Absenteeism drops to 5.5 days per worker

The rate of absenteeism in Irish workplaces has dropped during the economic crisis.

Absenteeism drops to 5.5 days per worker

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.

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