What Is National Sickie Day?\r\nWe 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.\r\n\r\nDoes It Still Exist?\r\nAccording to our research, no! National Sickie Day lost its title back in 2017 when we uncovered that there were other Monday\u2019s throughout the year where absence rates were higher. The same can be said with Blue Monday \u2013 it simply doesn\u2019t exist anymore.\r\n\r\nWhy Did It Disappear?\r\nThe truth is, there are many answers! Firstly, we\u2019ve 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\u2019re able to set a precedent throughout your company that un-genuine absences aren\u2019t tolerated and will be found out.\r\n\r\nSecondly, Monday\u2019s are quite miserable for us all. Period.\r\n\r\nAccording to our research, the top 10 days of 2019 for employee absences all fell on a Monday:\r\n\r\n16th September\r\n4th February\r\n29th April\r\n10th June\r\n28th January\r\n7th January\r\n1st April\r\n2nd January\r\n14th January\r\n3rd June\r\nEvery Monday in January 2019 also features in our top 10 days for absenteeism.\r\n\r\nShould we rename National Sickie Day to National Sickie Monday? Blue Monday to Blue January?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAbsence Reasons To Keep An Eye On\r\nThe top 3 absence reasons in 2019 were as follows:\r\n\r\nGastrointestinal issues - 23.98%\r\nCold, cough and flu \u2013 16.34%\r\nHeadache \u2013 7.39%\r\nOf course, we can\u2019t differentiate between genuine and fabricated absences. But with the temperamental weather last year it\u2019s no wonder we were all feeling under the weather at some point.\r\n\r\nThe Best Excuses We've Heard\r\nWhilst we have your attention, let\u2019s remind ourselves of some of the cracking absence reasons we have recorded over the years through our absence management service:\r\n\r\nDeath of a grandparent. However, the company\u2019s HR manager knew the grandparent very well and bumped into him in the supermarket\r\nA pet animal had chewed the employee\u2019s shoes, meaning they couldn\u2019t get to work\r\nSister in law is in labour. Although there was no sister in law and no baby!\r\nWhat Can You Do To Tackle Absenteeism Throughout Your Business?\r\nIt\u2019s clear that as an employer, you need to keep a close eye on your team\u2019s Monday morning absences. Whether it\u2019s due to a heavy weekend, a case of the Monday blues or a genuine sickness it\u2019s clear that UK employees don\u2019t like Mondays!\r\n\r\nEmployers aren\u2019t 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\u2019s absences then you are able to organise a review meeting with the employee in question.\r\n\r\nThe Bradford Factor will also assist you here as it provides you with another layer of protection and analysis when tackling employee absenteeism.\r\n\r\nHowever, 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.\r\n\r\nFor 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.