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GMB viewers criticize ‘retarded’ CEO who offers bonus to employees who don’t take sick days

A CEO who revealed he gives cash bonuses to staff with perfect attendance has been branded ‘retarded’ and accused of ‘bribing’ employees to ignore their health.

James Ryan, CEO of Grove Square Galleries in London, said on Good Morning Britain today from Hertfordshire that he is offering a bonus to employees who do not take sick days to motivate his staff to come to work when they are feeling bad.

It comes in the wake of a decision by the Council of Rome to give garbage collectors a bonus if they show up every working day over the Christmas period, while Amazon in the UK is offering a £50 bonus to staff who make perfect attendance.

James justified his decision, saying his staff is more productive now that he has implemented the cash bonus.

However, Izzy Obeng, a Ghana-based entrepreneur who founded the nonprofit mentoring agency Foundervine, argued that employees should feel that their mental and physical health is “recognized” by their bosses.

Divided viewers criticized James’ attitude, saying they were “disgusted” by his decision, but others said it was a good incentive to motivate “lazy” employees.

People rejected the CEO's move, which they believe was bribery, but others said it could motivate 'lazy' employees

People rejected the CEO's move, which they believe was bribery, but others said it could motivate 'lazy' employees

People rejected the CEO’s move, which they believe was bribery, but others said it could motivate ‘lazy’ employees

James said he wants to build “the right culture” in his company and said there’s a chance people will feel “better” coming to work instead of calling in sick.

“But if they’re really unwell, of course we don’t want them to come in, we don’t punish people for not coming, it’s more a matter of encouraging people and saying, ‘Come on, we can get through this,'” he said. .

Susanna argued that by giving people with perfect presence a cash bonus, James was indeed punishing people for taking sick days.

“If they get sick for a day, they don’t get the extra cash boost, so you get people to come to work if they want to get the money,” she said.

James Ryan, pictured, CEO of Grove Square Galleries in London, revealed he offers a cash bonus to employees with perfect attendance

James Ryan, pictured, CEO of Grove Square Galleries in London, revealed he offers a cash bonus to employees with perfect attendance

James Ryan, pictured, CEO of Grove Square Galleries in London, revealed he offers a cash bonus to employees with perfect attendance

Izzy Obeng, pictured, an entrepreneur from Ghana, argued that people should feel that their employers are recognizing their health needs

Izzy Obeng, pictured, an entrepreneur from Ghana, argued that people should feel that their employers are recognizing their health needs

Izzy Obeng, pictured, an entrepreneur from Ghana, argued that people should feel that their employers are recognizing their health needs

Presenters Susanna Reid and Adil Ray, pictured, chaired the debate.  Susanna argued that James 'bribes' people to come to the office

Presenters Susanna Reid and Adil Ray, pictured, chaired the debate.  Susanna argued that James 'bribes' people to come to the office

Presenters Susanna Reid and Adil Ray, pictured, chaired the debate. Susanna argued that James ‘bribes’ people to come to the office

She further asked James if he believes there is a widespread problem of people getting sick when they are not sick.

“It’s fair to say we can all hold up our hands and admit we were trying to pull a sick one,” James said. “You get to know people’s character, and when they’ve given in too much, you know when they’re trying to put a fast one,” he added.

“When it comes to culture, we have an occupational therapist who comes in and talks to people.

“We recently had Ollie Ollerton from SAS Who Dares Wins come to the office. He was talking about his life experience,” he added.

People said James' decision was 'backwards' and 'disgusting, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic'

People said James' decision was 'backwards' and 'disgusting, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic'

People said James’ decision was ‘backwards’ and ‘disgusting, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic’

Susanna joked that it sounds like James expects his staff to show the same audacity as someone like Ollie, who is a former Special Forces.

“Of course we don’t want people in the office coughing and splashing everywhere,” the CEO added.

Izzy, who is based in Accra, said James may have created a culture where employees don’t want to come to work.

“It’s really about the kind of culture you want to build and what message you’re giving your employees, especially the ‘get up and running’ language,” she said, quoting James back at him.

“Especially now that we’re coming out of Covid, and we’re all trying to get back to work and we’re more in the office, I think if you’re really not feeling well, it’s important that your employer gives you the recognition that they care about your well-being.” and that they don’t want you influencing your colleagues,” she added.

Izzy said employers need to create a culture where people want to come and work and feel their needs are recognized

Izzy said employers need to create a culture where people want to come and work and feel their needs are recognized

Izzy said employers need to create a culture where people want to come and work and feel their needs are recognized

“If you have the right culture within the organization, and I think we have that at Foundervine for example, people shouldn’t feel like they have to get sick for a day if they don’t want to come to work. They need to feel like they can have a mature conversation with their line manager,” she continued.

“So if you have a lot of people sick, is it the right culture where people don’t want to work, even if they don’t feel too sick?”

Adil Ray argued that many small businesses are really suffering from people getting sick when they snort or have a hangover after the pandemic.

Izzy agreed it’s a major issue, but added, talking about James’s business, “Is he treating the cause or is it just a way of wiping out the real problem, which is that the organization or the way of working internally not enough work for people to get in enough?’

Defending his business model, James said that people at Grove Square Galleries have been more productive since he introduced the bonus and that the well-being of people in his company has also improved.

“We consider ourselves a family here,” he added.

“If you look at the education system, for example, my son would have 97 percent turnout.

‘I’m not saying we’re teachers, but it’s also just about continuing that culture.

“And again, some people when they get up in the morning and go to work, they fight on and they seem to be fine,” he added.

He also pointed out that his company offers employees full pay instead of statutory sick pay when they are sick.

But this final precision didn’t save James from the disapproval of viewers, who said his decision was “disgusting.”

#Paying people extra to come to work sick is retarded thinking. We are in a pandemic! I can’t believe this attitude,” said one.

‘Who is this guy? Sometimes people get sick. There is still a pandemic, but get the man from the SAS in, it will help,” one said.

“I don’t agree with bribery to encourage sick people not to leave work. When they are sick they are sick and when they cannot be at work I would rather they stay away to recover rather than pass sick bugs on to the rest of us.

“When I was a nanny I couldn’t pull a sick one because there was never anyone for me,” said another.

“I’m so disgusted that this employer pays employees not to get sick, sorry,” said one.

“I know it can be hard to do the dreaded sick call to your boss, that’s the hardest part of letting the team down, but you have to show some kind of compassion to your staff when they’re really sick. I know some take the gamble, but it’s their wages they mess with anyway,” wrote one person.

One person, however, agreed with James.

‘I think the bonus is a great incentive! The lazy gits could get to work,” said another, “they said.

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