Absenteeism in the Workplace: Leading Causes, Impact, and How to Manage It

By: Starling Minds

Last updated: June 24, 2021

It is a unanimous concern that absenteeism and presenteeism in North America are on the rise, and further compounded by COVID-19.

Today, 1 in 4 adults in Canada and the U.S. will struggle with their mental health and become less productive at work and at home. That’s approximately 60 million people in North America who may report symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and possibly substance abuse this year. Since the mid-2000s, researchers and think tanks began studying and validating the economic impact of a global mental health epidemic.

After reading this research paper, HR leaders will be well acquainted with:

  • The leading causes and impact of absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace
  • How stress impacts employees and how it is hurting organizational outcomes
  • How to address unhealthy levels of stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace

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