Aussie Sickie Case Study

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INTRODUCTION The “Great Australian Sickie” is costing employers a fortune. Sickie in the (Urban Dictionary, 2014) is “taking time off work under the false pretence that you are sick”, but in reality you would rather stay home than go to work. According to Paul Dundon from the Direct Health Solutions estimates that ‘Sickie’ is costing Australian business up to $30 billion per year or $385 per day per employee. Dundon also states that Australians are currently clocking up an average of 9.4 days per year. (Management foundations and applications, 2014). The Aussie ‘sickie’ has become an acceptable part of our culture and seems to be getting worse considering sickie as their entitlement. While, it could no doubt be argued that there are certain downsides to several organizations operating style, it is evident that there substantial problems that need to be addressed. From a management point of view, one of the major management problem for these businesses is the lack of organizational structure within the organization. Sickie has a significant impact on organizational structure due to the financial costs and decrease of productivity that it entails. An absence of organizational structure exposes many businesses to numerous risks that it will be in a weaker position to respond to future changes in the changing environment. There are many different opinions and definitions on organizational structure. Structure in one sense is the arrangement of duties used for the work to be done. (Thompson, 1967) said that structure "is the internal differentiation and patterning of relationships." He referred to structure as the means by which the organization sets limits and boundaries for efficient performance by its members, by delimiting respons... ... middle of paper ... ...isors included in overseeing a representative or division. A clash between divisions is diminished with an even authoritative structure and collaboration increments when everybody needs the aid of others to succeed. Fewer layers of management permits your copartners to work with more stupendous adaptability which prompts fewer clashes and expanded viability for everybody Conclusion It is clear that organsational structure forms an important element of any successful organisation. By implementing an organsiatioanl structure process within their organisation, business will ensure that their organisations direction and goals to decrease sickies have been clearly enunciated, and the company has a vision for the future. It is important that business act immediately to implement these recommendations, in order to decrease the number of employees taking sickies in a year.

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