Sick at work Missed work due topoor health adds up to a whopping total of nearly 1.4 billion daysannually, and amounts to 60 cents for every dollar employers spendon health care benefits. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employees who suffer from poor health can be expensive. While employersalready spend nearly $880 billion on the health care benefits they provide to employeesand dependents, that's not the only thing that costs them.

So says a new report from the Integrated Benefits Institute, which finds thatillness-related productivity losses are pretty pricey too. Notonly do employees covered by sick time, workers' compensation,disability and family and medical leave benefits miss about 893million days a year due to illness, they also rack up an estimated527 million lost work days due to impaired performance.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.