Eye-Opening Statistics About Disability's Potential Impact on Your Organization

Direct and indirect costs of disability take a financial and psychological toll on employers as well as employees.

  • Over 225 million days of production time were lost in 2006 due to off-the-job injuries. Cost: over $240 billion.
    National Safety Council®, Injury Facts® 2008 Ed.
  • Unscheduled absences cost some large employers an estimated $850,000 per year in direct payroll in 2006.
    CCH and Harris Interactive, “2006 CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey,” October 2006
  • Employers spend 4.1% of payroll on unscheduled absences.
    Marsh/Mercer Health & Benefits, “Health, Productivity and Absence Management Programs”, 2006 Survey report
  • The average disability absence results in lost productivity costs exceeding $22,800.
    Integrated Benefits Institute, IBI News September 8th, 2006
  • The “total cost” of each disability absence exceeds $35,000.
    Integrated Benefits Institute, IBI News September 8th, 2007
  • 55% of employee absences are blamed on disabling injuries and illnesses.
    JHA 2005 Absence Management Survey, “Big-picture benefits: Integrating FMLA and disability claims data helps reduce absenteeism,” by Chris Silva, September 2006

The Council for Disability Awareness is dedicated to helping you help your employees — and your company — better manage the often-staggering costs of disability.

Please view our Resources for Employees to find a wealth of information you can share throughout your company. Our goal is to raise employee awareness of wellness and financial protection.

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