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Young workers are chucking sickies

Young workers are chucking sickies (Last Updated On: May 24, 2015)

An insurance firm RIAS who specialises in providing people over the age of 50 with insurance has conducted an interesting survey. RIAS found that younger people are four times as likely to lie about sickness to avoid work compared to their elders.

Over the past five years 2,000 workers were surveyed and the results are staggering with 44-per-cent of workers aged 20-39 admitted to taking time off and lied to their bosses about being ill. In comparison, only 12-per-cent of people over the age of 50 lied about being sick.

A third of those under the age of 40 surveyed saw sick leave as an additional holiday that they felt that they deserved. Statistics like these that make employers wonder. What can employers do to protect their workplace productivity and hinder absence which is not genuine?

RIAS suggested ‘older workers were keen to make the “best impression” and hold on to their jobs as they approached retirement’. Also factors contributing to this would be, older people hold senior roles within a business and greater responsibilities and therefore feel inclined to be at work even if they are ill.

Employers who are experiencing younger employees ‘chucking sickies’ can implement procedures to deter their absence. Return to work interviews after sickness is a great way to assess any patterns or reoccurrence of sickness.  An employee may not be so willing to chuck a sickie if they know that they have to face their manager upon return. On the other hand they also provide a supportive opportunity to voice any problems at home or at work which could be contributing to the absence. A daily register to account who is sick is also a good idea to keep track of the number of sick days each employee is taking.

If you would like to discuss sick leave or would like to implement any of the suggested procedures into your employee handbook, contact Employsure today on 1300 651 415. Employsure can support your business by implementing employment policies and procedures to make sure that you are getting the most from your staff and are protected from employment relations issues which may arise from staff exploiting sick leave entitlements.

Source: HC Online website.

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