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Derek Bishop

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Employees are people too

Date added: 29th Jan 2016
Category: Employee Engagement

Why is it that when it comes to a work situation, many employers are still conflicted about their employees having to take time off through illness

When someone you are close to is ill, you try to help; it’s a natural human reaction. Most of the time it’s the little touches which can make all the difference; picking up the kids from school, doing a bit of shopping or even cooking the evening meal; small gestures but ones which ease the pressure and help people to concentrate on getting better.

So why is it that when it comes to a work situation, many employers are still conflicted about their employees having to take time off through illness? On the plus side a recent survey by Axa PPP healthcare revealed that 49% of bosses acknowledged that having a quick diagnosis backed by information on how to get better would improve productivity. 32% also would prefer employees to stay at home rather than come in to work when they are sick.

However, the same survey revealed that just 28% of bosses considered that employees should take as long as is needed for treatment and recuperation with 17% expecting employees to take no longer than three days off sick any one time. Moreover, 29% admitted to being frustrated at the time lost when employees are absent for medical appointments.

Now we’re not going to pretend that it isn’t frustrating when employees are absent but if businesses want engaged employees giving their best for the organisation then they have to create the conditions in which their people feel valued and cared for. Recognising that people do get sick from time to time and do need medical or dental appointments and creating the conditions in which employees feel able to take action to improve their own health is one way of not only boosting engagement but also ensuring that when people are in work they are able to give their all.

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