Employer tracking key to reducing absenteeism

Training managers, differentiating types of leave and communication also necessary
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 11/14/2010

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.

“Absenteeism rates are on the rise,” said Karla Thorpe, associate director of compensation and industrial relations at the Conference Board of Canada. “They’re at their highest level since 1989 when we started tracking that metric.”