World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence
Jul19

World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence  England might not have made it into the World Cup Final, but it didn’t deter train staff from taking time off to watch the match, resulting in hundreds of Sunday trains in the north-west, the west of England and South Wales being cancelled due to staff shortages, causing widespread passenger disruption.   GWR and Northern Rail said that fewer train crews than usual had...

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UK employees are failing to take holiday, how should employers respond?
Jul11

UK employees are failing to take holiday, how should employers respond?

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence   According to a new survey from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest recruitment sites, two in five UK employees polled (40 per cent) reported taking a maximum of just half of their annual leave entitlement during the last holiday year, with the average employee taking just 62 per cent of their allowance.   This study serves as a timely reminder for companies to...

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Time to take a break…
Jul05

Time to take a break…

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, 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.   Today is National Workaholics Day which brings the attention to the research carried out – how are companies manging their staff holidays and encouraging them to use their annual leave entitlement.     The recent hot...

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England might be “coming home” in tonight’s match, but will employees be staying at home tomorrow?
Jul03

England might be “coming home” in tonight’s match, but will employees be staying at home tomorrow?

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence   The Three Lions will be taking part in their biggest World Cup game in over 10 years when they play Columbia tonight. But how will this effect offices Wednesday morning?     No doubt staff will be having a few drinks whilst watching the game, then a few more either to celebrate or commiserate!   An estimated 1.2 million England fans plan to call in sick following the...

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Tackling staff absence in schools, academies and colleges
Jun28

Tackling staff absence in schools, academies and colleges

A total of 2.16 million days were lost due to teacher sickness absence in 2015/16 according to the latest statistics from the Department of Education[i].   Other figures from the Liberal Democrats[ii] this year revealed that one in 83 teachers is now on long-term leave of one month or more for stress and mental health issues in 2016/17 – up 5% on the previous year.   Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence says that sickness absence...

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Top tips for managing sickies during the summer sports season
Jun04

Top tips for managing sickies during the summer sports season

The World Cup kicks off in Russia on 14th June 2018 – and along with other major summer sporting fixtures such as Wimbledon, the golf Open, Tour de France and England vs India test cricket, could spark a rise in ‘sporting sickies’. A survey conducted by Love Energy Savings at the start of Euro 2016 suggested that one in five people would be willing to take a sickie to watch a sporting event and with all eyes on England during the...

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Technology can help employers tackle mental health-related issues
May15

Technology can help employers tackle mental health-related issues

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis of Activ People HR It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year is highlighting stress as a major cause of mental illness. Aon’s Benefits and Trend Survey[i] released in January revealed a sharp increase in the number of employers reporting employee stress and mental health-related illnesses – up from 55% last year to 68% in 2018. Other research from King’s College London[ii] found that lonely...

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With presenteeism in the workplace on the rise, Activ Absence suggests ways companies can tackle this
May03

With presenteeism in the workplace on the rise, Activ Absence suggests ways companies can tackle this

A new survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) highlights the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ – with 86% of employers they surveyed having observed staff coming into work while ill in the last year.   This is up from 72% in 2016, and just 26% of employers in 2010. However, employers are doing little to tackle this growing problem. The CIPD found just a quarter of respondents that have experienced...

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Ten steps for employers to tackle stress in the workplace
Apr26

Ten steps for employers to tackle stress in the workplace

April is Stress Awareness Month[i] which seeks to raise awareness of this growing problem. It’s also a good opportunity for employers to consider their role in helping reduce stress in the workplace.   The Health and Safety Executive[ii] says that 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17. Some of the causes include workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much...

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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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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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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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National Sickie Day may not exist but employees still don’t like Mondays, says Activ Absence
Feb01

National Sickie Day may not exist but employees still don’t like Mondays, says Activ Absence

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Commerical Director at Activ Absence   Monday 5th February is known as ‘National Sickie Day,’ when more employees around the UK are expected to phone in sick than any other day of the year.     Employment law experts the ELAS Group first identified this day in 2011, when it estimated up to 350,000 would call in sick on the first Monday in February, however, they now say it is officially no longer a threat...

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Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?
Jan15

Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?

  Monday 15th January 2018 or ‘Blue Monday is being billed as the most depressing day of the year – with the miserable weather, debt and post Christmas blues all considered to be major contributing factors.   While Mental health charity, Mind is dismissive of Blue Monday, absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence believes the day could serve as a positive reminder for employers to think about reducing employee...

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