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ERIC Number: ED084646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Methods of Reducing Sick Leave Abuse. An ERS Information Aid.
Stemnock, Suzanne K.
A perennial concern to educational administrators is the abuse of sick leave by school employees. Numerous suggestions have been offered for reducing the abuse of sick leave both within education and industry. This publication reviews 12 research studies that evaluate plans for reducing sick leave abuse among various categories of employees. Also reviewed are three unevaluated plans. Paid sick leave serves to relieve any possible economic burden on a professional employee who is ill, protect school children from the necessity of being exposed to a teacher with an illness which might be communicated to them, and obviate the problem of teachers performing at a low level of proficiency by reason of an incapacitating illness. However, there are occasions on which healthy employees take leave of their duties for other than reasons of sickness--but attribute their absences to personal illness. According to a review of the literature, at least two categories of plans have been devised to prevent such misuses of sick leave provisions: (1) the offering of rewards or bonuses for not using sick leave, and (2) the elimination of psychological and medical reasons for sick leave abuse. Studies pertaining to these categories are described herein, as well as methods that attempt to eliminate the reasons for sick leave abuse. (Author)
Descriptors: Attendance, Clerical Workers, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Schools, Information Dissemination, Leaves of Absence, Literature Reviews, Military Personnel, Nonprofessional Personnel, Problems, Rewards, School Personnel, Secondary Schools, Teachers
Educational Research Service, Inc., 1815 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 ($2.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.