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Employees who fake illness

Yes there are those employees who fake illness and some do it way more often than others. I was always alarmed at the lengths some employees would go to to stay away from work. The feeling by most of these slackers was that they were entitled to the generous sick days they were granted a year. The company I worked for had some of the best vacation, sick leave and family leave policies in the country and many employees saw this as a gift or a perk rather than insurance for illness or a family emergency.

The good thing is that most employees are responsible and ethical and the bad ones are in the minority but they cause a mountain of problems, costing the company millions of dollars. I have seen this from the point of view of an employee, a Union leader and management as I have held all those roles at one point in time. In many cases management was unable take any action or resolve the problem. After all, it was not difficult for an employee to get a medical certificate from a willing doctor if required.

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allen0187 wrote on March 27, 2015, 11:21 PM

I see this a lot in my current work. It is sad that employees abuse this and those hard working employees who stick by the rules often have to shoulder the extra work load. I've seen our compnay let go of these crooked employees.

ScarletRose wrote on March 27, 2015, 11:35 PM

Because in my company they are all in unions it is more difficult to get rid of them

FourWalls wrote on March 27, 2015, 11:46 PM

There were a lot of people who did that when I worked at the post office. They were easy to spot, too: they would ALWAYS "call in sick" right before or after a weekend. As the post office rules allowed someone to be off three days without a doctor's statement, these people turned their two-day weekend into a five-day weekend. (It was worse when we had three-day weekends, then they'd turn it into a six-day weekend.) Sadly, the people who were legitimately sick had to pay for the people faking it.

ScarletRose wrote on March 29, 2015, 12:49 AM

That is exactly what happens, the innocent pays for the guilty always

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 14, 2015, 12:59 PM

My husband tells me on a regular basis how there is one particular employee at his job that is always calling out sick (and he and others really wonder if the person is lying ).

VinceSummers wrote on June 24, 2017, 7:07 AM

This sort of person exhibits poor qualities in other areas of life also. The best thing we can do is to avoid their company.