From businesses losing billions, to the recent death of the sickie!

Tuesday 5 June 2018

While many of us have become used to reading about businesses losing billions each year due to employees bunking off – there has now been a demise in the sickie.

According to new research, the death of the sick day has resulted in almost three quarters (72 per cent) of workers heading into work when they are ill. This figure is up over a quarter (26 per cent) from 2010.

Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) the study of more than 1,000 organisations, representing 4.6 million workers, also found that a high number of staff were willing to work whilst on leave.

And while just a few months ago it was suggested that sick days were costing UK businesses more than £18 billion in lost productivity every year, the new challenge to bosses is presenteeism – with the study finding that workers feel under pressure to head into work even when they don’t feel up to it.

Buckles Solicitors LLP has some advice for bosses. Partner and head of employment, Giles Betts, said: “It is crucial that employers have a policy which deals with sickness and absenteeism, taking into account the two extremes of staff taking too much time off when they are unwell, to those coming into the office when they should be concentrating on their health.

“Coming into work when feeling poorly can have a negative effect not only on that particular person’s productivity, but there is the chance that colleagues or customers could also become ill.

“Likewise, feeling under the weather may not always be due to a bug or a certain illness. There may be other contributory factors like personal issues within the home or work/stress problems – all of which need to be investigated and recognised by the employer, with support being offering to that particular member of staff.”

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