Off work today?
The latest report from the Conference Board of Canada says that absenteeism costs the Canadian economy over 16 billion dollars a year in lost productivity.
Let’s face it; if you don’t go to work, either the work doesn’t get done or they have to pay someone else to do that work.
It can’t be helped most of the time, people do get sick.
But some of the numbers in this report will rekindle the ‘sick days or holidays’ debate.
Non unionized workers take about 8 days a year off in sick time.
Unionized workers take close to 14 days a year in sick time.
Unionized workers may have negotiated more sick days in their contracts, but are those workers really sick more often than non unionized workers, or , are they just using them as days off ?
It may seem like an unfair question to some, but for companies that are very concerned about their bottom line in this shaky economy, it’s a question that’s going to be asked more and more.
Even governments, at all three levels, are starting to question sick days and the banking of sick days as a way to cut their costs.
It caused some heated confrontations between the Ontario government and teachers unions last year.
Are sick days just ‘days off’ to be used whenever the worker wants to use them ?
This may be the new battleground in contract negotiations and it’s going to get nasty.