Short-term absences double in three years

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

In the last five years or so, there have been a lot more employees taking a few days off at the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Boards Association.

“Our costs for short-term absences are rising at a faster rate than long-term,” said Geoff Williams, the association’s director of labour relations. Employees are frustrated by years of wage freezes and even clawbacks. “There seems to be a more prevalent attitude of ‘If I’m not being recognized and I’m entitled to one or two days a month, I’m going to take it,’” he said.