What can employers do?
Every employer has their own policy when it comes to sick days and time off however most will have well documented procedures set out in their employee handbook around reporting sick leave and absences.1. Relax the dress code
In the business of car sales, it's not always possible to relax dress codes but perhaps a balance could be struck and suit jackets can be abandoned in these sweltering conditions.
2. Make the workplace as pleasant as possible
Under Irish legislation, no maximum temperature for a workplace is set out however an employer does have a general duty under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act,
to ensure the safety, health and welfare of all employees.
Ensuring that your showroom is air conditioned and allowing for regular drink breaks will help keep staff comfortable and motivated.3. Consider flexible working
You might consider extended lunch breaks, free ice cream or an early finish, providing targets are met.4. Simply follow standard procedure
The employee should directly notify their line manager as soon as possible to explain the reason and expected length of absence.5. Return to work interviews
On their return, employees should be interviewed before completing a self-certification form. If you feel it necessary, you can investigate further.