Employer tracking key to reducing absenteeismTraining managers, differentiating types of leave and communication also necessaryBy Amanda Silliker08/01/2010|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.” To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.