It’s National Sickie Day; have more of your staff phoned in sick than normal today? Have you taken a sickie? So, what’s going on? Why is there a peak on the 6th February?
According to Dr Jill Miller from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it could be any number of reasons. Firstly, it’s still Winter and many of us are going to work in the dark, coming home in the dark, barely seeing daylight and depriving our bodies of vitamin D, leading to fatigue and other symptoms. Secondly, it’s cold and flu season. Plus, many of us are still miserable from Christmas, having overindulged and overspent. Add to that the sense of failure at having caved on all of our New Year resolutions and it doesn’t look pretty. Whilst some of today’s sickness absences won’t be genuine, I’d like to believe most will.
- Do you have a policy in place to measure and monitor absence levels in your workplace?
- Is there a pattern emerging where someone’s absence is concerned? Do you know how to deal with this?
- Is the culture in your organisation contributing to people being absent?
- Are your staff sick or taking days off to care for others?
- Are they suffering from an illness that they feel unable to talk to you about?
- Do you have the problem of presenteeism? Where people are sick but still coming in?
- Have you simply accepted that absence is just something you have to put up with?
Of course, we are all unwell from time to time but there are many things employers can do to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals. At Next Steps, we can help you launch and evaluate wellbeing initiatives to enable your staff to take better care of themselves and feel supported at work. We can also review your policies and procedures to ensure you can distinguish between and manage sickness absence, carer responsibilities, domestic emergencies, bereavement leave. Next Steps can help you:
- Give your line managers the confidence and competence to manage absence consistently
- Improve communication skills to enable them to handle often difficult conversations
- Help them spot the signs that someone may be struggling with mental health difficulties and know how to support them
- Create the sort of culture where people want to come to work and are less likely to throw a sickie when they’re not actually ill
Let us enable to you make the changes to reduce absence, improve engagement and satisfaction, increase loyalty, attract the best people – all of which will have a positive impact on your bottom line results. Take the next step today and get in touch.