Absenteeism and absence management are a concern for many Canadian organizations. The average absence rate among Canadian organizations in 2015 was 8.9 days per full-time employee. Increasingly, organizations are looking for ways to create a healthy work environment and reduce preventable absences.
Addressing Employee Absences quantifies and analyzes the most recent work absence data from Statistics Canada. The briefing also includes information on the absence management programs and policies of the 370 organizations that participated in The Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 Compensation Planning Outlook survey over the summer of 2015. To help organizations benchmark their plans, this briefing provides detailed information regarding work absence rates in Canada and examines the sick leave and short- and long-term disability benefits offered by Canadian employers. The briefing also delivers information on the cost of providing absence and disability benefits, offers strategies that organizations can use to determine whether employee absence is a concern for them, and outlines the steps that organizations need to take to address the problem.