Updated November 12th 2013

Sick leave or absenteeism in Australia costs $30 billion and it was on the rise in 2010 with an average 9.87 days per employee per annum. Some key causes of sick days when not legitimately sick include:

  • Low morale in workplace and bad culture
  • Unrealistic workloads and deadlines
  • Feeling of unfairness in the workplace
  • Increase in lifestyle and mental diseases in the general population
  • Poor supervision and management styles

It is estimated that more than half of sick days taken are related to issues other than ill health. There are a number of strategies that can be used to help reduce employee absenteeism such as:

  • Focus on creating a positive work culture and treat all employees fairly and with respect
  • Recognise employee effort and reward appropriately
  • Support work life balance for all employees
  • Involve employees in decision making processes