Comment 87886

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted April 17, 2013 at 16:01:35

Employee engagement seems to be a big issue for City employees, and I certainly see the need for a robust performance management regime, but I just don't get how sick days fit into this discussion. Like you said, "it's very important not to confuse attendance with productivity," and when I read that ONA lodges have the highest level of sick days, I think "Good! Nurses are the last people I want showing up to work sick, and I'd want them to err on the side of caution."

So why even focus on attendance? I understand your argument that it's the symptom, but by zeroing in on absenteeism, creating an infographic and all, I think it overstates the importance of absenteeism as a metric at all--like using GDP to infer quality of life, when GDP gains could come from anything, including treating cancer, or the product of environmental degradation.

I just get very concerned when defenders of the public purse start looking at employee benefits and entitlements as the way to close productivity gaps created by poor management, poor leadership, and poor morale. I don't see how any of those things can be solved by cracking down on front-line workers.

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