Effects of Grievance Activity on Absenteeism

Brian S. Klaas, Herbert G. Heneman, Craig A. Olson

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This study examined the merits of one perspective on the relationship between absenteeism and grievance activity by studying whether that relationship varied across six types of grievance activity. The transfer function between each type of grievance activity and absenteeism was estimated with time series techniques. Data were collected on the monthly level of absenteeism and grievance activity over an 8-year period from a unionized organization. The results suggest that the direction of the relationship varies substantially in association with the nature of the grievance. Although statistically significant increases in absenteeism occurred in association with policy grievances, statistically significant decreases in absenteeism occurred in the month following disciplinary grievances and negative outcomes from disciplinary grievances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)818-824
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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