A total of 17,290,552 working hours were lost to illegal or unprotected strikes
last year, said Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant yesterday, says The BusinessReport.
That's JUST from unprotected strikes
If you look through your business' attendance register, you'll see day after day lost to sick leave
and chronic lateness too.
Think of how much this is actually costing your business in the long run.
Luckily, you can put a stop to most forms of absenteeism
in your business today.
Here's how to set an absenteeism standard in your business
This is a threshold that'll trigger formal counselling if your employees transgress it.
To set an absenteeism
standard, your first step is to look at your absenteeism
rate to determine an acceptable and realistic level of absenteeism
, as no-one's a robot – your employees WILL fall sick from time to time.
So give it some thought – have a look at your attendance records and see if there are any worrying patterns such as high levels of sick leave
Then, once you've decided on the 'absenteeism standard', you'll be better prepared to step in when an employee exceeds this amount.
Revealed: What to do when an employee breaches the accepted absenteeism standard in your business
This should be a joint problem-solving process where you talk to the employee to identify the underlying causes of the problem and put in place a detailed plan of action.
So, if the cause of the absenteeism
is illness, explain your sick leave
policy to your employee and when he needs to bring in a medical certificate as proof of illness.
This way, you'll have a solid paper trail if the pattern continues and you need to take disciplinary action.
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