There are a number of epidemics floating around Officeville right now: seasonal affectation disorder, snow fatigue and holiday deprivation (the lack of holidays this time of year).
It’s a perfect storm for another workplace epidemic: abuse of the company’s sick-day policy.
Ken Wisnefski, CEO of Internet-marketing firm WebiMax , said this season, he’s had about two to three employees call-in sick each week.
“I think in today’s society, people are very quick to call out,” Wisnefski said.
Some of the worst offenders? Young people — and Mondays.
“I notice the younger people on my staff call out a lot more than the more seasoned staff,” Wisnefski said. “Some of that may go along with the hours they keep outside of work!”
In a survey at this time last year, workforce-management firm Kronos found that 57 percent of salaried employees said they would take a sick day even if they weren’t really sick.
Greg Szymanski, who’s been in human resources for 15 years, said there are three types of people who call in sick: 1) the martyr (an employee who never calls in sick, even when s/he should, 2) the realist (an employee who calls in sick when s/he is sick) and 3) the cheater (calls in sick a lot, especially on Fridays and Mondays and maybe even around vacations).Page 1 of 5 | Next Page