Last night I was yet again discussing aspects of red tape and abuse that helps kill job growth, creates inefficiency, etc. One example was mentioned that 'Public Sector Employee X' just returned to work. X had an affair with a married person, claimed depression and stress because that person did not wind up leaving the spouse, got a doctor's note and took 4 months leave of absence of 'sick time' given the person's alleged doldrums, and now has returned trying to get others to do X's work and, failing that, has the union on speed dial to complain and/or claim it's causing 'stress' etc...rinse, wash, repeat.
We've all seen this kind of tripe ourselves, and I frequently get questioned by American interested investors about these kinds of abuses. Excessive sick leave and abuse should be a cause for concern, e.g.,
Recession 'leads to rise in stress and sick days' - Health News - NHS Choices
Two months of sick leave for one in 10 civil servants - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
BBC News - Northern Ireland civil service misses sick level target
I'm certainly not against taking days off for legitimate health related reasons, e.g., you have the flu, but IMO the system is currently rank with abuse with contrived excuses by lazy employees, resistance to accept obvious or reasonably foreseeable conditions and expectations of the job at issue, etc. Abuse also wastes (actually steals IMO) taxpayers' money, creates inefficiency by thinning any necessary staff and overloading others with their workload, etc. What are your thoughts on how sick time ought to be addressed and balanced for legitimacy and abuse, efficiency over inefficiency, etc?