Based on a survey conducted by the Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS), about one in four small and medium sized business has had more staff taking sick leaves than it has taken action against.
But almost 90 per cent of businesses have revealed that they would actually discipline their workers if they were legally confident in doing so.
Armed with this information ELAS has released a computer program that will help employers stay within the bounds of the law. The software, a personnel package, will not only keep a record of a workerâ€™s sick days but also alert managers when the levels of absenteeism has already become a problem. The program will then guide them through the correct disciplinary measures to take.
Company formation and business solutions experts agree that these innovative way of handling the absenteeism problem will be a boon to employers who do not know how to go about disciplining lazy staff.