One of the more difficult things to deal with when you own a business is the absenteeism. Whether you offer vacation time, sick time, or time off without pay, you’d be amazed at the number of people that take advantage of the ability to have the time off and know the job will still be there for them when they return.
People decide they don’t want to work for many reasons which would include not wanting to work with a specific person, not wanting to do a specific job or duty, and wanting to start the weekend early or not wanting it to end so soon. Whatever the reason may be, these types of people always figure out a way to be absent from work.
One of the biggest reasons people tend to call in sick for is what others call the brown bottle flu which is otherwise known as a hangover. Most generally speaking these sick calls come in on Friday or Monday and that’s because people either start the weekend too soon or they don’t want to finish it come Sunday.
Another reason people call in sick is because of their small children. This is the one you must be very careful with because you don’t want to find yourself in the middle a lawsuit. While it’s very important for parents to have the freedom they need to handle a sick child, it’s also important for you to have stability of a reliable employee. There is a very fine line.
There are several ways to handle inexcusable absences, but you must handle them in the appropriate way or it may come back on you in the end and the consequences may not be what you desire. You may find yourself out of business, in jail, or you may have to pay a hefty fine. None of which are things you want to go through, so it’s best to handle these things on the up and up and do it right the first time.
You can handle absences by offering an additional vacation day if they can go a certain amount of time without calling in sick. Another idea is to take a specific dollar amount or a percentage off of their bonus for every sick day they take. Think about ways to reward your employees for showing up for work every day and then put it into action.