Monday 3rd February is ‘National Sickie Day’ in the UK, the day when historically businesses have suffered the most as a result of employees taking a sick day.
The festive season is well and truly over and the next public holiday seems a long way off, the weather is still fairly miserable and it's usually dark when you leave the house and dark when you get home. Not to mention the credit cards bills that need paid after the Christmas spending spree. For many the first Monday in February is just too much so excuses are made and the day is taken off work.
Of course it may be that some employees really are unwell as it is also that time of year when germs are still doing the rounds.
Whether it is legitimate or not doesn’t really matter, the question businesses managers need to ask themselves is “could I cope with a significantly reduced workforce?” and “would my business still be able to function even if I had fewer employees to carry out the work?”
Here are some things to consider:
- Can you identify the senior management team required to ensure an adequate response?
- Can you identify the key roles that need to be filled to ensure the organization remains functional?
- Is there a succession plan so that these key roles can be filled by suitable individuals? Do your employees have transferable skills?
If you are unable to answer these questions, or the answer to them is 'no', then perhaps you need to give greater thought to your business continuity plan.