Libby Purves writes in the Times today - which is apparently National Sickie Day. So before I dash for the train, let me tell you about a very simple bonus system we use for staff below foreman / supervisor level.
Every December they get a bonus of up to 8% of their annual earnings, including overtime, but only if they've had zero days sickness absence over the year. For every day's absence, the bonus is reduced by 1%. Their sickness levels are at about 2.5 days overall, compared with 12 days for NHS staff and 10 days for plods.
OK, our scheme is tough for anyone who breaks a bone, or who has cancer, but it works, and our overall paybill is still lower than our competitors.