March 19th, 2008

Rewarding Health

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

With sickness being so rife around these parts at the moment I wondered how many people on the shift never went sick.

I’ve not had a day’s sickness in nearly 4 years hence I’ve not been sick since I started in the control room.

I did a straw poll & found there were 3 people who had never had a day’s sick leave. I was surprised it was so many, to be honest. They are all civilian support staff, one has over 10 years’ service, one has 6 and the third has just under 2 years.

I asked them what recognition they’d received for this, not insubstantial dedication to duty.

None. Nada. Nothing. Bugger-all. Not even a word of thanks, neither a letter from a manager or supervisor to add to their portfolio.

Apparently someone had suggested that people who didn’t go sick might be rewarded by maybe a gift token or 1/2 a day’s extra leave or even a certificate, something to recognise the achievement. The official line was that this was not possible because some people complained that it would discriminate against those who were genuinely sick. Incredible.

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4 comments

  1. annette says:

    No, no-one ever gets a thanks for not going sick. It’s the way it is, your not on your own with this one.

    March 19th, 2008 at 21:18

  2. bill says:

    Once, whilst working in the U.K., I took a sick-day.

    I felt guilty, I knew that the Company I was working for was under pressure, so made the decision to work the following day, even though I felt like shit.

    The response was….

    “You couldn’t have been ill, if you could recover in one day…”

    March 19th, 2008 at 23:20

  3. Stan Still says:

    My force have a scheme called “Always There”.

    Have a sick free year – £60 voucher or a day off or some other bits and bobs.

    Two years – voucher and two days leave.

    At five years – lots of time off and a nice certificate.

    Sickness in our force is one of the lowest in the country,

    Doesn’t stop some wasting malingerers from stroking though!

    March 19th, 2008 at 23:50

  4. pcR says:

    We get a little tie-badge if we do a year without throwing a sickie.
    You’re not allowed to wear it, obviously.

    March 24th, 2008 at 20:03

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