Sept 23: Economy Lost Almost $17 Billion Due to Absenteeism
According to a study by the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian economy lost $16.6 billion in 2012 due to absenteeism. The study says that on average, a full-time Canadian worker was absent for 9.3 days, with the highest absenteeism rates found in the healthcare and social assistance sectors. The reasons for absences ranged from illness to long-term leaves of absence. Unionized workers had an absenteeism rate of 13.2 days, compared with 7.5 days for non-unionized workers.