OCBC Bank's Stay Healthy incentive scheme offends some employees

September 18, 2015 11:16
OCBC Bank gives out HK$400 coupons to employees who haven't taken sick leaves for the entire year. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Singapore’s OCBC Bank has launched a Stay Healthy Program at its Hong Kong branch, rewarding gift coupons worth as much as HK$400 to employees with full work attendance for the entire year.

However, the incentive scheme has caused annoyance, if not resentment, in the bank, with some workers viewing it as a way to encourage staff to work even if they are not feeling well, Apple Daily reported on Friday.

In an email sent to all the bank's employees, the human resources department said those who haven't taken any sick leave from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 will receive gift coupons worth HK$400 for healthcare services, groceries, beauty treatment and movies.

Those who have been sick for no more than two days throughout the year will receive a HK$200 coupon.

One employee said the program demeans the worth of their work because it assigns a very low value to their presence in the office.

Others said the scheme runs counter to the spirit of the law that allows employees to avail themselves of sick leaves if their condition doesn't allow them to report for work.

Tan Wing-ming, head of the bank's Hong Kong office, said the company cares about the staff's physical and mental health.

Aside from the Stay Healthy Program, hiking activities and regular health-related seminars will also be held for the staff.

Alexa Chow, managing director of AMAC Human Resources Consultants, said a HK$400 coupon may not be too attractive to the employees.

What is more important is for a company to boost the employees' morale, team spirit and sense of belonging.

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