You have one employee who calls in sick every Friday, or every Monday. It’s starting to seem like they’re using sick time as vacation days. What do you do?
First, make sure a pattern truly exists.
As one of the leading staffing agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth can tell you if it’s happened once or twice, it could simply be a coincidence. However, if it’s happened more than that – especially in a short amount of time – you should inquire about what’s going on. Simply bring up the issue to your employee and let them know you’re concerned about their sick time use. Cite the dates they’ve taken off and how they’ve occurred right before or after a weekend.
How your employee responds will guide you as to what steps to take next.
There could truly be a legitimate reason for the sick time. For instance, perhaps your employee has been taking Friday afternoons off because they have a standing doctor’s appointment for a chronic health issue. You want to know these details before you plunge ahead and discipline an employee for abusing sick time.
However, if there’s no good excuse for taking so much sick time off, then communicate to your employee that sick time is truly for when they are ill…not when they need a day off before a big holiday weekend.
In addition, convey to them how taking so much time off impacts the rest of the team because it’s unplanned. Finally, let your employee know that you’re going to be monitoring the situation going forward.
At this point, your employee will know you’ve noticed the trend in the sick time they take and the issue will likely be rectified.
You may also require that this particular employee submit doctor’s notes going forward. However, keep in mind that means you don’t trust them to be honest with you, which isn’t a good position to be in. And if this sick leave issue is simply one performance problem in a long string of them, then it may be time to bid farewell to this employee.
If that’s the case, and you need help filling a job opening, call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Central Virginia, we’ll learn about your company, your culture, and your key staffing pains. We’ll then get to work providing you with access to the people you need, where and when you need them. Contact us today to learn more.