OVERVIEW OF ADJECTIVE ABSENT
2) absent, absentminded, abstracted, scatty: lost in thought; showing preoccupation; “an absent stare”; “an absentminded professor”; “the scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence”
Absenteeism is a habitual pattern of absence from a duty or obligation. Traditionally, absenteeism has been viewed as an indicator of poor individual performance, as well as a breach of an implicit contract between employee and employer; it was seen as a management problem, and framed in economic or quasi-economic terms. More recent scholarship seeks to understand absenteeism as an indicator of psychological, medical, or social adjustment to work.