Absenteeism moderates

Lost time rates same or lower for most groups
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2011

The average Canadian worker lost 9.1 days of work last year due to illness and personal reasons. That is less than any year since 2002, but it is still more than the 8.0 days recorded in 2000. As a percentage of the working year, time lost was 3.6 per cent, up from 3.2 per cent in 2000.

Figures released by Statistics Canada for 2010 show that the highest rate of absenteeism came in 1999 with we were away from work for 9.9 days or 4.0 per cent of the time.

Absenteeism is defined as time away from work due to illness or disability, or personal or family responsibilities. The StatsCan report mentions several causes for changes in rates of absenteeism: working conditions, availability of social services, family circumstances and physical health.