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Chart: The cost of sick days to the Australian economy

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

As flu season comes back around, Australian businesses need to brace for the loss of productivity as employees take days off work to recover from their sickness.

And the cost of flu season comes at a hefty price tag: absenteeism due to sick days cost the Australian economy $7 billion, according to a 2015 report by AIG.

Employees who turn up to work sick costs, too: it’s called ‘presenteeism’, and it costs $35 billion a year.

Here are all the stats on the costs of abseenteeism in Australian workplaces:

<em>(Source: HR Advance)</em>
(Source: HR Advance)

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