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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Everyone wants to work in a positive work environment, it boosts productivity and makes the job of retaining talent that much easier. But there are times when difficult staff members can make it hard for those around them to fulfil their potential. At moments like these, it is important to act quickly so that the workplace morale you have worked hard to create doesn’t suffer.
After the success of our recent webinar on Record Keeping Obligations under the Fair Work Act , we have decided to run another webinar – this time based on Work Rights in Australia.
Workplace bullying complaints are on the rise, and imminent changes to the Fair Work Act will allow complaints to be dealt with at a Federal level. According to Steve Champion, Director of ER Strategies, the best prevention is to recognise workplace conflict and deal with it before it escalates into allegations of bullying or harassment.
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.
Irrespective of their size, companies have a wide range of policies and procedures in place that their workers need to be aware of – which is why a staff handbook can prove useful. Comprehensive and easy-to-understand employee handbooks should detail employment policies and procedures, clearly articulating your business’s expectations of employee behaviour and performance in their roles.
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