Dealing with employees feigning sickness

Disability and sickness are among the many common reasons why employees take a day or two off from work. Because sick leaves may generally affect your bottom line, you want these types of absences to be as reasonable and justifiable as possible. However, some employees aren’t as professional as they should be in reporting their absences, and may even resort to feigning a medical condition just to get their leaves approved.

As an employer/manager, it is your duty to take care of the company’s wellness by guarding against fake medical conditions. You can do this by making it your company’s policy to present evidence of illness every time an employee is off-work due to sickness for a long period of time. You may also demand an explanation whenever the worker fails to adhere with the company’s sick policy.

Scientific medical examinations, such as a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), can also be helpful in objectively assessing the legitimacy of an employee’s injury. At WorkSTEPS, we offer you comprehensive functional tests to ensure productivity while maintaining safety and health in workplace. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about FCEs today.

Comments

  1. Kyler Brown says:

    I can see how an employee who is often sick could put an employer in a tough spot. I liked the tip to make a company policy to present evidence of illness every time an employee is off-work due to sickness for a long period of time. I’ve noticed that usually people won’t get offended as long as you are honest with them, and approach them in a genuine manner. Thanks for sharing this.

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