The first thing to determine before entering fully into the meaning of the term absenteeism is to know its etymological origin. In this case we can state that it is a word that derives from Latin and is the result of the sum of two elements of that language:
- “Absentis”, which can be translated as “he who is far away”.
-The suffix "-ismo" that is used to indicate "activity".
The term absenteeism is accepted by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) in your dictionary as a synonym for absenteeism . The concept refers to the absence from a person to the site where he must fulfill an obligation or develop a function.
Absenteeism appears in different contexts. In the workplace, the idea refers to the breach of the obligation of a worker of attending the place where he carries out his usual tasks. He work absenteeism In other words, it implies that the worker does not go to his job .
It can be said that absenteeism represents a violation of the obligations established in the employment contract. For one company , that an employee does not go to work generates an organizational inconvenience and can also cause additional expense.
Work absenteeism may be justified and be predictable (when the worker notifies the company that, for disease or other reason of force majeure, can not go to work for a certain time) or have no justification and be unpredictable (if the worker misses work without prior notice). There is also talk of absenteeism when the employee is present in his workplace, but does not fulfill the assigned tasks.
In schools, there is truancy : the absence of a student from his school . When faults are repeated frequently, absenteeism becomes a social and educational problem.
Numerous are the causes that can cause the so-called truancy. However, among the most significant are the following:
-Homes where they have a strong presence from drugs to violence.
-The fact that a child is a victim of bullying can also lead him to opt for absenteeism as a way to avoid that situation that is causing so much damage.
-That the child is related in an activity with crime is also the cause of school absenteeism.
-To be part of a family and an environment where training is never encouraged at any time.
As you can imagine, the fact that there are children who continue to put into practice what is known as school absenteeism we have to establish that it brings its consequences. Specifically, these will be harmed for different reasons:
- They will not receive a good formation that allows them to channel not only their present but also their professional future.
-They will have many more risks of suffering social exclusion.
-They run more risks of coming into contact with crime, drug addiction ...
-They will not be able to have an educational base that serves them not only as a source of knowledge but of values, which are essential for living in society.
It is important to keep in mind that truancy means that a student cannot complete their academic training normally. That's why the educational authorities try to fight this phenomenon .