How to optimize wellness programs to reduce absenteeism

… Rates of workplace absenteeism reached peak levels in 2016 compared to the last five years in both the public and private sectors, according to Statistics Canada. The public sector lost 13.5 days per employee on average, up from 12.5 in 2012. The private sector had been trending down from 8.3 days in 2012 but returned to that same level in 2016. No single effort by a company will address the many reasons for employee absences. However, a 2015 study by Morneau Shepell Ltd. found that the reasons for workplace absenteeism aren’t random and, as such, employers should focus on discovering the root causes of their employees’ absences and implement wellness strategies to help address them. “We found that the higher the investment in workplace wellness, the lower the absenteeism,” says Paula Allen, vice-president of research and integrative solutions at Morneau Shepell… 

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