The CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey found that on average:
- 41% of employees take zero to two paid unscheduled absences a year
- 43% use three to eight days
- 13% take nine or more days
The list of reasons for unscheduled absences includes:
- 40% – personal illness
- 21% – family issues
- 20% – personal needs
- 14% – employees’ entitlement mentality
- 5% – stress.
On average, companies spend 1.3% of their payroll for unscheduled absences each year, while 2.6% is set aside to pay for absenteeism.
Over half (51%) of employers allow employees to carryover unused sick days from one year to another. Seventeen percent will allow employees to donate unused earned days to a leave bank for a co-worker’s catastrophic illness.
Overall, the survey found that employees are granted 8.8 sick days per year, and, on average, used 4.7 days.
Just 19% believe that absentee rates will improve over
the next two years.
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