According to the Conference Board of CanadaMissing in Action report; Canadian companies lost over $16.6 billion in 2012 to employee absenteeismwith a full-time worker averaging about 9.3 days. Over 18.8 million work hours were spent on medical visits alone 

“Despite the enormous cost of absenteeism, less than half of Canadian organizations (46 percent) currently track employee absences.” – The Conference Board of Canada. Many companies simply skip the task of tracking how many sick days are taken without acknowledging the consequences associated with it. 

When analyzing absenteeism there are three questions every employer needs to ask themselves:  

  1. How much time does an employee spend on travel and wait time to see a doctor? 
  2. Is the company providing the right medical options for the employees?  
  3. How can you get your employees well and keep them well long term?  

The answer to all three questions is virtual healthcare.  

Watch: Hello To Wello (Virtual Healthcare)

Adding virtual healthcare into your benefits program comes with many advantages and saves you money in the long run.  

With virtual healthcare, your employees will receive:  

  • Immediate expert advice and access to some of the top clinicians within minutes, whenever, wherever 
  • Flexible health options for those employees who may not have a family doctor or who may avoid going into the doctors due to wait times   
  • Access to urgent care, lab tests and prescriptions  
  • Remove ongoing access barriers to traditional care 
  • Better work-life balance 
  • Mental health support as the first step in a treatment plan 

With virtual healthcare, your company will: 

  • Increase in workplace productivity 
  • Have a competitive benefits program 
  • Increase employee satisfaction and retention
  • Reduce absenteeism costs  
  • Have healthier employees, resulting in a healthier workplace  

Read: “Our Employee is Healthier, Happier, and Energized” – Corporate Case Study

Want to learn more about virtual healthcare? Speak with a Wello representative today.  


**Absenteeism is defined as the absence (with or without pay) of an employee from work due to his or her own illness, disability, or personal or family responsibility. The absence must be for a period of at least half a day, but less than 52 consecutive weeks. The following leaves are excluded from the definition: maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leaves, vacation and holidays, bereavement leave, and jury duty. – The Conference Board of Canada 



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