Job insecurity is behind the rise in presenteeism, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence
Sep14

Job insecurity is behind the rise in presenteeism, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence

 Nine out of ten UK employees (92%) have gone into work despite being sick this year and the top reason for presenteeism is the fear of not getting paid, according to new research[i] from insurer, Holloway.co.uk.   Other reasons cited include being scared to get into trouble (22%), not wanting to fall behind on work (11%), thinking they could just get through their illness (9%) and having called in sick too many times (6%).     In...

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BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!
Aug29

BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ People HR Bank Holiday Tuesdays have a high rate of attrition – whether its down to the after effects of too much alcohol, too much sun or food poisoning down to badly cooked barbecue food, adding to delayed onset ‘Mondayitis’, I’ll hazard a bet that in many workplaces, there will be at least one empty seat Today.  Of those that are present and correct, there will be more than...

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With just 6% of Brits working 9 to 5, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how companies can manage flexible working
Aug28

With just 6% of Brits working 9 to 5, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how companies can manage flexible working

A new YouGov survey[i] for fast-food chain MacDonald’s suggests working 9am to 5pm is becoming a thing of the past, with just 6 per cent of people in the UK now working traditional office hours. The survey highlighted that almost half of people worked flexibly with arrangements such as job sharing or compressed hours, allowing them to juggle other commitments.     Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence says a change in the law in...

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There are no excuses for employers not letting staff take a break says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence
Aug03

There are no excuses for employers not letting staff take a break says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence

A new report from the TUC[i] this week has highlighted that many companies are failing to give staff paid holiday leave, putting them at risk of ‘burnout’.   According to the report, one in 12 workers in the UK – around 2.2 million people get less than the legal minimum holiday requirement of five and a half weeks a year. 1.2 million workers receive no annual leave at all.     According to the report, these workers are losing out on...

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Reduced absenteeism at work isn’t necessarily a sign of a healthy workforce
Aug02

Reduced absenteeism at work isn’t necessarily a sign of a healthy workforce

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Director Activ Absence responds to the latest ONS figures on sickness absence   New figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) this week have revealed that the number of sickness days have almost halved over the past two decades to reach a record low. Absence figures dropped from an average of 7.2 days in 1993 to 4.1 days in 2017 and have been steadily falling since 1999.     Responding to...

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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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