Report – Mondays See Absences Double Compared to Friday
New statistics from ELAS reveal that the absentee rate for Mondays is almost double that of absences on Fridays.
During the first half of 2016, Monday remained in its position as the most popular day for people to call in sick to work. Absenteeism in February was the highest during the first half of the year, whilst ‘National Sickie Day’ on February 1st saw the greatest number of lost man hours.
April stands out as the month with the lowest number of absences.
David Southall is a consultant at ELAS specialising in employment law. He explained, "Employers should ensure they have robust return to work procedures in place, part of which should be to discuss in detail the reason why an employee was absent.
“Should a health issue be suggested, the employer could follow up by seeking to obtain a medical report; this will reveal whether or not the employee is properly addressing any underlying medical condition. Notes from all return to work meetings should be retained in case they need to be referred back to at future meetings with the same employee."
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