January 8, 1944

A Study of Absenteeism Among Women

JAMA. 1944;124(2):131. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850020061029

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This is a report of a limited study of absenteeism among women carried out on random samples of the personnel, over a six week period, at two royal ordnance factories. It was concerned with the amount and distribution of absenteeism rather than with its causes.

The following conclusions were reached:

  1. Very few women were in the habit of losing one or two shifts a week.

  2. Married women lost more time than single women.

  3. The larger proportion of absences were from single shifts (68.3 per cent and 60.3 per cent in factory A and B respectively) but these accounted for only 34.9 per cent and 24.8 per cent of the total number of shifts lost.

  4. Absenteeism was higher on the day shift than on the evening and night shifts.

  5. Younger women (up to 25 years of age) lost more time than older women.

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