Dubbed 'National Sickie Day', the first Monday in February is the day of the year which traditionally sees the highest number of workers calling in sick, compared to any other Monday during the year. The accepted view is that a combination of wintry weather, post-Christmas blues and a long wait until the next holiday combine to persuade employees that an unplanned day off is the best option.
She says: “Wielding a stick and threatening punitive action if an employee takes unplanned and unwarranted absence rarely works. There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that it can have the opposite effect, with employees less likely to give their all if they are not treated as adults. Instead, it’s better to introduce something as simple as ‘return to work’ interviews along with guidance on calling your line manager if you are ill.
“If an organisation’s culture is based on trust, with employees given respect and a degree of latitude, the likelihood is that they will be more inclined to go the extra mile for their employer. Recognising that people can’t always perform to their maximum capability will help foster stronger relationships between employers and their employees.”
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