Skipping class may not be a habit that employees left in college but may still be taking leave of absence for bogus reasons. According to a survey by the employment law consultancy, Peninsula, 17% of all company sickness is bogus.
The research covered over 2,000 employees and it was calculated that such leave costs companies billions of dollars, £20.9bn to be precise. And the number of sick days has risen from eight in 2002 to 16 this year.
Employees are most likely to take bogus leave on Fridays and Mondays, thereby enjoying a long weekend away from work. They are frequently found to be absent from work after sporting events.
Small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Personal business owners need to ask themselves and their employees as to why absenteeism is becoming so common and need to take steps to ensure that it does not become an accepted trend. In fact the survey also revealed that when companies accepted such “sickness leave” other workers were often left wondering “Why not me?”
“Bogus leave should not be taken lightly” says Mikle Huss, the employment law director at Peninsula, and work interviews need to be scheduled after the employees get back to work.
Often other employees and the employer find themselves burdened with additional work resulting in stress – employers need to take steps against such as a situation.
Hat-tip to GrowingBusiness.co.uk