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Reduced Absenteeism

Reduced Absenteeism

Fitness can benefit an employee's health, but it can also benefit a company's bottom line. Recent research has demonstrated that a fit employee is less likely to call in sick - the end result is reduced absenteeism by 14% - 36%.

  1. An Ivey School of Business study revealed that fitness saw 1.5 to 1.7 days per year saved in employee absenteeism (this study used only scientifically supported data)
  2. A Harvard School of Business study revealed that fitness saw 1.7 days per year saved in employee absenteeism
  3. Statistics Canada states that absenteeism ranges from 4.7 to 11.2 days per year
  4. The absenteeism reduction stemming from fitness is thus 14% - 36%

Sources: 2013 International Wellness Symposium, "Wellness Works: Where is the Evidence", Dr. Michael Rouse, Sun Life Ivey Canadian Wellness ROI Study

Studies have also shown that companies can save $251 per employee (or more) on absenteeism

  1. Sun Life-Ivey Canadian Wellness ROI Study
    1. According to the Conference Board of Canada's 2013 report Missing in Action: Absenteeism Trends in Canadian Organizations, the direct cost of absenteeism averaged 2.4% of gross annual payroll.
    2. Wellness programs save 1.5 -1.7 days absenteeism or $251 per employee per year (given average salaries).

Other possible scenarios

Scenario 1 example:

  1. Employee's wage per day $100 x 1.5 - 1.7 days
  2. Total = $150 - $170 per employee per year

Scenario 2 example:

  1. Employee's wage per day $100 x 1.5 - 1.7 days
  2. Replacement's wage per day $150 x 1.5 - 1.7 days
  3. Total = $375 - $425 per employee per year

Scenario 3 example:

  1. Employee's wage per day $480 x 1.5 - 1.7 days ($40/hr x 12)
  2. Replacement's wage per day $960 x 1.5 - 1.7 days
  3. Total = $2,160 - $2,448 per employee per year