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 expands HR Partners Programme
Nov15

Activ People HR 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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Absence management expert warns ‘don’t neglect return to work interviews’ in sickie season!
Aug15

Absence management expert warns ‘don’t neglect return to work interviews’ in sickie season!

Absence management challenges are set to rise as balmy summer days hit the UK, timed perfectly with the Olympics and a looming bank holiday.   HR Managers are bracing themselves for the start of sickie season. According to YouGov research, 19% of British workers – around 9 million people – admit they have pulled a sickie in the past 12 months, either by making up an excuse about being ill when they weren’t (7%), saying they were more...

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Flexible working boosts performance – so why aren’t we promoting it?
Aug03

Flexible working boosts performance – so why aren’t we promoting it?

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Activ Absence We’re often cited as experts on flexible working, because our software, Activ Absence, gives businesses the staff visibility they need to make it successful. However, there is still a huge gap between the number of employees who could benefit from it and the number of employees who are given the option by their employer – and this includes employers who say they offer flexible...

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How to conduct a performance appraisal
Jul05

How to conduct a performance appraisal

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Manager, Activ Appraisals Whether you use appraisals software or not, delivering an appraisal of someone’s performance is an opportunity to engage people, motivate them and set their goals and objectives in line with the priorities of your business. It is therefore vital that managers view performance appraisals as more than just a paper chasing exercise.  Appraisals software can help...

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