Some people will always try to do their best at everything they do both at work and in their personal life.
Some will make sure they adhere to the policies and procedures of their employer.
Some people will always do all they can to do as little work as they possibly can, and in doing so will stretch policies and procedures to their limit.
Some people see sickness absence as additional days holiday that they are entitled to each year, even if they aren’t unwell.
Do those that try and do as little work as possible realise the impact their lack of application has on their colleagues?
Stretching policies and procedures to their limits, results in the policies and procedures being tightened so means the majority who haven’t abused the system, end up being penalised.
Taking sickness absence when not unwell or claiming to be more unwell or unfit for work than you actually are again impacts on your work colleagues.
What makes all these things worse, is when those concerned
- are oblivious to the impact their actions have on their colleagues;
- have no shame it openly lying about their circumstances or the severity of their illness;
- make no attempt to try and return to work;
Let’s be honest, we all know or have known people who take advantage of rules/regulations or policies/procedures. It can be very annoying for those who have not abused the system, and find themselves watching while those with much lesser need lie and stretch the rules just so they can claim all the non-working time or sickness absence they possibly can.
It’s sad when people feel they it’s ok to exaggerate the truth (i.e. lie) just so they can personally benefit. But have you noticed how it’s always these people who always feel they’ve been hard done by, and have been victimised? They are definitely not the victims
- those who have to pick up the work of those who fail to do their job are the victims.
- the victims are those who end up not getting paid leave in the future, because policies and procedures are changed because a small number of people abuse the rules.
- their work colleagues are the victims as ultimately your organisation may be unable to meet work deadlines because of absences, so they end up having to make people redundant.
If you are one of those who have abused the rules, I hope this post makes you stop and think about the impact your actions have on yourself and your organisation. Your actions can cost jobs and demotivates your colleagues.