Age a growing factor in workplace absenteeism: report
According to the most recent numbers, absenteeism rates in Canada have been rising over the past 10 years, jumping from roughly seven days lost per worker annually to more than 10 currently.
And much of this has to do with demographics, according to a recent study from the C.D. Howe Institute.
As the demographic weight of the population shifts from younger to older categories, reported sick days rise significantly, the report claims. For example, men ages 45 to 54 report an average of 1.3 more days lost due to illness than do males 35 to 44.
Age is not the only factor keeping people off the job, of course.
Over the past 25 years, the average number of days lost per year due to illness has remained largely unchanged among men but increased sharply among women.
That's not that surprising when you consider that women are usually the principal caregiver for children and may take time off “sick” to look after them. As well, a higher proportion of women than men work part-time, skewing the numbers accordingly.