National Sickie Day: Does It Still Exist? What Is National Sickie Day?
We first coined
National Sickie Day nearly 10 years ago when our absence management team noticed that there was an increased trend for absences on the first Monday of February. It quickly gathered pace and became a national phenomenon, with businesses up and down the country finding that National Sickie Day was indeed a problem within their company too. Does It Still Exist?
According to our research, no! National Sickie Day lost its title back in 2017 when we uncovered that there were other Monday’s throughout the year where absence rates were higher. The same can be said with Blue Monday – it simply doesn’t exist anymore.
Why Did It Disappear?
The truth is, there are many answers! Firstly, we’ve found that employers are becoming more proactive and diligent when it comes to monitoring their employee absences. Introducing an
absence management service (including software) into your business means that you have a robust absence management procedure in place. Back this up with enforceable return to work policies, procedures and thorough Bradford Factor reporting and you’re able to set a precedent throughout your company that un-genuine absences aren’t tolerated and will be found out.
Secondly, Monday’s are quite miserable for us all. Period.
According to our research, the top 10 days of 2019 for employee absences all fell on a Monday:
16 th September 4 th February 29 th April 10 th June 28 th January 7 th January 1 st April 2 nd January 14 th January 3 rd June
Every Monday in January 2019 also features in our top 10 days for absenteeism.
Should we rename National Sickie Day to National Sickie Monday? Blue Monday to Blue January?
Absence Reasons To Keep An Eye On
The top 3 absence reasons in 2019 were as follows:
Gastrointestinal issues – 23.98% Cold, cough and flu – 16.34% Headache – 7.39%
Of course, we can’t differentiate between genuine and fabricated absences. But with the temperamental weather last year it’s no wonder we were all feeling under the weather at some point.
The Best Excuses We’ve Heard
Whilst we have your attention, let’s remind ourselves of some of the cracking absence reasons we have recorded over the years through our absence management service:
Death of a grandparent. However, the company’s HR manager knew the grandparent very well and bumped into him in the supermarket A pet animal had chewed the employee’s shoes, meaning they couldn’t get to work Sister in law is in labour. Although there was no sister in law and no baby! What Can You Do To Tackle Absenteeism Throughout Your Business?
It’s clear that as an employer, you need to keep a close eye on your team’s Monday morning absences. Whether it’s due to a heavy weekend, a case of the Monday blues or a genuine sickness it’s clear that UK employees don’t like Mondays!
Employers aren’t powerless though. Take a look at your absence data closely. Are there any trends with certain individuals, or even on certain days? If you have enough evidence that there is a suspicious pattern to an employee’s absences then you are able to organise a review meeting with the employee in question.
The Bradford Factor will also assist you here as it provides you with another layer of protection and analysis when tackling employee absenteeism.
However, by incorporating a strong
occupational health culture into your business you will also be able to increase and monitor the well being of your team. For more information on how ELAS can help reduce, monitor or even manage your company absences please get in touch. You can call us on 08450 50 40 60 or you can complete the form to the right.