Absent workers cost Canada’s economy $16.6 billion

"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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