How to Handle a Sick Employee
Employers are allowed to send home employees who show up at work sick. Having said that, recognize there may be reasons why employees are showing up sick that might include:
- Not wanting to use sick or paid-time-off leave
- Not being able to afford the lost wages due to illness
- Fear that the workload will become overwhelming if work is missed
- Fear of disappointing the boss
Reassure employees that you want them to take time to recover, and that you will help to ensure their work gets done. Remind them that sick leave is offered so they can stay home when they are sick. And if they are worried about lost wages, try to identify ways for them to make up the time once they return to health.
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