National Sickie Day: Why your employees are calling in sick
Recognise your employees as individualsMaking your employees feel they’re being seen is a much simpler task than it might seem. Check in when someone has been feeling poorly, greet those on your team at the beginning and end of each day, thank your colleagues for delivering tasks, and always make a point of voicing appreciation for a job well done.
Admonish privatelyAlways be cautious of publically scolding even those whose performance is unsatisfying. Calling people out in front of your colleagues will never reflect well on you, and always lead to an atmosphere of fear thus punishing even your strongest performers.
Brave money talk?Do not shy away from discussing financial compensation salaries are quantifiable reflections of an employee’s value. If a pay-rise isnt in the books for some, be upfront about it, explain why and schedule a time to discuss it further at a later date. For?Ann Francke, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, National Sickie Day “should serve as a reminder to employers of the importance of tackling stress and unhappiness in the workplace”.
having good quality leadership and management is the biggest factor in determining productivity. Good, skilled managers know that they need to switch off and empower their employees to do the same, ” she said in a statement.However, regular absences shouldnt be tolerated by business owners, and Emma Oleary, ELAS employment law consultant, suggested that National Sickie Day was not an excuse to take the day off. “As an employer you are perfectly entitled to challenge the authenticity of an absence if an excuse seems too far-fetched then ask for evidence if appropriate. If you notice a pattern emerging then you should speak to the employee about their poor attendance and take proactive steps to action it, she said.