National Sickie Day | Why your employees are calling in sick?

Statistics show that many employees are most likely to pull their first sickie of the year within February. This years National Sickie Day (2021) is on the 1st February. Employers need to be aware of this day and focus their attention on how to prevent sick days.

No matter whether employees call in sick for a genuine reason or a not so genuine reason, this can affect your business in multiple ways. When an employee has a sick day, this creates a knock-on affect from work being pushed back or not completed, increased workplace stress levels due to an increase in workload or even an increase in business costs to cover the employee’s day off. In order to prevent this from happening, it’s important to understand why your employees are taking sick days.

Here are the top 5 reasons for employees calling in sick especially on National Sickie Day:

● A genuine physical or mental illness
● High levels of stress or anxiety
● A personal issue
● Low morale or job dissatisfaction
● A workplace issue

In order to combat sick days, it’s important to get to the root of the problem and take action as soon as possible. High levels of unauthorised absence, including sick leave can cause lost or delayed production, low morale and reduce the standard of service within a business. Therefore, managing sick leave especially around National Sickie Day is important.

Measuring absence can show how much time is lost, where it occurs most and how often individual employees are absent. Keeping individual attendance records will help monitor absence and lateness. Having attendance and absence policies will help employees understand what standards are expected of them and will help managers deal with these issues in a fair and consistent way.

Employers and managers will want to stop recurring offenders as soon as possible. This is to set a president among work culture. Implementing employee contracts and handbooks can help remove any grey areas and provide valuable processes for such offenders.

How can you help to reduce employees’ absences:

● Offer an incentive
● Ensure employees are aware of company policy
● Hold regular meetings to help prevent work related stress and anxiety
● Ensure managers are professionally trained to deal with sick leave

It’s important to be sympathetic and understanding when it comes to managing sick leave among employees. If you’re in need of additional HR support to help with staff absence, please get in touch with our award-winning team.