The increasing absenteeism due to illness is becoming increasingly apparent in the workplace. There are occupancy problems and in some cases there is a threat of shops closing or canceling appointments. In the meantime, the workload is mounting for those who are still in the workplace, employers tell the NOS.
It is an accumulation of problems: the corona infection wave, long waiting times for a test at the GGDs and quarantine obligation for housemates of an infected person. All this on top of the existing large staff shortage.
“Plans are being changed. There is more pressure on the available employees,” says Claudia Reiner, director of installation company Caris & Reiner and vice-chairman of Techniek Nederland. “Appointments are postponed. A mechanic who has a full day schedule cannot do any more jobs.”
A leaking gutter, frozen water pipes: delaying appointments can have serious consequences, Reiner says. “Faults really can’t wait. And at the end of the year it is often already extra busy. That work pressure is only increasing now. We have to be creative and reduce risks, for example by working in smaller shifts.”
Crucial sectors such as health care and childcare have been struggling with major staff shortages for some time. Treatments are postponed in hospitals, while branches in childcare have to close. The pressure is also palpable in the shopping street.
For example, retail chain C&A says it is mainly concerned about the psychological health of colleagues. “Their flexibility is put to the test when they are asked to work extra at the last minute. We also regularly ask our employees to help out in other branches.”