Companies focus on preventive measures, employee well-being to manage sick leave effectively

01 Nov 2023 12:54pm
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SHAH ALAM - In today's modern workplaces, companies are shifting their focus from disciplinary measures to preventive measures and employee well-being when managing sick leave.

This is because employers are recognising that promoting good attendance among employees is more effective when paired with internal incentives.

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Perlis Senior Lecturer (Human Resource) Dr Muhammad Aiman Bin Arifin said that companies often start by offering employees motivation or counselling sessions before issuing a warning letter.

"These sessions are considered critical as they provide employees with an opportunity to address any underlying issues that may be affecting their attendance.

"Understanding the human aspect of these matters can be challenging, making such sessions invaluable," he said.

Companies are also exploring alternative incentives and measures to avoid high costs associated with employee turnover.

Some businesses establish weekly programmes that encourage regular attendance and focus on employee well-being, including mental health.

"These programmes aim to create a positive workplace atmosphere and promote employee satisfaction," he said.

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Mental health programmes have gained significance, as organisations realise the importance of addressing psychological well-being.

"Companies are recognising that employees who are mentally and physically healthy are more likely to be productive and engaged at work," he said.

HR specialist Usha Devi Arumugam agrees that companies should focus on preventive measures and employee well-being when managing sick leave.

"Giving warning without understanding is not the right thing to do," she said.

She also stresses the need to encourage employees to rest when they are granted sick leave.

"Giving incentives in this area is counterproductive.

"Do you want sick employees to be working?

"These employees are already unwell, and they are not fully productive.

"What they need is rest rather than enticement to be working," she said.

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