Andy McDandy wrote:
To be fair...
Yes, there are some people who play the system for all it's worth. I'm dealing with one right now.
In March, he applied for a month's special leave to go on holiday. This was turned downm but he went anyway - although not before twisting (twisting, not breaking or spraining) his ankle playing football and taking 2 weeks off work sick. The sickness leading neatly up to his requested (and denied) holiday period. Then he went off, and called at the beginning of May asking if he could extend his leave to 6 months. When told this was not possible, and that as he had taken more than 9 days off sick in a rolling year, he had to go to Occupational Health.
They diagnosed him with depression, and anxiety about returning to work. They recommended that he return to the same site (best for him, no disruption), but was kept away from his immediate superiors, who it was claimed were 'nagging' him to do things. No I know the people in question, and the only time they 'nag' is when the fucking job isn't being done properly or at all. Nothing he was asked to do was outside the remit of his job description (library assistant). Still, he was told that we would accommodate all his requests as we didn't want to lose an employee (mainly because there's a recruitment freeze, and if we were to recruit, the process costs approx. £2,500 a time. He was told to call in by 10.00 on any day he could not get to work, and to produce a doctor's note if off work for more than 7 days at a stretch. That was the beginning of June.
Since then he has worked one morning, and his colleagues and site manager, and group manager (me) and our heads of department and directorate are heartily sick of him. Even his doctor can find nothing wrong with him. He even says that he just needs to 'pull himself together' and hates being such a slacker. Of course, he knows that if he does start turning up to work regularly or semi-regularly, he's up for disciplinary on 3 grounds (absenteeism, performance, failure to follow staff rules) and may well be instantly dismissed. But if he remains on the sick, he's on full pay for 6 months.
While the examples in the article sound somewhat extreme, there are people in the public sector who are frankly taking the piss. Of course though, the purpose of the article is to demonise us all (including contractors like myself, who either work or don't get paid), making the cuts easier for the mob to live with. Thankfully, comments seem to be a mixed bag.
That sounds quite similar to some things that happen where I work. Regretably, much of it is supported by the Union.