Category: Absence Management

How to manage last minute leave over winter

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How to manage last minute leave over winter In any job role, there are certain tasks that can become simple after large amounts of experience completing them. However, compared to repeatable, logical and predictable duties, something such as managing staff absence can be more difficult to control due to its unpredictable and complex nature. While… Read more »

How to handle staff that are constantly late

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How to handle staff that are constantly late In order to be an effective HR professional, it is important to understand that your workforce consists of imperfect humans, not super efficient robots. In light of this, things can happen from time to time in a human’s life that would disrupt the morning routine and cause… Read more »

Public Sector VS Private Sector on Sick Leave

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Public Sector VS Private Sector on Sick Leave New figures have revealed that workers in the public sector take more sick leave than private sector workers. There is a difference in the number of average sick days taken per year – 7.9 days in the public sector compared to 5.5 days in the private sector…. Read more »

Recording and Managing Employee Absence and Sickness

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Recording and Managing Employee Absence and Sickness Employee absence can be a costly problem for many businesses, as well as affecting workflow and putting pressure on the rest of the workforce. A 2011 report found that a public services organisation employing 1000 people will have an absenteeism cost of around £889,000. How can employee sickness… Read more »

A Quarter of all Sick Days Taken Credited to the Common Cold

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A Quarter of all Sick Days Taken Credited to the Common Cold The 2015 annual survey from Fisherman’s Friend Cold and Flu found that sick days are costing up to £4.53 billion, with a quarter of all sick days credited to the common cold. With the number of sick days taken in the UK increasing,… Read more »

A Third of Brits Faking Sickies

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A Third of Brits Faking Sickies This is largely true for the majority of workforces, there is the occasional exception. According to the latest statistics from Actimel, nearly a third of Brits have taken a fake sick day. Women are most likely to do so as they feel pressure with their workload, while men often… Read more »

How to Juggle Overtime, Paid Leave, and Sick Days During Winter

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How to Juggle Overtime, Paid Leave, and Sick Days During Winter Small businesses can struggle during the winter with fewer employees turning up for work due to winter illness. Managing sick leave and overtime over the busy Christmas period can be daunting for companies across all sectors, but management software from IQ:timecard makes it a… Read more »

Survey Reveals More Women Take Time Off Sick than Men

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Survey Reveals More Women Take Time Off Sick than Men The European Health Interview Survey has revealed a ‘sickie gender gap’ with results noting 36% of women compared to 27% of men have taken sick leave from work in the last year. The official stats, released this month, also exposed that although women were more… Read more »

The UK’s Damaging Presenteeism Culture

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The UK’s Damaging Presenteeism Culture A retail company has made the headlines recently, making the case for “the dark side of the UK’s presenteeism culture.” It has been revealed that a warehouse run by Sports Direct in Derbyshire had been the subject of an unusually high amount of ambulance call outs for staff. Over two… Read more »