Professionally Related Absences: Incidence, Causes & Key Findings for School Districts
Employees in K-12 organizations often need to be absent for personal reasons, such as illness or bereavement. But how often are absences for professionally related reasons — those driven by district — or school-level leaders?
Based on three years of data from more than 4,500 K-12 organizations, this report focuses on the incidence and impact of those absences. The report also reviews the level of collaboration across departments around managing absences, based on a survey of nearly 700 school districts.
This report is based on data from more than 4,500 educational organizations and 2.6 million employees in Frontline Absence & Time.
Frequency of Professionally Related Absences
Nearly 1 in 5 absences are for professionally related reasons. More than half of those absences (and 10% of all absences) are solely for professional development.
Absence Lead Time & Fill Rates
Nearly 1/3 of professionally related absences requiring a substitute are reported within 4 days of the absence. As absence lead time shortens, fill rates (the ability to find a substitute) steadily decline.
Collaboration Between HR & Instruction
40% of school district personnel say that collaboration between the Human Resources and Curriculum and Instruction departments is rare or non-existent when it comes to managing professionally related absences.
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- The top reasons for employee absences
- Whether professionally related absences are increasing or decreasing
- How often absences are filled by substitutes
- The impact of absence lead time on fill rates
- Strategies for increasing collaboration to reduce the impact of absences