Scotland is not renowned for it’s hot (or even dry!) summer, therefore with the recent mini heatwave we have been experiencing, employers are warned that workers may be planning to pull a sickie, according to new research.
Whether employees are booking a last minute holiday or not turning up to work on a Monday morning in order to enjoy an extended sun baked weekend, employers need to consider their strategy for keeping control of employee absences during the hot weather.
Employment tribunals have risen sharply in the past year as disgruntled employees no longer face crippling fees to bring a case to Tribunal. Therefore if not handled properly, employers could find themselves facing the tribunals themselves.
Before the sunshine turns to rain, read our tips for employers to ensure you handle the summer at work and don’t get hot under the collar:
Setting out clear policies now will stand you in good stead for future requests from employees who wish to take time off at short notice, whether this is to enjoy the sun, sleep off a busy weekend, or watch the World Cup.
If you are investigating suspected ‘sickies’, it is vital you have a strong suspicion that the individual involved has not been genuinely ill before you start disciplinary procedures. Disciplinary procedures must be followed by the book as repercussions for businesses today can be costly.