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Take these three steps today to stop your employees from taking too much sick leave

by , 22 April 2014
If you think it's only negligent employees who are a huge liability for you, think again. Employees who continually take sick leave are another. Not only can you lose thousands of rands if just one or two of your employees are constantly absent, but staff moral goes down when they notice their colleagues are always absent. So what's the best way to deal with this problem? Be proactive and use these three steps to prevent your employees from taking too much sick leave.


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Revealed: Three proactive steps you can use to stop your employees from sick leave abuse

Step #1: The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service recommends you offer regular basic tests such as blood pressure and sugar levels. This way, you can quickly assess any health problems and suggest that your employee gets medical advice on preventive steps.

Step #2: Start an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

Experts at the Labour & HR Club say employees have personal issues that follow them to work. And these have a serious impact on the quality of their work and how effective they are.

They say 'you need to focus on your employee's personal issues just as much as you would on their work output.'
So refer employees who take a lot of sick leave to the EAP for counselling.


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Step #3: Offer incentives to your employees who don't take sick leave. For example, you can have a rule that says employees who don't take leave for a certain period will get a bonus.

If you opt for this method, just keep in mind that employees who really are sick might come to work just to get the bonus.

To counter this, you can make the reward something like a certificate or mention in the company newsletter or handshake from the MD.

The only way to ensure employees who continually take sick leave don't become a huge liability is to be proactive. So take these steps to deal with them today.

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