Timely re­minder about sick leave

Be up­front about tak­ing time off, writes Cara Jenkin

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MAN­AGERS should re­mind their staff about their sick leave en­ti­tle­ments be­fore the fes­tive and sum­mer hol­i­day sea­son gets into full swing.

How­ever, en­cour­ag­ing hon­est com­mu­ni­ca­tion from staff also may help pre­vent man­agers be­ing left in the lurch by a burnt-out em­ployee.

Many or­gan­i­sa­tions report that a dis­pro­por­tion­ately high num­ber of em­ploy­ees take sick

One in three, or 33 per cent, of re­spon­dents said they needed the time off to at­tend to per­sonal er­rands.

Tak­ing a ‘‘ men­tal-health day’’ was the rea­son 28 per cent of re­spon­dents took a sickie. Only 8 per cent said they needed to re­cover from a big night or week­end.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor James Ni­chol­son says work­ers should use their sick days when

CAR­ING: Sup­port­ing staff when they gen­uinely need a day off will lead to fewer work­ers tak­ing ‘‘sick­ies’’.

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