I find that in places were employees aren't feeling respected, or not feeling valued...the call in rates increase big time, especially holidays/weekends. I mean, why work if you can stay home with friends/family that respect you instead of going to work with patients if you don't really feel your skills/work is appreciated.
I found this to be too true in the last place I worked. The staff was WAY overstretched, cut backs making it worse, and what was once a happy place to work suddenly became a horrid place where people drove in crying on their way to work. The call ins were astronomical and daily...which compounded the probelm ten fold! Because of mismanagment by the facility...the employees were suffering and that meant the patients were really going to suffer!
I stuck with that company because I felt if I left...who would care for my residents!?!? In fact, I stuck with it 3+ years before they cut my days down to 8-9 a month! Then I had no choice...I had to get another job to make my bills. From what I hear, things were worse after I left...many more people started calling in sick, then quit. I still fear for my residents and what type of care they are getting (and those poor staff members having to take on the job of many on their own!).
But now, I am doing agency at a hospital that doesn't seem to have that particular probelm! The wages are good, benifits are good, employees are treated with respect and enjoy coming to work! In fact, I like this hospital but they don't usually need me often...bummer for me but sings volumes for a good managment and happy employees!
I believe it starts with good managment combined with people willing to feel free to use those good work ethics! If you come in crying, you don't feel like you want to do anything for anyone except go home, but if you are happy...you are more apt to help others, do those extras for pts that make their day, and fill in when people are really sick!
And generally...happy people don't get as sick as often as overwhelmed, sad, depressed folks...