sickies

Lack of Management Training Leaves Firms Exposed to “sickies”

Small businesses are failing to recognise or tackle high staff absence rates due to poorly trained line managers, the Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS) has warned. Citing research from the Engineering Employers’ Federation, ELAS said that sickness absence in UK businesses has fallen from an average of 6.7 days per person per year in 2007, to five days in 2011. However, ELAS head of employment law, Peter Mooney, said while corporate institutions were tackling high staff absence levels, small firms were failing to deal with the problem. “More than a quarter of small firms leave absence management to line managers  not trained in absence handling, as an additional task alongside their main job. This enables staff to pull ‘sickies’ whenever and as frequently as they want.” &l... »

Brits taking less Sickies

Brits taking less Sickies

Employees took 180 million sick days last year, averaging 6.4 days each, according to the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey. The rate of absence is the lowest since the survey began in 1987, and down slightly from 6.7 days per employee in 2007, the previous surveyed year. A small improvement in the public-sector absence rate helps explain the fall, but it remains significantly higher than the private-sector rate. The impact of staff absence is considerable, with the 180 million sick days costing employers about £16.8bn in 2009, plus indirect costs like reductions in customer service and delays to teamwork. Unfortunately, so-called "sickies" remain a problem. The senior HR staff surveyed at 241 public and private-sector organisations estimated that around... »