Canadian Human Resources Benchmarking: Absence–October 2022

The Conference Board of Canada, October 3, 2022
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This ongoing series examines the HR practices and metrics of Canadian organizations, specifically around turnover, engagement, diversity and inclusion, absence, and health and safety.

Document Highlights

  • In 2021, the average employee absence rate (7.3 days) was lower than that in 2020 (9.9 days). This decrease may be a result of widespread vaccination efforts, reduced isolation requirements, and many workers’ ability to work from home even when unwell.
  • Unlimited sick days were offered by 19 per cent of non-unionized organizations and by 11 per cent of unionized organizations in fiscal 2021. Providing more paid time off may increase retention.
  • On average, non-unionized employees were provided with 21 sick days and unionized employees with 19 sick days, consistent year over year.
  • Most organizations have short-term disability (STD; 84.8 per cent) and long-term disability (LTD; 97.8 per cent) programs in place for at least some of their employees. Organizations should consider offering STD and LTD programs for all employees, including part-time workers.

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