Absenteeism goes down due to less illness and disability

However, longer-term trends still up strongly over the decade
By Gordon Sova
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/01/2009

Statistics Canada has reported that the absenteeism figures for 2008 show no change in the long-term trend toward greater time lost from work. In 2008, the amount of time lost for personal reasons (illness, disability, personal and family responsibilities) was 10 days for the average employee (7.9 for illness and disability and 2.1 for responsibilities). This represents 4.0 per cent of total working time lost, 3.2 per cent due to illness and 0.9 per cent due to responsibilities.

However, there was less absenteeism in 2008 than in 2007 when the total was 10.2 days or 4.1 per cent of time. The improvement was in time lost for illness, which dropped from 8.1 days to 7.9 days, primarily because women were off work for fewer days last year than the year before.