Staff who regularly take sick days without repercussions are likely to continue doing so – this will have a negative impact on other workers who may soon start to follow suit, or feel aggrieved because they are at work doing the right thing. There are several theories on best practice when it comes to dealing with absenteeism, but the key is for employers to show an interest.
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Do you dread having to sit your employees down to deliver ‘bad news’ for them about their performance? Do you put off having difficult conversations with your employees as a result?
Imagine you have a problem employee (perhaps you don’t have to imagine, you might already have one!), who is not up to your performance standards, despite still being on probation. They often come in late, leave early, take sickies and can’t grasp the concept of deadlines. They are frustrating and de-motivating your other employees – and you too.
When people are thrown together for eight hours a day, five days a week, conflict is probably inevitable. After all, without some lower levels of conflict or competition, workplaces would be very boring places indeed, with little or no differing opinions or exchange of ideas.
Coined in the mid-‘90s by psychologist, Cary Cooper (Paul D. Hooper, Presenteeism, white paper CIDM Corp, 2012), presenteeism is not only more difficult to identify and manage than absenteeism, there is some suggestion that its cost to the economy is far more significant.
Maybe you’ve had other employees approach you and complain that a particular individual is always having long, loud personal conversations on the phone. Maybe they are always ‘sick’ on Mondays and Fridays and near public holidays? Perhaps they smell of booze when they come back from lunch or seem like they’re suffering a hangover a lot of the time.
Many managers will eventually encounter a situation where they are required to look into complaints surrounding an employee’s behaviour, which will require an investigation to take place.
Knowing how well employees are performing in their roles is an important part of employer responsibilities.
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