Jubilee Fever Spreads to the Workplace
Businesses across the UK were struck down with a less patriotic ‘Jubilee fever’ today (Wednesday 6 June), as a flurry of staff called in sick following the four-day celebration.
All over the country, bosses have been faced with unplanned absences from staff as they sought to extend their long weekend with an extra day off work.
Peter Mooney, head of consultancy at ELAS, said:
“It seems that many employees have decided to upgrade their four-day weekend to a five-day one by calling in sick on Wednesday, with our absence management line taking double the usual number of calls for a Wednesday.”
“Workers will no doubt be aware that they can get nine days off for the price of three by taking the rest of this week off work, and those who didn’t secure annual leave could well be claiming sick leave to ensure they still get the time off.”
“Most companies don’t require a doctor’s note for anything less than seven days off, so people will find it easy to ring in, self certify, and stay off work for the remainder of the week.”
ELAS advises employers to regularly remind employees that fraudulently claiming sick leave is a disciplinary offence.
Mr Mooney added:
“We experienced a similar phenomenon after the Royal wedding last April, when many workers called in sick for the three working days between the two bank holiday weekends.”
“While it’s great to get together as a country and celebrate these milestone Royal events, employers can be left with a skeleton staff during the three-day working week, causing a real headache for those who do come into the office.”
ELAS offers an Absence Assist hotline to SMEs, which requires staff calling in sick to telephone a dedicated absence management line. For more information or advice about dealing with holiday entitlement and absenteeism, call ELAS on 08450 50 40 60.