Employees Abusing Sick Days November 4, 2007Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Managing Employees.
Studies have shown that when a company offers paid sick days, employees will use 85% of the sick days, regardless of how many are offered. Following that trend, you may have noticed a strange virus that only inflicts your staff on Fridays or Mondays. Common sense dictates that if your company offers a “use it or lose it” policy, chances are employees are going to use them.
Many companies keep vacation & sick days separate, with the argument that if they were combined, you’d have to pay for all the days, vs. sick days that hopefully won’t be completely used by everyone in the company. Many other companies are going the other route by combining vacation and sick days into 1 PTO pool. The PTO pool doesn’t have to equal vacation time + the sick days your currently offering, but a happy medium based on actual usage perhaps. Regardless of the #, since it will be less than the previous total pool, you can expect some grumbling amongst the ranks.
The Sith feel the benefits are well worth it:
- Employees will no longer have to lie to their manager about their Friday flu.
- Other employees who are working hard won’t feel resentment to the employees that abuse sick days.
- Productivity will be much more predictable and organized as PTO time will be planned vs. employees scrambling to use up sick time during key times.
- Your employees health will miraculously improve.
11/12/07: As a follow-up CNN.com coincidentally has a non-scientific poll asking users if they’ve abused sick time. and 60% are saying they do. THAT’s SAD! And the type people who would even read CNN are probably more affluent/progressive types of folks (vs the general population).