Absent workers cost Canada’s economy $16.6 billion

August 18, 2015

"Public sector workers in larger organizations are missing work more often than private sector staff in smaller firms, but overall the lost days are costing the country more than $16 billion in lost productivity, a new report shows.


The Conference Board of Canada says the average Canadian worker was absent 9.3 days in 2011 – that’s nearly two full work weeks – due to illnesses or longer term leaves of absence.If the number seems extraordinarily high - it is, especially compared to the United States and the United Kingdom, where absenteeism rates are said to be about five and seven days per employee."

- Brenda Bouw, Balance Sheet


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