It has been reported that traditionally, the first Monday in February is the day in which the greatest number of employees in the UK take the day off due to illness.
It is suggested that this is down to a number of factors; this is the first pay weekend since Christmas, meaning a lot of people have been out celebrating all weekend. Another theory suggests that employees tend to revaluate their career paths in January, therefore, a lot of these sickies are to attend interviews.
After browsing the web, the top 10 ridiculous excuses include:
(1) I can’t come in today; my flatmates took the door handle off and I can’t get out
(2) All of my work clothes are wet
(3) I’ve managed to secure a parking space outside my house and I can’t risk losing it
(4) Goats got into my garden
(5) I’m stuck in the bathroom
(6) My mum was hoovering the stairs and I couldn’t get past
(7) My hamster is poorly
(8) Death of relative (relative later to be found alive and well)
(9) My trousers split on the way in
(10) I swallowed a hot sausage last night and it burnt my throat so badly
So, what action can employers take to pull the duvet off malingering employees?
Is absenteeism an issue in your workplace?
This can be a difficult issue to tackle, especially because employee absences can occur for a number of different reasons.
Presenteeism, or going into work while sick can cause lack of productivity, poor health, exhaustion and workplace epidemics.
Therefore, employees who turn up sick to work, can have a significant and costly impact on the organisation, not only in terms of spreading the illness, but in terms of diminished productivity, quality of work and attention to safety.
Employment Law Support for Employers
Presenteeism, like absenteeism, has only negative impacts on your workforce and the business as a whole. However, the issue can be avoided if addressed correctly.
Employment Law Services (ELS) offer training courses for employers on managing absence. As well as this, our legal experts can help your organisation address any underlying issues you may be facing.
If you require employment law advice on any of the issues raised in this article, or any other employment issue give us a call today on 0370 218 5662.