What to Do When an Employee Repeatedly Calls in Sick

Written by on 3/15/2017 2:53 AM in , , . It has 1 Comments.


Employees who abuse the system, frequently calling in sick, may leave you wishing for a few “sick days” of your own. Luckily, a few simple employee management tips can help you curb abuse.

Stop the Insanity of Repeated “Sick” Absences:

  • Sick Days + Vacation Days = PTO
    Merging sick and vacation days together into paid time off (PTO) makes sick day abusers think twice about piddling days away from their vacation.
  • Require “Live” Call-Ins.
    No voice mails, texts or emails allowed. Requiring employees seeking a “sick” day speak directly with an immediate supervisor ups the ante.
  • Be Flexible.
    This may seem counter-intuitive, but most last minute “sick” days result from personal needs and stress. A “sick-only” absenteeism policy may be shooting you in the foot. The bonus? Increased workplace flexibility reduces stress, enhances feelings of freedom, and makes staff less likely to take advantage of paid leave policies.

Still Coming Up Short in the Staffing Department?
It may be time for a little one-on-one time with your problem employee, noting excessive absences and attempting to get to the heart of the matter. There may be underlying conditions, corresponding ADA accommodations, or even schedule adjustments that remedy the situation. Bottom line: Don’t assume you know why they’re calling in until you’ve had a face-to-face sit down.

Thinking Termination?
Make sure you know the laws, including state and federal leave laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires certain employers offer staff leave for themselves or sick family members.


Don’t let ignorance of laws leave you in sticky situation. Trust in the expert employee management tips of Minnesota Comp Advisor. Contact us today.


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