Using presenteeism to predict absenteeism Issues

A tracking mechanism is key to knowing if there’s a problem at an organization
By Paula Allen and Luc Bourgeois
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/30/2015

The fact that absenteeism is annually a multi-billion dollar drain on the Canadian economy is not lost on employers. Ninety per cent recognize absenteeism is not only very costly, it negatively impacts productivity, according to the 2015 Morneau Shepell report The True Picture of Workplace Absenteeism. However, only one-half (52 per cent) of responding employers indicate absenteeism is a serious issue.


This disconnect between employers’ recognition of the cost and productivity impact of absence and their view of the seriousness of the problem hatches a chicken-egg dilemma. Organizations are beginning to take absence tracking more seriously: The number of those tracking increased from 36 per cent last year to 49 per cent this year, according to Morneau Shepell’s 2014 and 2015 Compensation & Trends in Human Resources survey.