Ten ways for employers to keep staff motivated in the run up to Christmas
Nov30

Ten ways for employers to keep staff motivated in the run up to Christmas

Christmas is a busy time for businesses owners who are planning ahead for next year and often dealing with reduced staffing levels due to sickness and last minute end of year holiday requests. How can they keep their teams motivated in the run up to Christmas and spread some Christmas cheer? Adrian Lewis, Absence Management Expert at Activ Absence says   “Whilst this is a fun time of year, it can also be stressful for managers...

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Tips for managing stress in the workplace
Nov01

Tips for managing stress in the workplace

Today is Stress Awareness Day , an annual event to raise awareness of this growing issue and promote the importance of wellbeing for individuals and organisations.   A report from the Health and Safety Executive found that in 2016/17 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 40% of all work-related ill health cases and 49% of all working days lost due to ill health – equating to 12.5 million lost working days.   The main...

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Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?
Oct10

Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day On World Mental Health Day, absence management expert Adrian Lewis, Director of Codel Software discusses how UK businesses could benefit from utilising tools and technology to tackle employee mental health issues head on.   Adrian highlights that in September research from the NHS claimed that one in three ‘sick notes’ are issued for mental...

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Ryanair’s flight cancellations highlight that businesses must take staff holiday planning seriously
Sep18

Ryanair’s flight cancellations highlight that businesses must take staff holiday planning seriously

Reports that Ryanair has cancelled 82 flights on Sunday and will cancel between 40 and 50 flights every day for the next six weeks because it “messed up” the planning of pilots’ holiday is a situation that could have been avoided with better holiday planning, says absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence. Discussing the holiday planning chaos Ryanair’s Marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said, “We have...

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The art of conducting performance appraisals
Aug24

The art of conducting performance appraisals

The much-maligned system of staff appraisals, scrapped by many, clearly had more of an impact on employee performance than many realised, with even the CIPD noting that where performance reviews were scrapped, staff performance was suffering. When it comes to performance, the UK lags behind many of our European neighbours – so why can’t we get to the bottom of the productivity puzzle? Britain’s output per hour worked is...

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New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report
Aug03

New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report

Absence Management software specialist Activ Absence has produced their response to the 2017 Aviva Working Lives report, which showed that 7 in 10 employees have gone into the office when they were too unwell to do so. Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director for Activ Absence, said: There are many reasons why people go into work sick, ranging from financial problems to over-zealous employers who, in an attempt to curb sickness absence, have...

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Employee ill health costing businesses up to one month a year in lost productivity
Jun29

Employee ill health costing businesses up to one month a year in lost productivity

UK employers are losing 27.5 days of productive work per employee each year, because of poor health, according to new research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW) – commissioned by Vitality Health Insurance. The company also suggests employee absence and presenteeism is a problem that is costing the UK economy £73 billion a year. The research measured employee health in terms of exposure to risk factors associated with a...

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Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues
May10

Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues

Workplace absence costs UK businesses £18 billion per year in lost productivity, according to research by Firstcare[i] and The Centre for Economic and Business, and a rising number of absences are related to stress and anxiety. According to Firstcare, the number one cause of absence from work is musculoskeletal conditions, which are often associated with stress and poor posture.  The number two cause is stress and anxiety, creating a...

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How can UK businesses REALLY improve staff engagement & productivity?
Feb28

How can UK businesses REALLY improve staff engagement & productivity?

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Activ Appraisals As we approach the end of the first quarter, and the end of the financial year, many businesses are looking at staff performance – and the age old debate about performance  appraisals.  Engaged employees are productive employees – so why isn’t the UK competing, productivity wise?   Social Seeder produced an infographic showing what makes employees feel engaged, based...

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Rugby-v-HR – 6 top tips to make sure HR wins this Six Nations!
Jan30

Rugby-v-HR – 6 top tips to make sure HR wins this Six Nations!

HR Managers may not care too much about rugby, but the start of this year’s Six Nations tournament will bring HR challenges – in fact some commentators have said the biggest match of the tournament will, as always, be Rugby -v- HR. The Six Nations challenge sees the UK’s regions joined by Italy and France to compete for the RBS Six Nations trophy.  The first match of the tournament takes place this Saturday as...

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As ‘96% of Senior Execs don’t think HR does enough’ – the 2017 holiday battles begin!
Jan03

As ‘96% of Senior Execs don’t think HR does enough’ – the 2017 holiday battles begin!

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Activ Absence No sooner do we get back from a Christmas break, last year’s End of Year Staff Holiday Report is demanding our attention.  It’s not completed yet, but most HR teams are already seeing the first holiday requests for 2017. Staff are tempted by the plethora of holiday adverts, and everyone is in a race to book the prime dates. We all know when they are.  For parents, its usually...

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12 Tips to help HR survive the 12 Days of Christmas
Dec12

12 Tips to help HR survive the 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas is a busy time of year for most people, but for HR professionals it can be exceptionally challenging as they can typically be coping with higher absence rates because of sickness, managing the flurry of last minute end of the year holiday requests and planning ahead for next year. Adrian Lewis, Absence Management Expert at Activ Absence says, “Whilst this is a fun time of year, it can also be stressful for HRs who may...

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Activ People HR software expands HR Partners Programme
Nov15

Activ People HR software expands HR Partners Programme

HR software experts Activ People HR have today announced the addition of several new partners to their extremely successful HR Partner network, as their module based HR software continues to take the world by storm. New Partners to the Activ Partner programme include: Hugh James Solicitors, Cardiff & London (legal services) The OH Business, Cardiff & South Wales, (occupational health) and Counsellors Online, (UK &...

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HR in October – the calm before the perfect storm
Oct21

HR in October – the calm before the perfect storm

Guest post by Adrian Lewis, Activ Absence My colleague came into work this morning telling me that her car’s warning light for ice had come on during her journey to work, as the temperatures outside hit below 4 degrees.  Looking out of the window you’d never believe it, it’s a beautifully sunny day – but winter is fast approaching, along with the end of the annual leave year. It’s usually the time of year...

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Why we need appraisals, oops I mean performance reviews…
Oct18

Why we need appraisals, oops I mean performance reviews…

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Appraisals Software Traditionally,  appraisals have had a bad press and at least according to Forbes Magazine, they are one of the most frequently criticized talent management practices. Critics claim they are ineffective, waste time, are paper driven and have a negative impact on the relationship between an employee and their line manager. Last year, the CIPD last year pronounced...

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