Nurses upset with disability program

Sick days declining at Hamilton hospital
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/19/2006

About two years ago, Hamilton Health Sciences realized it had a very high absenteeism rate and was fast becoming the worst hospital in Ontario for sick days, according to its assistant vice-president of HR.

The average number of sick days per employee for all Ontario hospitals in 2004-2005 was 10.8, while Hamilton Health Science’s average was 11.4. For the most part employees who were off sick were truly ill; however, some employees were bending the rules, said Gayle Holmes.

“We had seen that ourselves and it had been reported to us by other employees,” she said. “It was eroding morale and units in departments were working short.”