Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Royal Mail rewards healthy workers with cars and holidays

The BBC reports (in an on-line article) that the Royal Mail is rewarding postal workers with new cars and vacations if they do not take any sick leave. According to the BBC, 37 workers have won a new car, 70 have gained £2,000 (approximately $3800) worth of holiday vouchers, and 90,000 have secured £150 worth. Staff who went six months without a day off sick were entered in a prize drawing.

"We must both support and reward postmen and women. They deserve it," said Royal Mail group director for people Tony McCarthy.

He added that the latest figures show that the organisation's performance is the best in almost a decade, with 91.9% of first class letters delivered the working day after posting.

"This package of practical support and `thank-yous' has made a big difference," added Mr McCarthy. The Royal Mail found sickness absence levels averaged 5.7%, compared with 6.7% for the same period a year earlier.
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posted by Don Schilling at 7:58 PM