How to cure holiday sickies in five easy steps

Aussie are expected to take more than one million sickies this festive season, costing their employers over $350 million. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce absenteeism in your business.

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Aussie are expected to take more than one million sickies this festive season, costing their employers over $350 million. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce absenteeism in your business.
 

  1. Monitor: Like all aspects of your business, you can’t fix it if you don’t know what’s happening. Look for trends across teams and with individuals. 
  2. Identify underlying causes: Are your employees motivated? Do you have a good workplace culture? High absences can turn into high turnover. 
  3. Policies: Put yourself in the strongest position by setting out what you expect from your employees around notice and medical evidence.
  4. Enforce your policies: Requiring medical certificates for absences before or after the weekend is particularly effective.
  5. Hold return to work interviews for all absences: You’ll be surprised how much this acts as a deterrent for sickies and helps you support your employees who have genuine issues.

These simple steps can reduce absenteeism by up to 25 per cent. How much would this save your business?

Managing absence can also be fraught with challenges and risks. Do you know what leave your employees are entitlement to and when you can refuse leave? Can you terminate employees who are always off sick? It’s important to manage absenteeism effectively, but also to ensure you do not fall foul of employment law.

Employsure offers free workshops setting out how to implement leave policies and manage absenteeism effectively and without exposing yourself to risk. Visit this Employsure website now to find one near you.

 

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