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October 9, 2009

Survey on Sick Leave Shows Economy May Be a Factor

Filed under: General HR Buzz5:28 am

CareerBuilder recently released their annual survey on sick leave usage and the results show nearly one-third (32 percent) of workers have played hooky from the office this year, and 28 percent of employers think more employees are absent with fake excuses due to increased stress and burnout caused by the recession.

While most employers reported they typically don’t question the reason for sick leave absences, 29 percent said they have checked up on an employee who called in sick and 15 percent said they have fired a worker for missing work without a legitimate excuse.

For employers, the best approach is to have a documented sick leave policy and communicate in the policy that a doctor’s note may be required when there is suspected abuse of sick leave, (such as excessive usage or a pattern of taking sick days only on Friday).

Which makes me wonder…. Statistically, what are the odds that an employee only gets sick on Fridays?  I’m not sure, but I’d sooner play the odds at the local thoroughbred race track (which is where your employee probably is when he’s sick on Friday).

The CareerBuilder survey included more than 4,700 workers and 3,100 employers.

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