Studies have found that absenteeism costs New Zealand workplaces about $1.5 billion a year.  How do employers reduce the cost of sick leave and curb absenteeism?

The below article suggests that it is more about creating a culture of trust and generosity so that staff feel more engaged and supported. It has been shown that in companies where there is unlimited leave entitlements, staff often take less sick days than they would if they had 5 or 10 days leave.

Also, it is suggested that there should be an allowance for “mental health days”, so that a staff member feels like they can take a day off, so they can catch up on appointments, sleep, rest, without having to make up an illness. If employees feel organised or on top of things at home, they will often be more productive at work.

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