Employer tracking key to reducing absenteeism

Training managers, differentiating types of leave and communication also necessary

Absenteeism in Canada has reached a 21-year high and is not being tracked by most employers, according to a study by the Conference Board of Canada. In a survey of 255 employers across the country, only 40 per cent said they track absenteeism. These organizations reported losing an average of 6.6 days per full time equivalent position in sick days, short-term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) in 2008.

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