How can companies get on top of costly employee absence?
Apr19

How can companies get on top of costly employee absence?

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence    Gatwick Airport was recently forced to shut its runway four times because of staff sickness. Only one air traffic controller out of three scheduled to be working was in the control tower and the airport needed to schedule mandatory breaks – the situation caused passenger delay and frustration.   In Leicester, the City Council recently published its absence figures...

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Are HR professionals prepared for a surge in holiday leave requests at end of financial year?
Apr12

Are HR professionals prepared for a surge in holiday leave requests at end of financial year?

It’s the end of the financial year for many organisations, which means HRs could have been swamped with last minute requests for holiday leave as people want to use up their holiday entitlement, says Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence.   A survey commissioned by British Airways in January revealed that one-third of UK workers did not use up their annual leave in 2017, losing an average of four days each.  A ‘use it or lose it’...

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Change won’t happen until people do…
Apr04

Change won’t happen until people do…

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Organizations decide they’re going to change all the time. Especially during times like we’re experiencing today, when recruiting is tough, engagement is a challenge, and retention is a top priority. Organizational change doesn’t just because an acknowledgement was made that change needs to happen. Human nature can mean that people both want and resist change in equal measures.  Fear of the...

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How to avoid yet another “say-do” gap
Mar13

How to avoid yet another “say-do” gap

Guest Blog by Steve Herbert is Head of Benefits Strategy at Jelf One of the biggest workplace topics of the last 12 months is that of the Gender Pay Gap.  The figures now slowly – and sometimes rather reluctantly – emerging from many major organisations show that this issue is perhaps much bigger than even the more pessimistic commentators originally predicted.  So what lessons can employers learn from this, and how can...

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Enrique Garcia, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, takes a look at the changes in legislation which take effect on 1st April.
Mar13

Enrique Garcia, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, takes a look at the changes in legislation which take effect on 1st April.

End of Fit For Work assessments – there is no longer a free occupational health service for employers so it is even more important to use absence management services such as Absence Assist and occupational health services to stay on top of absences as prevention is better (and often less expensive) than cure when it comes to managing absences. National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage – These are two areas which will continue to...

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Internationals Women’s Day & Gender Equality
Mar08

Internationals Women’s Day & Gender Equality

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   As International Women’s Day is celebrated across the Globe, the issue of gender equality is at the forefront of our minds more than ever.   We read with interest this article from Business Insider magazine published today (8 March 2018) which highlights the worst countries for women around the world and focusses on the Global Gap Index created by the World Economic Forum (WEF) over 10 years ago....

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Top tips on how women can press for progress in their workplace
Mar08

Top tips on how women can press for progress in their workplace

Guest Blog by Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer   International Women’s Day on 8th March 2018 comes at a time when there is an increasing focus on equality and women’s rights in the workplace. Business issues keep making the headlines, from dress codes requiring women to wear high heels or allegations of sexual harassment, leading to a reminder that further steps can be taken to progress business practices to ensure equality is...

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Snowy weather doesn’t need to impact business productivity says Activ Absence
Mar05

Snowy weather doesn’t need to impact business productivity says Activ Absence

With parts of Wales now at the highest red “extreme weather” level and over 1,000 schools closed due to Storm Emma, Adrian Lewis, Managing Director, Activ Absence, based in Bridgend, South Wales says adverse weather conditions don’t need to cause chaos in the office too.     Adrian Lewis commented;   “With many office workers not able to make it into work or being sent home early this week the normal business day can be disrupted,...

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Do employees need to disclose to their employers that they take anti-depressants?
Feb23

Do employees need to disclose to their employers that they take anti-depressants?

Guest Blog  by Health Assured CEO and Wellbeing Expert David Price   A study carried out by scientists has revealed that anti-depressants are more efficient than previously thought at reducing the symptoms of depression. The use of anti-depressants has soared in recent years, with 64.7 million prescriptions made in England in 2016. As use increases, the likelihood is that nearly all workplaces will have an employee who is suffering...

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Holiday and Sick Pay Break Through For Gig Workers
Feb20

Holiday and Sick Pay Break Through For Gig Workers

Guest blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   The BBC has reported today that the UK Government is looking at making changes to employment rights and to improving the conditions of millions of workers, including people working in the so-called ‘gig’ economy.   The BBC online news channel states that: “the changes include stricter enforcement of holiday and sick pay rights, and higher fines for firms that breach contracts or mistreat staff.”...

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Why is Employee Development So Important in Business?
Feb15

Why is Employee Development So Important in Business?

In the corporate environment, there are plenty of things that can influence an employee’s level of happiness. In addition, with the ever-increasing pressures of everyday life, it can be all too easy for employees to end up feeling overworked and stressed out. For this reason, it’s more important than ever to ensure that each and every team member feels happy, confident and valued within their position in the company.   However, it’s...

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Managing employee absenteeism during the flu season
Feb13

Managing employee absenteeism during the flu season

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   The flu season is well and truly upon us with predictions for the rest of this winter at all-time high. According to the Guardian: “Although flu cases are higher than at any point since 2010/11, health officials say it is still not an epidemic.”   Unfortunately, even though there are many genuine cases of employees suffering from flu and needing necessary time off work to recover, there can be...

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Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations
Feb12

Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations

The Six Nations rugby tournament is underway with the second round this weekend and England’s win!   This may not be great news though for Britain’s employers who are likely to be seeing an increase in employee with hangovers and a rise in sickness absence and presenteeism with matches taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, says Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence. Adrian says,   “A Sunday match usually means an increase...

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Guest Blog By Lou Walker – Workplace cake culture: health risk or sociable way to boost morale?
Feb07

Guest Blog By Lou Walker – Workplace cake culture: health risk or sociable way to boost morale?

When I was planning my research into office cake culture for my MSc in obesity and weight management, cake-related discussions with friends and colleagues often led to the same full and frank discussion. Some argued that office cake is a sugar-laden menace lying in wait to trip up would-be dieters and hapless healthy eaters. Many felt that any ensuing weight gain carries health risks for individuals and reduced productivity for...

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HR Support for the Self Employed
Feb05

HR Support for the Self Employed

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   More and more people in the UK are opting for self-employment than ever before. According a recent report published by the CIPD, one in seven UK workers are now self employed.   The report states that :   “Climbing since 2001, self-employed workers now make up almost 15% of the UK labour force, close to the European average. This trend has been a distinguishing feature of the UK labour market’s...

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