Rewards for zero sick absence?

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  • #20816
    Anonymous
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    My department is currently exploring ideas around how to reduce sickness and in particular of how to, (if at all), ‘reward’ those staff who have zero sickness absence in a rolling 12 month period.

    I’m just hoping to get a little feedback from other LA’s of what, if anything, they have in place to promote zero sickness absence – financial incentives, additional A/L..etc?

    #3594
    Mark_Payne
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    By all accounts Gordon Brown is thinking about stopping sick pay for the first few days sick for all his Civil Servants – according to the red top newspaper I read.

    There’s mixed feeling as to whether this will actually work.

    The best incentive in my opinion is to improve staff morale – easier said than done – happy staff are productive staff

    #3595
    AndrewDonald
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    Fife doesnt do anything to reward good attendance.

    Previously it was recognised in a small way e.g. by letter but it was felt that staff who had good attendance other than for a short period (couple of days) were not being recognised, somewhat unfairly, so the scheme was dropped.

    Recognition is the best reward, in my book. If you do a good job your manager should tell you. So why not have managers tell their staff, on an individual basis, that their good attendance is recognised and appreciated.

    Infact I will now put that forward as an idea at our next meeting with the boss. 😉

    #3596
    Anonymous
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    In a former life, staff were given a “return to work” interview with the aim of reaffirming the employer’s concern for the welfare of the staff and attempting to pick up on any underlying long term problems. – No rewards financial or otherwise.

    Personally if someone is sick I’d rather they stay off work than struggle into work and “cough and splutter” over the rest of the staff which is what some may feel compelled to do if there is a chance that they lose their “reward”.

    #3597
    Trevor Kenward
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    My Authority does exactly what Phil has stated with the added extra of ‘trigger days’, being either a total of 5 days sick in a 3 month period, 3 separate periods in a 3 month period and 10 days or more in a 12 month period.
    If an employee reaches one of these ‘triggers’ then he or she is deemed to have given cause for concern under our Managing Attendence Policy and Procedure and if appropriate can then be referred to the Ocupational Health Section.

    #3598
    Anonymous
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    Well, it seems the general sentiment here is that we shouldn’t be ‘rewarding’ someone for not being sick, which is my personal feeling, too….especially the bit about it meaning people who are sick will come into work and ‘share their germs’, so as to avoid missing out on their reward!

    However, the issue was raised recently, in my LA, when our Customer Services dept. decided to start a sceme whereby zero absence would be rewarded with additional A/L. Hence, we are now being asked to consider the merits of such a scheme for the benefits section.

    #3599
    Anonymous
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    Still trying to puzzle this extra leave for nil sickness. Are we saying that in trying to reduce absence we give staff extra leave therby creating an absence? Also, how many days leave extra do they get for not being sick? If it’s only an extra day or two, then it might be more profitable to “throw a sickie” for three days, for example. What have they lost?

    #3600
    david farrar
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    I agree with Phil

    It appears nonsensical to reward non-absence with absence.

    My other concern would be that this could be perceived as discriminatory against individuals with recognised long-term disabilities/medical conditions.

    #3601
    Anonymous
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    Aren’t we going about this the wrong way round? Rather than rewarding good attendance, shouldn’t we be doing something about poor attendance. I don’t see why people should get an extra reward for fulfilling the terms of their contract (unless they’re a professional footballer that is) by coming to work when well enough to do so.

    If someone’s sick they’re sick and shouldn’t be at work – end of story. If their level of sickness absence is unacceptable their employer should do something about.

    #3602
    Anonymous
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    Liverpool – rewards with an extra 2 days a/l for a rolling year from your b/day without sickness absence, this could work against the authority though, as I’m sure there’s a possibility of a trend for people who have already been off sick during the year, to be off the month before their birthday & receipt of their a/l entitlement. The only way this can be dealt with is with a correct & fair sickness monitoring scheme! These are my personal thoughts only & bare no reflection on the authority.

    #3603
    AndrewDonald
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    [quote:f10f0482b9=”Bill McCafferty”]Aren’t we going about this the wrong way round? Rather than rewarding good attendance, shouldn’t we be doing something about poor attendance[/quote:f10f0482b9]

    We should do both.

    Your attendance management policy is the stick. I assume most authorities have similar policies e.g. absences above “trigger levels” over a sustained period (approx 2 years) and you could be deemed unfit for your job, esulting in a capability hearing and being dismissed.

    By rewarding good attendance the hope is to encourage others to improve their attendance i.e. “doing something about attendance”, that’s the carrot.

    Our team are going to discuss this issue tomorrow to see IF staff want to be rewarded, WHAT they see as good attendance, and HOW they would like to be rewarded.

    To go back to my original post “Recognition is the best reward, in my book. If you do a good job your manager should tell you” in the same way they tell you when you have done a good job. They do give praise dont they?

    Thanks DMR for starting this thread, it’s proving quite interesting 💡

    PS did anyone else see in the news that the Royal Mail is to offer staff he chance to win a car and various other prizes in return for good attendance?

    #3604
    Anonymous
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    In our council you get an extra days leave at the end of March if you haven’t had any days of sick from April before to the March. Works here and sick levels are dramatically reduced

    #3605
    IanW
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    💡

    I know what about an [u:051d4dc1d4]extra[/u:051d4dc1d4] amount in our christmas bonuses if you have a good sick record!!!

    #3606
    IanW
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    obviously I meant good sick record as in “well done only one period of sickness in the year totalling three days” as opposed to ” 😡 300 days! [i:013337aa11]with athletes foot[/i:013337aa11]!!!! 😡 “

    #3607
    Anonymous
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    You get Christmas bonuses?!? 👿

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