Employee Sick Time Usage Analysis

Sponsor: Controller's Office, Personnel Department 

University: LA City College

Status: Complete


The City of LA partnered with LA City College to analyze the current usage of sick time to identify correlations, patterns, and trends - periods/seasons of high usage, high risk employees, trends by department etc. We hoped to identify patterns of usage in time taken off at particular times of the year or days of the week, as well as time that coincides with paid City Holidays. 


According to the LA County Health Department there has been findings that show that a spike in sick leave usage each year correlates with the peak of the flu season.As well, we have found that setting sick leave targets across departments may not be the fairest approach as uniform targets do not recognize that employees in certain job classes or working certain schedules will be likely to have greater legitimate need of sick leave than others.