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Absenteeism costs NZ $1.3 billion

Studies have also discovered that, on average, six out of ten employers do not believe employees' excuses when they ring in sick. Additionally, many employees have admitted to not having a genuine reason for being absent from work.

Absenteeism and safety in a small-scale workplace can become a vicious cycle. A short staffed business can be at far greater risk for incidents, leading to injuries and higher levels of absenteeism, thus perpetuating the cycle. In addition, small businesses are susceptible to lost earnings. This can encourage the acceptance of greater risk and risk taking.

View this article in Safety Bulletin 91