Managing absence in the heatwave: throwing 'sickies' in the sunshine

By Karen Fletcher

In the current heatwave, employers need to consider their strategy for keeping control of employee absences during the hot weather as employees make the most of the sun. 

With Britain currently basking in a heatwave, our streets seem busier than ever with people out and about enjoying the sun. Given the sheer numbers of people pictured in the media recently on our beaches, it seems quite likely that a number of these have ‘pulled a sickie’ to make the most of the hot weather while it lasts.

In order to manage employee absences effectively, employers need to communicate with all their employees to set out clearly what is and is not acceptable behaviour. It may now be an opportune time to remind staff about the formal process for requesting holiday, reporting sickness and the disciplinary policy applicable when it comes to dealing with those who take ‘unofficial’ time off…

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