Carrying on from the interesting discussion which started on Terri's thread: http://www.manager-tools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2286&highlight=
I'm very intrigued.
Will's point: [quote]Someone's going to make up for the sick person's absences, why should I lean more heavily on people who are more reliable? [/quote] is what my team leader head says when I'm doing my job and covering for someone who is sick.
However, the I think the UK culture is that people get sick, and we should pull together to cover for them.. for there but for the grace of God! We don't hold sickness cover as a benefit, it's a right - although an improvement on the minimum state provision is a benefit.
You're also unlikely to be able to sack someone just for being sick.
Are these two very opposing attitudes the only ones towards sickness absence, or are there some middle grounds practiced anywhere else?