Absenteeism is not a unique problem to food service operations, however is usually present. This is due to increased presence of the union environments and changing economic times. People, even in a “recession” seem to have choices, rights and more options than before. With these in mind, Absenteeism has become not only an issue, but a cause of lower production, decreased quality of work and increased costs of labor. In this article we will discuss some common causes of absenteeism and how to handle it.