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AN ANALYSIS OF CORPORATE SICK-LEAVE POLICIES Recent Treads in the Business World Linda C. Motonga April 5, 2010 Corporate sick-leave policies must be studied carefully in order to maximize employee productivity and minimize excessive absenteeism. The reason for absences and the responsiveness of employers to the needs of the employees must be examined in order to determine some practical alternatives to current policies. Reasons for absence There are many reason employees are from work. Illness and personal emergency are common reason for absenteeism. However, recent surveys have shown that about 28 percent of reported sick time isn’t due to illness. This percentage is on the rise. Recent studies have also shown that absences due to personal needs are increasing. Also, many workers believe that are “entitled” to a day off now and then. Perhaps it is time for employers to revamp their sick-leave policies and make these policies more responsive to the needs of the employees.
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Unformatted text preview: Responsiveness of employers If employees are finding it necessary to take sick days when they are not ill, it makes sense to conclude that possibly employers either are not aware of why absenteeism exists or have chosen not to respond to their employees’ needs. One thing is certain-ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Possible Solutions Flexible scheduling is one creative way in which employers can respond to the needs of employees. If workers are given the opportunity for a flexible working schedule, stress levels should go down and personal needs can be handled during the time they are off. Another solution might be to give employees a fixed a number of days off each year for reason other than illness. This gives worker a legitimate reason for a planned absence and gives employers some advance notice so that absences do not hurt productivity....
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