Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Business Honours


Faculty of Business

First Advisor

Dr Alan Brown


This thesis looks at a methodology that can be used to cost a specific human resource activity - absenteeism. It applies the costing framework established by Cascio (1991) to three local organisations, with differing results and reactions. The cost of absenteeism ranged from $461 per employee up to $1,454 per employee per annum. Other costing techniques for Human Resource Departments are also looked at, but the main thrust of this thesis is the costing of absenteeism. Absenteeism is studied in terms of its causes, costs, and possible solutions. Each of three organisations studied, is discussed in terms of the cost of absenteeism to the organisation. Their reactions to this statistic, and any possible solutions that may flow from the calculation of this statistic.