|[February 12, 2013]
Kronos Survey Shows Most Hourly Employees Lose Pay When They Are Out Sick; Employers Ineffective at Scheduling Replacements
CHELMSFORD, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
A new survey commissioned by The
Workforce Institute™ at Kronos
Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive (News - Alert) reveals that while
the majority of hourly workers 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.
Kronos' (News - Alert) 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
"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);
"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 (News - Alert).
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/certificatio constraints.
Joyce Maroney, director of The Workforce Institute, Kronos
hourly employees for whom presence is required, calling out sick more
often times than not means they won't be getting paid. Our survey
shows that this is one of the top three considerations of hourly
employees when considering whether or not to go to work sick.
Particularly during a harsh flu season like the one we are in,
employers should encourage sick employees to stay home when they are
sick. An automated workforce management solution with mobile
capabilities can help ease the burden on employers by making it easier
and faster to find replacement workers."
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Kronos from January 24-28, 2013 among 2,474
adults ages 18 and older, among whom 604 are employed and paid an hourly
wage. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and
therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please
About The Workforce Institute
The Workforce Institute was founded by Kronos Incorporated in 2006 as a
think tank to provide research and education on critical workplace
issues facing organizations around the globe. By bringing together
thought leaders, The Workforce Institute is uniquely positioned to
empower organizations with the knowledge and information they need to
manage their workforce effectively and provide a voice for employees on
important workplace issues. A hallmark of The Workforce Institute's
research is balancing the needs and desires of diverse employee
populations with the needs of organizations. For additional information,
About Kronos Incorporated
Kronos is the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions
in the cloud. Tens of thousands of organizations in more than 100
countries - including more than half of the Fortune 1000® - use Kronos
to control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce
productivity. Learn more about Kronos industry-specific time and
attendance, scheduling, absence management, HR and payroll, hiring, and
labor analytics applications at www.kronos.com.
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