Illness not the biggest cause of employee absenteeism

More than half of all employees – 52% – calling in sick for work say they are not actually suffering from an illness, according to a Morneau Shepell survey There is a wide range of reasons, the study found. Family issues, workplace conflict, issues with managers and even taking time off to look for another job were cited as some of the drivers behind taking sick days. All of these issues, said Paula Allen, vice-president of research and integrative solutions at Morneau Shepell, can be boiled down to work-related stress.

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