HR · 3 February 2017

National Sickie Day: Why your employees are calling in sick

National Sickie Day
An estimated 349, 000 UK workers are expected to take the day off on National Sickie Day
Monday 6 February is the day when your employees are most likely to call in sick this year but why are staff tempted to phone in and fake illness on the UK’s National Sickie Day?

According to people management company LHH Penna, it could be down to personal and financial recognition. Research undertaken by the consultants showed that a third of British employees felt undervalued and underpaid at work.

After asking workers to describe their job in one word, less than one in ten opted for excellent, while just two of five considered their job rewarding.

Insecurity could also be playing a major factor in poor motivation. Three out of every five employees reported that they frequently worried about losing their job.

Business advisory firm Employment Law Experts (ELAS) claimed that absences on National Sickie Day cost the British economy 45m, as an estimated 349, 000 workers struggle to motivate themselves at the end of a long January.

Advising employers ahead of National Sickie Day, LHH Penna CEO Nick Goldberg highlighted several ways in which business owners can help employees feel more fulfilled at work and avoid hurting profits.

Recognise your employees as individuals

Making 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 privately

Always 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.



Praseeda Nair is an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.