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ATO proposes controversial plan to cut sickies

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HC Online | 18 May 2015, 09:18 AM Agree 0
The ATO has proposed a new method of lowering its unscheduled absence rates – giving workers ‘friendly reminders’ of their recent absences on a regular basis.
  • Union Found wanting on Productivity issues in APS | 18 May 2015, 10:36 AM Agree 0
    The union is out of touch with reality. APS sick leave is typically orders of magnitude different to private sector. Does this mean that the APS employees are more likely to be ill more often than private sector counter-parts? The union has gone into "entitlement protection" mode which does not help address the public's perception of the APS as a protected species.

    Having said that, emails alone will not address the underlying issues which needs face to face check-in after each absence. This means engaging with your absent direct and asking "Are you okay to come back to work?" as well as leaders taking some accountability for the high levels of absenteeism in their team. Why is the absenteeism higher in one area over another?
  • Michael | 18 May 2015, 03:35 PM Agree 0
    Money would be better spent trying to understand the reasons why absences are high. Absenteeism is symptomatic of underlying systemic issues.
  • mick | 18 May 2015, 08:18 PM Agree 0
    Sick pay is for sick people any thing else is poor management and perhaps fraud .
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