Wouldn’t it be great if employees came to work when they’re supposed to? On time, every time? In an ideal world we wouldn’t need to worry about absent employees or those who arrive late. But we do. Attendance issues are something every company faces. And the larger the company the bigger the problem.
Calling in sick should never be hard. When you’re not feeling your best, all you want to do is go back to sleep and focus on healing, not wrack your brain trying to remember what manager is going to be in charge and the best way to reach them and alert them you won’t be making it in.
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“But I DID call! It’s your fault, not mine, that you didn’t get the message.” Maybe they did call, maybe they didn’t, but either way you, as a manager, have a problem on your hands.
Business management advice blogs and forums are abound with questions about how and why employees abuse their benefits and what can be done about it.
Unless you work in health care, you probably aren’t particularly excited about dealing with sick people all day.
It's simply a fact of life. From time to time, employees are going to call in sick or have to miss work for another reason. And every time one of them does, it can wreak havoc on you as an HR manager.