How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?
Jul30

How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?

The news this week that holidaymakers will need to quarantine for two weeks after returning from Spain[i] highlights one of the major challenges facing employers as the UK tries to get back to normal working life, says Adrian Lewis at Activ Absence. Spain was added to the UK’s quarantine list from midnight on Saturday with just a few hours’ warning. This comes as Europe is bracing itself for a second wave of...

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How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?
Jun25

How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?

As Government plans[i] are set to be unveiled regarding so called ‘air bridges’ which will allow  holidaymakers to travel to low risk countries without quarantining from 4th July,  Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence warns that managing annual leave could be a major challenge for companies post Covid-19. During the crisis, the government announced that untaken statutory holiday leave could be carried over for two years...

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How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?
May21

How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?

Employers are facing major long-lasting work challenges following Coronavirus and may need to adopt new ways of managing employees, says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. New research from GoldLeaf[i], a video conferencing company, highlights that 60% of people would like to work from home more often than they did before lockdown. Of these, almost two thirds would like to work from home either two or three times a week, and one...

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How businesses can address rising absenteeism resulting from the mental health impact of lockdown
May14

How businesses can address rising absenteeism resulting from the mental health impact of lockdown

New research[i] highlights concerns that home working is causing a rise in employee burnout and ‘e-presenteeism’, with almost three in five (58 per cent) HR managers fearing losing staff to sick leave as a result of the mental health impacts of working in lockdown. The research, conducted by Mental Health Foundation and LinkedIn amongst HR professionals, found that more than half (54 per cent) said that mental health issues such as...

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How absence software can support businesses return to ‘normal’ when the lockdown eases
May07

How absence software can support businesses return to ‘normal’ when the lockdown eases

The Government is due to announce how businesses could come out of lockdown which will have implications for how staff can return to work. Continued remote working, staggered work times, and alternate days in the office and at home are all possible options. Many companies will be concerned how this can be managed effectively and how they can keep track of staff, says Adrian Lewis, Director of absence management software provider,...

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How technology can help ease the pressure on HR professionals during the Coronavirus pandemic
Apr17

How technology can help ease the pressure on HR professionals during the Coronavirus pandemic

A recent survey from XpertHR found a fifth of HR professionals’ time is spent on administrative tasks[i]. This is likely to have increased significantly due to the Coronavirus. New Government measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus, including the Job Retention Scheme; employees working from home where possible and new rules on carrying over annual leave entitlement for the next two leave years[ii], are significantly adding to the...

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How businesses can manage flexible working at scale
Mar17

How businesses can manage flexible working at scale

As the Covid-19 situation continues to escalate many UK companies are having to quickly implement flexible and work from home policies. However, many companies are unprepared for flexible working on this scale. A recent whitepaper from global recruiter Robert Walters, A Smart Workplace for the Workforce of the Future found that 48% of businesses in the UK are not set up to be able to accommodate employees working from home[i]. Recent...

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Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?
Jan20

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

Monday 20th January 2020 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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How HR technology can help businesses attract and retain top talent in 2020
Jan16

How HR technology can help businesses attract and retain top talent in 2020

Views from Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ People HR The UK is nowhere near where it should be in terms of using workplace technology and 2020 will see more British businesses move to a more digital environment, says Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ People HR, a provider of cloud based HR software. Adrian says, “As more Millennial and Generation Z employees enter the workforce they expect and demand to have technology at their...

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Employers looking to nurture talent in 2020 should overhaul their appraisal process, says Activ People HR
Dec12

Employers looking to nurture talent in 2020 should overhaul their appraisal process, says Activ People HR

Performance appraisals may be losing favour in some organisations over different approaches to performance management, but Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ People HR says they are still a crucial part of nurturing and engaging staff. The 2019 Gartner Performance Management Benchmarking Survey[i] showed 81% of HR leaders are making changes to performance management, and some companies have even considered eliminating altogether the...

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Help ensure staff don’t miss out on holiday leave
Dec06

Help ensure staff don’t miss out on holiday leave

With Christmas just around the corner it can be the last chance for employees who haven’t taken their full holiday entitlement to try to squeeze in leave, which can cause issues in the office. According to Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence a ‘use it or lose it policy’ often means a last minute dash to book time off before the end of the year, potentially leaving the office low staffed or colleagues stressed as they end up taking...

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Understanding the root causes of absenteeism can help employers tackle mental health in the workplace
Oct10

Understanding the root causes of absenteeism can help employers tackle mental health in the workplace

In the run up to World Mental Health Day[i] on 10th October, Adrian Lewis, Director, at Activ Absence says there is a lot employers can do to help break the taboo of mental health, including having systems in place so they can uncover the reasons behind employee absence. A recent survey[ii] conducted by Censuswide and Slater and Gordon found that in 2019 workers took on average 3.75 days off for mental health reasons including stress,...

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HR professionals must embrace technology to improve processes
Aug16

HR professionals must embrace technology to improve processes

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis Director of Activ People HR Research by employee engagement company, Reward Gateway earlier this year found that HR professionals are spending 366.6 hours a year manually checking, responding to and keeping up with multiple HR applications. The research highlighted that integrating new HR tools into current workplace technology is a key priority for 89% of HR professionals, as many struggle with...

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Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather
Jul25

Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather

Hot sunny weather can hit productivity and sickness absence. We asked absence management expert Adrian Lewis from welsh HR software firm Activ Absence for his tips on keeping staff engaged when the temperature goes up. Adrian  says: The good weather can impact on productivity and sickness absence – but it doesn’t have to.“Effective planning, good preparation and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ a bit  can go...

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Is Killing Eve killing business?
Jul05

Is Killing Eve killing business?

New research from the Radio Times[i]has found that almost one in five people (18%) have said they had specifically called in sick so they could watch TV at home. They also found that half of TV viewers said they had binged more than eight hours of a show in one sitting. According to Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence employers need to ensure their staff know that pulling a sickie that isn’t genuine is unacceptable, so they don’t...

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