My deep cover agent in the West Mids Police (thanks Karl… 😉 ) tells me people have begun to receive nice letters from those nice people in HR informing them that their sickness levels are poor and they are being ‘monitored’…
He sent his back with a note along the lines of, “since I haven’t had a day off in 8-years you are having a Steffi-Graff…”
He has not received anything back yet… (HR don’t do sorry…).
I suspect we will see more of this kind of bullying in the workplace-and that’s what it is, bullying.
In my experience, the ‘bosses’ and HR are VERY careful as to whom they bully though.
It’s usually IC1, hetro, males or females.
Very rare that ‘target group’ is avoided-we all know why…it’s career suicide to pick on a minority… even if they are crap and behave unlawfully. This is because, once that grievance goes in-it’s on their file and they don’t like going to promotion boards and saying the words: “yes, we had a personality clash’ or ‘that was an error of judgement’…They much prefer, ‘I have not been grievanced for any decisions I have made because I am so nice…’ .
The bullying about sick leave is, of course, to keep you at work…even if you are not well enough to be at work.
Of course, if you err…say, crashed a car on nights because you came to work with the ‘flu and your Night Nurse meds made you sleepy- you would be on your own.
They would distance themselves from you so fast you would hear the sonic boom.
So why are they so interested in sickness levels all of a sudden it seems?
Well, when you spill your guts on national TV to the effect that the force is performing BETTER now with a 20% cut, people being off and not working is just not on eh Chiefy?
Apparently, if you have more than 3-periods of illness or sick leave in a 12-month period, HR tell you that you need a doctors note for every period of sickness!
Also… you face being put on to Unsatisfactory Performance Plans!
The future’s bright…