Absences linked to culture

How acceptable is it to call in sick? It depends on where you are, according to an international study on attitudes toward absenteeism.

How ill do you have to be to call in sick?

The answer, it seems, depends on which part of the world you live in.

An international study on attitudes toward absenteeism from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business found that workplace absences are most acceptable in Pakistan, India and Trinidad, and least acceptable in the US, Ghana and Japan.

Attitudes in Mexico, Nigeria and Canada — where the average full-time employee missed 9.3 days of work in 2011 according to a Conference Board of Canada study — are somewhere in the middle.

About the Author

Tamar Satov

Tamar Satov is managing editor of CPA Magazine.

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