FOR the next 30 days beginning today, workplaces nationwide may record an increase in employees who skip work, show up late or are sleepy at work.
The World Cup 2006 ‘fever’ is set to keep diehard fans up till the wee hours of the morning to watch their favourite teams battle it out against each other for the coveted trophy.
Federation of Malaysian Manufac-turers (FMM) northern branch chairman Datuk O.K. Lee said that although it did not cause an alarm to emplo-yers during previous World Cup events, there could be slight impact on general operations in most companies.
“So far, our members have not complained of employees being less productive after watching live telecasts of World Cup matches past their bedtime.
“Football fans should take early naps to stay up for the late matches.
“They must adjust their sleep- ing hours so that it does not affect their health and work,” he said in Penang.
Lee added that he was more concerned with occupational accidents, especially those involving skilled labour, as tiredness and lack of sleep were among the contributing factors.
Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Datuk Dr Teoh Siang Chin said there should be greater trust between employers and emplo-yees when handling absenteeism at work.
“Doctors are always careful when issuing medical certificates to patients who are unfit to work. They always use their professional assessment before issuing these certificates.
“The onus should be on employers to advise their employees to be more responsible in their work,” he said.
Dr Teoh said in some developed nations, companies did not require their employees to produce medical certificates when they were unfit for work.
“These companies rely on self-assessment reports prepared by their employees based on word of trust,” he said.
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