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Pubes are fully sick …

By Ari - 11 December 2007 19

… according to the latest figures from the Public Service Commission.

Apart from wasting staggering amounts of time posting on the-RiotACT, our public servants are at the top of the league table for taking sickies.

And the worst offenders are the ATO, DVA and the ABS, with their staff taking a median of 14 to 17 days off each year.

Perhaps the after-effects of too much coffee?

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19 Responses to
Pubes are fully sick …
platypuspye 8:00 am 13 Dec 07

I think you will find that the private sector don’t tolerate sickies to the degree that the public sector do. In the UK the public has the highest level of sickies be that the policy makers or local government. Our department has introduced polices whereby you hit 8 days – and unless there is good reason for it ie heart attack etc you get disciplined, you reach that point again within 6 months of the warning you get a written warning and so on. It has been effective – shall we say.

Sounds like it’s time for the APS to tackle this issue.

sepi 12:11 pm 12 Dec 07

I think the work at those workplaces is dullish, and long term stuff. So people are less likely to have to struggle in while ill, to meet a deadline.

That said, the ATO used to have unlimited carer’s leave (needed a medical cert, but no limit to the days). It was rorted by a very small number of people, who took enormous amounts of it, so now carer’s leave is rstricted to 5 days a year.

Dagget 10:32 am 12 Dec 07

Maybe the working conditions at those ” worst offender” work places are an issue ?
I myself have used more ” personal ” leave in the last 12 months than I have in the previous 5 years since changing departments and not being happy …..
Hence the pending move ….

toriness 9:31 am 12 Dec 07

and whoops that was obviously 7 workers – yes indeed a long time since i was in high school 🙂

toriness 9:30 am 12 Dec 07

it’s been a while since i did maths in high school but i never saw the point of using the median – isn’t it quite misleading?

for example, 5 workers who take the following number of leave days each year:
1,2,4,14,14,14,15

the median of this set is 14 which looks shocking but the average is just over 9. so the median always seems meaningless to me because you don’t know how high the figures range over and below it.

Vic Bitterman 9:54 pm 11 Dec 07

The mob I work for has personal leave targets included in the agency agreement : including those on AWA’s.

If the whole organisation averages more personal leave than whatever the target is, that’s a half a percent less payrise for all!

I think the target is 14 days per person, and everyone gets 20 days personal leave per year.

groonsnout 7:21 pm 11 Dec 07

pubes with poor work ethics? just showing up to work their 7.5 hours a day and get paid? this is a headline in itself..

Pandy 5:13 pm 11 Dec 07

20% per day on Monday and Friday.

That means 20% on Tuesday
20% on Wednesday
20% on Thursday.

= 100%

Yep. Definitely showing Mondayitis.

Ari 3:27 pm 11 Dec 07

It’s also the median figure, meaning a lot of workers are taking off much more than that.

Sammy 3:24 pm 11 Dec 07

Wow, that is a staggeringly high figure. That is one sick day every 3-4 weeks. I’ve barely taken 3-4 sick days in the last year.

Spitfire3 3:19 pm 11 Dec 07

It gets oh so much worse: 40% of all sick days that are taken in a standard working week happen on a monday or friday. 40%!!! This is obviously rorting and all sick leave must be immediately abolished.

Crikey 2:02 pm 11 Dec 07

These figurers aren’t only sick days…they include personal leave, including bereavement leave, carers leave etc. Another media beat up!

toriness 1:46 pm 11 Dec 07

i’d be interested to see some statistics on private sector sickie rates.

Kramer 12:57 pm 11 Dec 07

Most departments have a max of 10 days sick leave (mine is 8 days) a year without a medical certificate, so these people would have to be fronting up to the doctor sometime with a legitimate sickie.

I would be interested to see a breakdown of sick leave days with & without medical cert, also sick leave against days of the week (I bet Monday & Friday are higher 🙂

Kramer 12:52 pm 11 Dec 07

Wow! That’s heaps!! Is this just personal sick leave? Over the last year (which was a bad one for me) I took 7 personal sick days, and 5 days carers leave (my wife and I share the carers leave between us for the two kidlets).

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