Australia Day Sickies

Brigitte‘Whaddya mean? I am entitled to 4 weeks paid holidays and 8 days paid sick leave and 3 paid ‘personal days’ and when that runs out, I am entitled to compo!’ – Is this the mentality of your workforce? (this is from an article published by Engleman Etcetera Pty Ltd – the full article is available here.)

With Australia Day coming up this Saturday and a public holiday on Monday, it’s been estimated by the NSW Business Chamber of Commerce that there will be 173,000 ‘sickies’ taken today for holiday goers to extend their long weekend – in that state alone.

It is expected the cost to employers will be more than $36 million, not including the cost of replacement workers and lost productivity.

Really, who wouldn’t enjoy an extra day off, but when does our moral compass pipe up and say ‘we shouldn’t do this’.  It’s like wagging school for adults.

Whilst it might seem like a good idea at the time, you need to consider the impact your ‘sick’ behaviour will have on your reputation at work. Absenteeism ultimately costs your organisation and can also be damaging to people’s perception of you in the workforce.  If you want to take a long week end, stand up and be honest and take an annual leave day at least then your employer and colleagues can plan to cover your workload.

On the flip side of the coin, employers need to ensure employees know procedures around sick days and if you aren’t wanting to create a culture of absenteeism, then get strict about the matter because if it’s not addressed you can be sure that when the next public holiday and long weekend rolls around, you’ll continue to have employees suddenly falling ill.

If you would like to share your thoughts or feedback on how your organisation manages this ongoing problem in your workplace we would be interested in hearing from you.

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About Eden Ritchie Recruitment

We are a Brisbane business developed with the needs of the Queensland market in mind. Being locally owned and operated ensures that we are committed to playing our part in growing the Queensland economy. Eden Ritchie Recruitment was established in March 1996 by Kim Ritchie and Justine Eden, whose combined recruitment industry experience exceeds 40 years. Since its inception Eden Ritchie Recruitment has gone from strength to strength. Why? For the same reason all good businesses succeed; ability, commitment, dedication, self-belief and tenacity. However more important than all of these necessary attributes, there exists the innate understanding that to succeed in this competitive market, we must constantly adapt and recast ourselves to ensure our continuous alignment with the needs of both employers and candidates. We believe that ‘focused’ is the word that best describes our approach to all aspects of the recruitment profession. Our mission statement: To provide a professional, individually tailored recruitment service to both employers and candidates through the development of long term relationships and an understanding of market demands.

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