I have been a supervisor for six years. Every summer and holiday season, I have observed the same trend of people being “sick” on Mondays. I can almost predict who is going to call in and when. What can I do to prevent these Monday morning “I won’t be in today” calls?
Put everyone on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule. No one will be coming in on Mondays so you won’t be getting those annoying calls. On Mondays.
— Evil Skippy
P.S. You described a pattern – a pattern of you not doing your job. If you have not already talked to your employees about their absence patterns, consider turning in your Supervisor Badge and letting someone else be the boss.
You do need to do your job and make your company’s attendance rules a real workplace practice. Re-read (or read as the case may be) your employee handbook and all of your company’s attendance policies. If you have neither, gather up all the other supervisors, some pitchforks and a torch or two and storm the H.R. manager’s office. Demand that policies be developed immediately. Someone at your company needs to set some expectations so you can enforce them. Hopefully, no storming will be required and you have guidelines.
Once you’ve studied the policies, gather all of your team for a meeting where the sole topic will be attendance. I am serious – don’t talk about the upcoming employee picnic or the endless “what does everyone have on their plate this week?” question. Read your attendance policies – every word. Point out the trend in your department of Monday calls as opposed to other days of the week. (You did check the numbers to make sure your hunch about Mondays is correct, right?) Explain your expectation that people will not be absent except for acceptable reasons and explain what you will be doing in the future to verify that people do not abuse the system. (Meet with your boss and H.R. in advance to determine what the policy and practice is supposed to be at your company – don’t develop your own rules since you need to be consistent with the rest of your workplace).
Remember that calling out sick on a Monday is not automatically a bad thing. It is a bad thing when an employee does it so much that you can predict the absence in advance because I can assure you that you do not have clairvoyant powers. If you did, you would have known what I was going to write and not bothered asking your question.
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