Excerpt from Vanessa's Book: 101 Costly HR Mistakes...and How to Fix Them!
Colleen was the Housekeeper at a nursing facility. She made a habit of telling her coworkers, and almost anyone else who would listen, that she despised her job;and she was only working there because her husband was out of work.
One day, Colleen approached her manager and indicated that she slipped while mopping and hurt her arm. There were no witnesses, however, due to the alleged injury, Colleen stated she had to have surgery. She was placed on workers compensation.
Every summer, like clockwork, Colleen would tell her boss that she had to rest her arm and it could take 2 – 3 months for her to be ready to work again. The facility would approve her for workers compensation payments to cover her time off work. This went on repeatedly for several years.
Is there anything the employer could have done to not incur that cost?
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