October 14, 2005

Public vs Private sector absenteeism

Slightly off topic but this always gets me going... numbers out of Stats Canada have revealed the following information concerning absenteeism rates in Canada. On average, public sector employees take 9.7 sick days per year whereas private sector employees take on avg. 7 days per year. In Saskatchewan alone, the cost of sick days runs at more than $18 million per year!  So... why do government employees get sick more??? Likely they don't, they merely are allowed to call in more frequently. Also, the right to sick days is likely thought of as a right and thus is taken advantage of. Interesting stuff...

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