Feeling under the weather but still stuck at your desk?
You’re not alone, as research from Appointments Personnel has found that many of us drag ourselves into the office when we are genuinely unwell rather than take sick leave.
As MD Emma Bonfiglio explains, whether the ailment is real or not, it’s imperative that you follow your companies sick leave policy to the letter to avoid problems upon your return.
Many employees feel obliged to continue to work even though they are unwell as they feel guilty about taking sick leave. The reasons for this are generally due to pressure from our boss or because we feel guilty about letting the rest of the team down.
Studies have shown that over 65% of staff go into work with a range of illnesses, which isn’t just unproductive, but also threatens the health of their colleagues.
As well as feeling bad about letting the side down, 35% of employees said that their managers put pressure on them to turn in even though they weren’t up to the job, and a further 44% said that they are often questioned about the reason for their absence upon their return.
Staff wellbeing and productivity are vital to the success of any business, and over 80% of employers believe that having staff in the office that are under the weather is detrimental. However, the pressure is still felt by employees when taking sick leave.
Many provide full pay for absences due to ill health for certain periods of time, whereas others may only offer the standard Statutory Sick Pay rate.
In the event that you really aren’t up to going into work for health reasons, it’s imperative that you follow your companies sick leave and absence policy to the letter to avoid problems upon your return.
As soon as you start to feel unwell, inform your line manager and discuss alternative options for work. Perhaps an afternoon or a day in bed could remedy the situation, or even the possibility of working from home until you feel 100% would be a suitable alternative.
If a trip to the doctors is in order, your employer has a legal obligation to allow you to attend. Any period of absence your GP recommends should be followed up by a letter which you can show to your employer in the event that you need to take sick leave.
In terms of pay, this varies from employer to employer so check your contract of employment for further details. Many provide full pay for absences due to ill health for certain periods of time, whereas others may only offer the standard Statutory Sick Pay rate. Make sure you are aware what you are entitled to pay-wise when it comes to sick leave to avoid any unexpected surprises on pay day.
About Emma Bonfiglio
Managing Director at Appointments Personnel, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors.
Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.