African SMEs’ Performance and Behaviors during COVID-19

Figure 2.28: “During the COVID-19 outbreak, we had to put in place new tools to monitor the productivity of our employees”

Sick Leaves

In this section, we wanted to investigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the staf leaves. First, we wanted to know whether the SMEs encountered more sick leaves than the usual: “During the COVID-19 outbreak, we had many sick leaves”

Figure 3.29: Sick Leaves

It is apparent that yes, African SME had to face more sick leaves during the COVID-19 than usual. 4% strongly agree and 19,6% agree with the statement.

Figure 3.30: Sincerity of sick leaves

On the other hand, some SMEs could not check on the truth of sick leaves (18,8% either agree or strongly agree) “During the COVID-19 outbreak, we could not keep up with the sincerity / veracity of the sick leaves”. This said, means that the issue of checking on the veracity of sick leaves as an HR control is not critical and did not represent a major issue for African SMEs. Finally, for some African SMEs (33,5%), “During the COVID-19 outbreak, we were encouraged to take our annual leaves” as it appears from the following graph.


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