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Cut down on rising absenteeism in your company today!

by , 26 February 2013
Domestic workers rejoice! New nationwide private health care has been launched, which offers occupational and private primary health care, including GP consultations, medicines, X-rays and blood tests. This is expected to reduce absenteeism and employee turnover. But what if you suspect your employees are taking advantage of this and claiming to be sick when she's not? Here's what you can do to cut down on absenteeism in your company...

IOL reports that domestic workers can now access nationwide private health care at a cost of R170 to the employer.
 
That's great news for domestic workers if they're legitimately ill.
 
But as an employer, you need to watch that your employees don't take advantage.
 
Who can forget the 'sick note' scandal last December, where 658 students were implicated at The University of Johannesburg alone, says the Labour Bulletin.
 
And while we all need a little time off to recharge our batteries, calling in sick when you're just feeling a little stressed isn't the way to do it.
 
It drastically affects the company's bottom line, so needs to be brought in check.
 
Every year, false absenteeism costs SA companies around R63 million.
 
What can you do to cut employee absenteeism?
 
The Labour Bulletin suggests you check all the medical certificates your employees bring in.
 
Not only will this make it easier to spot 'fakes', it will also send the message across that  your company's sick leave policy is strict and set in stone, so employees will be less likely to take advantage.
 
You'll also need to make sure an employee completes a sick leave form each time she's off sick.
 
The simple thought of filling out a form and being checked up on is enough to put most employees off of staying home 'sick' when they're not.
 
Keep attendance registers and check up on those medical certificates to reduce absenteeism!
 
A clear give away is if the medical certificate states the medical practitioner was 'informed' of the employee's illness – in most cases, this means they didn't visit the practitioner at all.
 
Another easy way to keep absenteeism in check is to comply with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act requirement for companies to complete daily attendance registers for all staff members.
 
By keeping these records up to date, you'll have proof of recurring absenteeism and be able to step in before it becomes an even bigger problem.
 


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