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Leave without notice serious issue: Hazelman

Leave without notice serious issue: Hazelman
Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation chief executive officer Nesbitt Hazelman
October 07
14:08 2018

Leave without notice in any organisation is becoming a serious concern in Fiji.

This was highlighted by the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federa­tion chief executive officer Nesbitt Hazelman while presenting at the 2018 Fiji Australia Business Fo­rum, Partners and Solutions for Business at the Fiji Marriott Re­sort Momi Bay on Friday.

Mr Hazelman said: “Leave with­out notice is a big issue in this country, people just decide not to come to work and not tell anyone about it especially when there is a sick leave bonus at the end of the year when you don’t take your sick leave.

“There were over 19 key employ­ers within the manufacturing sec­tor employing just over 5000 work­ers.

“We found absenteeism sitting at four per cent, this was just over a month so 260 people were absent in a month.

“We had 540 people strolling in late for work, that represents about 10 per cent, then you have seven per cent of production in a month is lost through sick leave, annual leave, bereavement leave and leave without notice.

“Staff turnover, about 11 per cent of 594 in a year, those terminated about two per cent, 10 per cent leave without notice.”

He said it was core that tertiary institutions in the country includ­ing the higher level education, teach certain skills to their stu­dents.

“These are some of the skills that I would like to see inculcated in our tertiary and higher education to get people ready for work when they come to an employer, lead­ership learning skills, academic competence, strong work value that talks about productivity itself and work values,” he said.

He added Fiji was a well-educated nation, where 90 per cent of the population had achieved some of form of formal education.

“Every Fijian needs to under­stand the meaning of productivity and not only how it benefits them and their families but benefits the nation at large,” he said.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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