Employee leave requests are on the rise. They jumped between 21% and 40% in 2022, and they are expected to increase by 41% to 60% this year, according to a new survey of 600 corporate and human resource leaders in organizations with more than 500 employees.

The 2023 Employee Leave of Absence Forecast Survey, recently released by AbsenceSoft (a leading SaaS platform for leave and accommodation management), highlights this urgent workforce challenge and reveals how company leaders plan to address the issue.

The top three drivers of leave-request increases were sick-related requests, burnout and other mental wellness reasons, and to care for a loved one (via the Family Leave and Medical Act).

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