Best for NYC: Best Practices

by Don Friedman on September 17, 2015

In the context of the Best for NYC Challenge, I mentioned a few days ago the idea of incrementally improving our company rather than making drastic changes. One simple change that we made: we stopped counting sick days. Doing so means that management and employees have to trust one another. We trust that if someone calls in sick then they are sick and need the time off; our employees trust that we will keep our word and allow them to take sick days when they need them. So far – for eight years now –  it’s worked great. Our employees are responsible adults and call in sick if they are sick and the number of days lost to illness is about average for a company our size. I can see nothing that be gained by counting sick days but distrust.

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