When companies are working as hard as they are, often with fewer employees, you can understand why they struggle when employees call in sick, but are there occasions when we should be saying, don’t come into the office.
Mondays in particular are hard to sympathise with people. When the phone rings and an employee has a croaky voice saying, ‘Sorry I’ve got a tummy bug’… really! You can’t help but think, heavy weekend? OK, maybe that’s just plain cynical… but in many cases it is more productive for an employee to take a day off work to recover from a spell of illness rather than to come in, with reduced productivity and the potential to spread their illness to colleagues.
Sometimes, showing a little more sympathy and flexibility when employees are unwell is necessary and can help maintain a healthy and committed workforce.
Here are some examples of when it is an acceptable reason to stay away:
Always advise your staff to consult with their doctor at the earliest opportunity and keep you informed of any updates, especially if there is an extended absence from work.
If you need any guidance, download our FREE guide to sickness and absence here…