Last year, the UK witnessed record low absence rates, since records began, according to the Office for National Statistics. But that doesn’t mean we’re getting healthier as a nation.
Whilst employers should ensure they don’t create a culture of presenteeism, with employees fearing scepticism about their legitimacy or insurmountable workloads when recuperating, there are occasions where staff take advantage.
Research from FreeOfficeFinder found that almost a third (31%) of employees admitted to pulling a sickie in the past twelve months, and under half (42%) said that they had lied about a sick day more than once.
With workplace health a ‘significant public health issue’, costing the UK economy an estimated £13.4billion a year, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, it’s important for HR to manage any unwarranted absences and individuals that have been away from work for a long time without any clear indication as to their prognosis.
In such cases, when employees are impeding businesses, it could lead to dismissal.
Writing in City AM, she shares her advice when it comes to dismissing a sick employee that's impeding business.
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