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Why employees call in sick

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One of the most crippling things an employer can experience is when an employee calls in sick. It is especially exasperating for an employer that is short staffed in a particular area of the company as often it is difficult to replace the employee with limited notice.

Understanding why an employee calls in sick may offer some insight into reducing the unexpected absences. A survey by CareerBuilder.com found the reason for a third of the last minute notices was that the employee just did not feel like reporting to work.

Workplace culture is frequently the reason employees will wake up and think it better to call in than to report for work. Without a feeling of engagement an employee lacks the attitude they are important to the company. This lack of worth is present in companies where managers do not practice contemporary management techniques.

With contemporary management employees are aware of the corporate goals, organizational resources and limitations of their part in the corporate goals and are empowered to make decisions toward fulfilling those goals. This increases the employee’s engagement to a shared vision for the company’s goals and their contribution, if recognized, keeps them connected and interested. Of course this is an oversimplification but it is a reality nonetheless.

Other reasons included feeling the need for relaxation (29%), a doctor’s appointment (22%), catching up on sleep (16%) and running errands (15%).

Michigan has no laws that govern required employee paid time off. They only require that employees under the age of 18 be given a break period after five hours of work, however that break period does not have to be paid.

© Max Impact, used with permission.

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