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AN ANALYSIS OF CORPORATE
SICK-LEAVE POLICIES

Recent trends in the business word
Linda C. Motonaga
April 5, 2011

Corporate sick-leave policies must be studied carefully in order tomaximize
Employee productivity and minimize excessive absenteeism. The reasons for
Absences and the responsiveness of employers to the employees
Must be examined in order to determinesome practical alternative to current
Policies.

REASONS FOR ASENCE

The are many reason employees are absent from work. Illness and personal
Emergency are common reason for absenteeism.However, recent surveys
Have shown that about 28 percent of reported sick time isn’t due to illness.
This percentage is on the rise. Recent studies have also shown that absences
Due topersonal needs are increasing. Also, many workers believe that they
Are” entitled” to day off now and then. Perhaps it is time for employers
To revamp their sick-leave policies and makethese policies more responsive
To the needs of the employees.

RESPONSIVENESS OF EMPLOYERS

If employees are finding it necessary to take sick days when they are not ill, it
Makes sense toconclude that possibly employers either are not aware of why
Absenteeism exists or have chosen not respond to their employees ‘needs.
One thing is certain- ignoring the problem will notmake it go away.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION

Flexible scheduling is one creative way in which employers can respond to the
Needs of employees. If workers are given the opportunity for a flexibleWorking schedule, stress levels should go down and personal needs can be
Handled during the time they are off. Another solution might be to give
Employees a fixed number of days off eachyear for reasons other than illness.
This gives workers a legitimate reason for a planned absence and gives
Employers some advance notice so that absences do not hurt productivity.
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