. There was an unanticipated non-significant relation between job satisfaction, job involvement, perceived self-efficacy, reward system, caring responsibility, domestic helper and absenteeism in terms of number of sick days and number of sick time. Although the results did not show significant findings and the mean of the number of sick days seemed trivial, the cost it created could be damaging to a hospital when manpower is so critical in this difficult environment. These findings confirm that absenteeism does have an impact on the professionals. It is suggested that an extended study to include other cluster hospitals and privately owned hospitals would be informative when larger sample size could be obtained.

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