When you’re the Prime Minister, it’s difficult to take a sick day without being noticed. But the reality is that everybody gets sick, whether you’re the Prime Minister, a pastry chef or a park ranger. According to the National Employment Standards all full-time employees are entitled to 10 days of paid personal/carer’s leave annually, if they, or someone in their care falls ill.
When absenteeism becomes excessive it can be a difficult problem for a manager to deal with. Take a look at page 476 of Management: theory and practice 5E for some tips on absenteeism counselling.
Questions for discussion
Apart from illness, what other reasons might there be for excessive absenteeism? As a manager, how would you deal with an employee whose absenteeism began to effect their performance and workplace relationships?