Health & Safety Chaos
So you’ve read in my diary that we’ve got a problem with accidents and sick leave.
This is mostly in our retail network but also in our distribution warehouse too.
The accidents seem to be silly things that could easily be avoided. Over the course of 2 weeks we had 3 people burn themselves while steaming stock, 1 person strain their back lifting stock bags, 2 people get cut when picking trolleys rammed into them and 1 person had a mannequin fall on their head.
With the sick leave we’ve had an increase of people calling in sick – just over twice as many in May and June than in March and April. Most of them still have 1 or 2 days paid sick leave left, but even once they’ve used it up and we’ve told them that any further sick leave will be unpaid, they still keep calling in sick. Mostly it’s just for 1 or 2 days then they come back to work. It’s not always on Mondays either – during the week too. It’s really hard for us to cover in the retail stores at short notice when people call in sick, and in the warehouse it can mean delays in getting stock out.
Any ideas on how we stop people having accidents and also reduce our sick leave? Our managers are open to strange and unusual ideas so please feel free to share anything that you know of even if it’s unusual!
Post your advice as a comment below. In the October issue of the HumanResources magazine we’ll publish the best answers and see what Flora does.