The costs involved in Sick Leave

The costs involved in Sick Leave

The costs involved in sickleave cannot just be expressed in dollars. Just think of the organizational stress and loss of productivity whenever an employee calls in sick, or the burden put on a co-worker that has to work overtime.

It’s more than just the money.

Calculating the exact costs involved in Sick Leave is a complicated matter. More than just the loss of salary of the employee who has called in sick, there are several consequences that cannot be put into figures that easily.

Sick days delay work, causing projects to fall behind schedule. They create stress for other workers, who must make up for lost productivity. And, because other people need to put in overtime to make up for the time lost, they add to overtime bills.

On the other hand, some workers don’t receive sick pay. They may may feel they cannot afford to stay at home when they are sick and might come to work. People coming to work that are obviously sick may worsen the situation. They might contaminate co-workers, leading to increased sick leave and costs.

What are your numbers?

Any analysis of the costs involved with sick leave starts of course with a careful registration of employees calling in sick on a day to day basis. Especially for bigger companies this in itself will prove to be a challenging task, as human resource managers usually have a lot more on their plate than just monitoring sick leave. 

By contracting Medwork as your Occupational Health service you will have unlimited acces to data generated by our custom made software program called SiLA (Sick Leave Administration program). Not only will you receive daily reports on consults performed that day, you will also receive monthly overviews of your overall sick leave numbers. At the push of a button, at any time we are able to perform an in depth analysis of your company’s sick leave numbers, trends and risks. Your own dedicated company doctor will help you understand the graphs and numbers produced by our software system and pro-actively advise you whenever there is a sudden change in numbers or trend. 

The only thing your human resource management department needs to do is report the employees that have called in sick and leave the rest up to us.

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