Organizational change leads to increase in sick leave: Study

Downsizing, team restructuring, job redesign increase stress loads
By Melissa Campeau
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/03/2017

Anyone who’s lived through an organizational change knows firsthand just how stressful it can be. But employers may be surprised to learn those changes can actually lead to employees taking more time off work, according to a survey by Morneau Shepell.

Forty per cent of employees said organizational change had negatively affected their health and well-being and nearly half (46 per cent) said they had taken time off work or noticed other employees taking more time off work following workplace changes.

This costly phenomenon is next to commonplace: Sixty-six per cent of respondents had experienced at least one organizational change with their current employer, including team restructuring (39 per cent), downsizing or layoffs (35 per cent), job redesign (35 per cent), redesign of the physical office space (29 per cent) and mergers (15 per cent).