Employee absenteeism is the main subject in the provincial auditor’s report released Tuesday morning.
Judy Ferguson highlighted two organizations when releasing her information on the matter; the Heartland Regional Health Authority and the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.
The HRHA employed over 1,100 people for full-time equivalent positions, costing the Health Authority $84 Million.
However, HRHA staff take about 10.5 days per year in sick days. In order to limit those sick days, Ferguson recommends the Health Authority supports the managers with managing employee absenteeism.
The report saw more than 80 employees had lengthy absences from work, so the auditor advises giving human resources personnel and decreasing the amount of time to address excessive absences.
For SaskGaming, staff were absent 8.3% of the time because of unscheduled paid and unpaid leave.
SaskGaming, which operates both Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw, employs more than 800 people, at a cost of $37 Million annually.
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The report found employee absences reduces profits, which goes to support Indigenous and other communities.
There are already plans in place to reduce employee absences, but the program is not going as smooth as originally thought; as SaskGaming did not meet their 8% goal for this year.
Ferguson recommends finding the reason behind the numerous absences SaskGaming staff takes, and analyze trends and behaviors connected to employee absenteeism.
Ferguson says both HRHA and SaskGaming suffer from increased costs, which may include paid salaries to absent and replacement staff.