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SOURCE C.D. Howe Institute
TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Demographic forces are helping drive up the Canadian workforce's reported absence rates owing to illness, according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Absent With Leave: The Implications of Demographic Change for Worker Absenteeism," authors Finn Poschmann and Omar Chatur find, over the long term, absence rates have climbed, identify potential causes and recommend steps to address this challenge to productivity.
"Over the past 30 years, absence rates have risen in Canada's workforce, overall, raising important questions about why days lost owing to reported illness are climbing," commented Finn Poschmann. "We show how demographic and institutional change may have affected reported rates and may do so in the future."
Among the authors' findings:
Workplaces and government practices and policies must adjust to these realities, through a combination of accommodation, flexibility and planning, conclude the authors.
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