The number of sick leave each employee gets annually is supposed to be an ENTITLEMENT. Every employee has the right to be sick and take medical leave as and when is necessary.
Therefore, I find it appalling how any company or employer could judge the performance or abilities of the men based on the number of days he/she took MC. You’re sending out a wrong message to the people- that those who are more susceptible to injuries or people with low immune system are less capable than healthier men and women with regards to work.
Employer also got no right to interview why men take MCs especially if the number taken is BELOW the annual limit set. They got no right to question if men are malingering, that’s the job of qualifed medical doctors and doing so would only undermine their expertise and judgment.
They got no right to penalize employees (e.g. low performance bonuses) or deny career progression in any form (e.g. contract renewals) or even compare abilites with another employee, by virtue of the medical leave records alone.
If you’re sick, don’t force yourselves. We are not superhumans. We have the right to be sick.