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Kronos Survey Shows Most Hourly Employees Lose Pay When They Are Out Sick; Employers Ineffective at Scheduling Replacements

February 19th, 2013 at 9:41 am

tired young businesswoman with laptop in the officeCHELMSFORD, Mass., Feb. 12, 2013 — A new survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute™ at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive reveals that while the majority of hourly employees are not paid for time they spend out sick, they often opt to stay home to, among other things, protect their co-workers from getting sick.

News Facts

  • Kronos’ 2013 Sick at Work survey showed that a majority of hourly employees – 53 percent – are not paid when they are out sick.
  • Thirty-three percent of hourly employees said their employer discourages them from coming into work when they are sick, while 17 percent said their boss expected them to drag themselves into work no matter how sick they are.
  • When faced with the decision of whether to stay home or go to work when they are sick, the top three factors that hourly employees considered were:
    • “I don’t want to pass my sickness onto my co-workers” (54 percent);
    • “My health comes first – I stay home when I am sick” (49 percent); and
    • “If I don’t report to work, I don’t get paid” (39 percent).
  • Thirty-eight percent of hourly workers said they feel grateful to co-workers who stay home when they are sick, 33 percent say it has no impact on them, and 21 percent say they are stressed because it means they have more to do.
  • When a manager is faced with hourly employees calling in sick, the next step is often to find a replacement worker. In terms of how this communication occurs, 70 percent of hourly workers are contacted by phone, 19 percent by text message, 13 percent by email, and just two percent via social media such as Facebook or Twitter.
  • Calling employees to find a replacement is a time-consuming and inefficient way of solving the problem. By automating workforce management processes with Kronos, organizations can take advantage of mobile solutions that enable an employer to send text messages to multiple employees at one time about an open shift – anywhere, anytime, and all with the click of a button. Organizations can configure the solution to take into consideration issues around union rules, overtime, and skill/certification constraints.

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