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Workers Miss Average Of Two Weeks


The average Canadian worker was absent the equivalent of almost two full work weeks in 2011, says a Conference Board of Canada study. ‘Missing in Action: Absenteeism Trends in Canadian Organizations’ shows these absences – which can range from time off for minor illnesses to longer-term leaves of absence – cost the Canadian economy an estimated $16.6 billion in 2012, or 2.4 per cent of gross annual payroll. “Absenteeism is more than a human resources issue. Unless organizations start proactively addressing absenteeism, this trend will most likely accelerate as the workforce ages,” says Nicole Stewart, author of the study. “Organizations can begin to address the issues through better tracking of the number of absences and reasons for absenteeism.” The average absenteeism rate in Canada in 2011, based on Statistics Canada data, was 9.3 days per full-time employee. The public sector absenteeism rate (12.9 days) was higher than that of the private sector (8.2 days). And among unionized workers, the absenteeism rate was 13.2 days, compared to 7.5 days for non-unionized employees. It says although precise international comparisons can be difficult to make, Canada’s absenteeism rate is high when measured against countries such as the United States or the United Kingdom where various studies have estimated the absenteeism rates at between five and seven days annually per employee.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts

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