Alan Price, managing director of hronline, said today
“If the reasons are legitimate and illness is an issue with the employee try and discuss any possible adjustments to help the employee in their job. You can look at the job itself, the location of work and method of working to help with the employee’s health situation.”
Price continues “One further area to consider is the issue of sick pay. SSP is not normally paid for the first three days of absence. This is clearly therefore a disincentive to take a single day off. Company schemes which pay for each single day of absence can therefore be said to be an incentive to have a day off! Attendance bonuses are another way to encourage attendance but there is also a downside because once an individual knows their attendance bonus has “gone” they may take more time off as the bonus has been lost.”
Price concludes “Sickness absence can be controlled with clear policies and procedures. Employees must know what is expected of them, in terms of reporting etc and what they can expect when ill, sick pay, etc. They must know what to expect if they take liberties and they must see that action is taken against transgressors.”
Notes to editor
681 employers were questioned by telephone.
hronline is a company that provides HR solutions to businesses of all sizes.
hronline is a subsidiary of Peninsula Business Services.
Alan Price is the managing director of hronline.
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