Managing repeated sickness
Repeated sickness absence may have an impact on motivation and productivity levels generally. It is therefore crucial that business owners try to establish the root cause of a protracted pattern of sickness absence and, if necessary, take steps to tackle it.
In the first instance, it’s important to try and chart the pattern of an employee’s sick leave. Does it tend to occur at the start of a week or the end of a week? Does it coincide with significant events, such as a payday, birthday or sporting event? Does the employee tend to go on sick leave on the same day, or days, during the week? If an employer can ask these questions first then they will go some way to identifying whether the periods of absence are suspicious or explainable.
If the answer gives cause for concern, here are some pointers that small and mediums sized enterprises (SMEs) can deploy: