PaperMacheMario wrote:That system does sound stupid to be fair, and Moggy is right that it would encourage people to take more than one day off at a time if it won't result in their 'score' increasing. Surely companies should be looking for patterns of sickness if anything other than total number of days off?
Something that I find irritating about sickness at work is back to work interviews. I've been ill twice in the 2.5 years I've been with my current company, and both times have had these weird conversations where your line manager asks you what was wrong, how you're feeling now etc. Just seems like a complete waste of time unless you've been off for a week or longer. Not sure if these are normal for every day of sickness or if it's just because I don't usually have days off.
Again, this type of system provides a consistently applied foundational knowledge. This is used in conjunction with a range of other factors such as return to work interviews, patterns of sickness etc to build a complete picture.
No wonder non-managers think managers are plebs if you believe we just look at some basic formula and go oops, score's gone over, bye bye Janice.
I would also consider someone who decides to take additional false sick days off because it won't inflate their score as dishonest. As above, it shouldn't just come down the score on its own anyway and any management team that does that is obviously a poor one.
Re back to work interviews, these are crucial IMO and are the most important aspect of sickness management. It does come down again to consistency and it provides the ability to crack down on a potential sickness absence issue from the very beginning and fully document the entire situation for future use if necessary. In your situation, it might seem unnecessary, however what's to say you won't develop a sickness problem in the future and how would other team members feel if you were left out of the management process just because you were considered reliable by your manager?
Drumstick wrote:Oblomov Boblomov wrote:Drumstick wrote:I've had six (exactly six) days off sick in the last 12 months. If OB was my manager he'd probably have martched me up to HR long ago for a dressing down.
I'd have had you down at occupational health after three of those days. You'd have at least seven prescriptions, a flexible working arrangement and mandatory health screening every month by now .
If only you weren't a much better poker player than me, it wouldn't be ironic .
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