The rate of absenteeism in Irish workplaces has dropped during the economic crisis.
A new survey from business group IBEC shows that it has fallen by two days per year in the last decade.
Absenteeism now stands at 2.35%, the equivalent of 5.5 days per year for each worker.
IBEC's Maeve McElwee said that despite the drop, absenteeism is still a problem for Irish employers.
"There has been an intense focus on managing absence pro-actively and most employers see it as a significant direct cost and this has led to them managing absence in a much more strategic way," she said.