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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Make Flexible Learning A Priority in 2018
Dec19

Make Flexible Learning A Priority in 2018

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence   New research from HSBC has highlighted that flexible and remote working practices are more likely to motivate staff and increase workplace productivity than financial incentives.     Nine out of ten employees (89%) surveyed claimed that flexible working is their number one motivator to boost their productivity at work, compared with 77% of respondents who said financial incentives would...

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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 and HR...

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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 factors...

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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 health ,...

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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 on...

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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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