I work for a fast-growing but small manufacturing company (2200 employees, about half hired in the last two years, average age about 30, union), in a small town in the midwest.
People beg to come work for us (we start at $12 an hour, free medical, company paid pension, etc., good for this area) but after we hire them, a big percentage (the younger ones mostly, but some older ones too) immediately begin to think of ways to avoid coming to work but still keep their jobs.
This ticks off the long-timers who have to cover for them, work more overtime, Saturdays. So we let the worst offenders go, hire some more, the cycle continues.
Assume you’re working an assembly line – the money’s good and your co-workers are congenial – but the job’s boring and your muscles ache – what would keep you from calling in sick once or twice a month?