When running a company, it’s unavoidable that your employees will require a leave of absence from time-to-time. This is the same for a small family-run business, or a multi-billion dollar company. Absence management can prove to be tricky; it isn’t just a case of when staff are absent and how many.
A while back, the Conference Board of Canada came out with a study that found while workplace absenteeism continues to rise, Canadian employers take a “relaxed” approach to tracking employee absences and measuring their cost. According to the study, the absenteeism rate has been increasing steadily in the past decade, rising to 6.6 days per full-time employee in 2008–09 from 5.7 days in 2000–01, the most recent fiscal year. This is the highest point since the board began surveying employee absences 20 years ago.