How to Manage When Employees are Out Sick
Sick days and lost productivity can be especially tough on small businesses since there aren’t as many employees to pick up the slack when workers are out sick. In addition to direct costs, there are indirect costs, which include reduced staff morale, increased stress and dissatisfied customers.
A clear written policy that addresses employee absences because of illness reduces workers’ concerns about unfairness and protects employers. It also should outline notification procedures.
Having employees stay home from work is a mixed bag. Sure, you don’t want people to take advantage of sick days but you also don’t want them to infect the entire office. So how do you strike a balance?
The U.S. Occupational and Safety Administration has tips for employers and managers looking to protect themselves and others from the flu.