To: Trust but Verify
My s-i-l manages a group of service reps who make 50K/year have the best benefit package available anywhere, and can't manage to get to work on time, if at all.
Have you managed to get them to leave work on time, or to stay home on weekends?
Professional workers are usually measured on output; assembly line workers are measured on the clock, and we unfortunately do not have many of those left. The sick day problems I usually run into are on the opposite extreme; I can't get highly competitive workers to take sick days or vacation days. We have to keep encouraging people to consume their vacation time, or simply take off when they are sick. Someone sitting at their desk with a head cold is not going to produce the kind of quality you want. It is often better to get them recharged and rested for the next big push.
You cannot believe the abuse of sick pay and FMLA.
Perhaps I am just a bit old fashioned, but wouldn't pregnancy be sort of an obvious condition. What are they doing; going on leave without filing for insurance coverage? It sounds like your gripe would be better addressed by changing FMLA then by going after employee medical records.
Competition and reward is the best way to fix all of these problems. If you can't get that past your union, then it doesn't much matter whether you have the worker's body physically there or not.
posted on 05/11/2005 5:59:38 AM PDT
(Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
They have INCENTIVES to get them to show up, and they still don't show up. This is how ridiculous it has gotten: If everyone gets there, on time, and STAYS THE WHOLE DAY, for 1 week, they get to have a pizza party or catered lunch or something. That's BS. Their reward for showing up is a PAYCHECK and an unrivaled benefits package.
They have people who LIE about relatives dying to get paid funeral days. They get a quack to write an order for FMLA for some a back problem, but then are seen at clubs, dancing and drinking.
posted on 05/11/2005 6:06:28 AM PDT
by Trust but Verify
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