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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How to tackle absence in a season of sport
Jul04

How to tackle absence in a season of sport

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis Director at Activ Absence We know through experience that sickies soar during key sporting events – every summer we see Cricket, Wimbledon and Soccer tournaments that create all manner of ‘mystery bugs’. The increase in summer sport could be scary for HR Managers, who are already used to seeing unauthorised sickness absence rise if Andy Murray is playing well on Centre Court. Of course, that’s on top of...

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Companies need to embrace flexible working for new dads to keep pace with changing attitudes
Jun05

Companies need to embrace flexible working for new dads to keep pace with changing attitudes

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR  A new report from parenting web site Daddilife[i],in association with Deloitte has revealed that more dads than ever before (58%)are now actively involved in day to day parenting and are looking for workplace flexibility, which is still not currently provided by the majority of UK employers. Commenting on the report Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence says...

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Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse?
Apr25

Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse?

When someone is absent from work, the remaining staff may take on the extra load. But when they come in to work sick, everyone is at risk of catching a cold – which is worse? Absenteeism · It will not come as a surprise to any business owners that an employee’s absence from work can be a disruption. · According to a report by ERS Research and Consultancy, sickness absence costs UK businesses an estimated £29bn annually with the...

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Investing in wellbeing solutions and technology can help companies reduce stress says Activ Absence
Apr11

Investing in wellbeing solutions and technology can help companies reduce stress says Activ Absence

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and Simply Health,[i] has highlighted that nearly two-fifths of UK businesses have seen an increase in stress related absence over the last year, with heavy workloads and poor management style to blame. The CIPD is calling for senior leaders to prioritise wellness at work, to increase their investment in health and well-being by training managers, so they are...

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Are your employees suffering the January blues or is it something more serious?
Jan21

Are your employees suffering the January blues or is it something more serious?

It’s ‘Blue Monday’ today, 21st January, widely considered the most depressing day of the year, as the gloomy weather, high debt levels after Christmas and failed new year resolutions take their toll, causing people to feel down. With mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression on the rise, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence, says that while Blue Monday may not have any scientific basis, it can raise awareness of...

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Why introducing flexible working could boost your business in 2019 – and how to manage it properly
Jan04

Why introducing flexible working could boost your business in 2019 – and how to manage it properly

The four-day working week is something many employees would welcome, but companies can be concerned about how it would work in practice. New research by consultancy firm Kin&Co[i] found that just 48% of businesses think their company would benefit from the move. In contrast they found that 70% of business owners said they would consider trialling Wednesday afternoons for employees, with 80% believing this would boost...

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How can businesses manage demand for seasonal workers this Christmas?
Dec07

How can businesses manage demand for seasonal workers this Christmas?

New research from job search engine Adzuna.co.uk has revealed there are currently over 23,000 Christmas jobs available in the UK, with 21% of Christmas vacancies online and 17% with some of the biggest high street retailers such as Tesco, Superdrug and Debenhams.     Managing additional seasonal workers alongside existing staff can be a real headache for employers at one of the busiest times of the year for the high street...

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Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence
Nov30

Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence

UK businesses could be running into legal hot water by failing to record their sickness absence according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm who has identified through group risk market reviews for employers that many are not accurately recording sickness absence . Aon highlights that failure to record absence is a legal risk which can negatively impact insurance premiums, increase business risks for staff involved in...

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Tips for SMEs to improve mental health
Nov16

Tips for SMEs to improve mental health

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence – absence management software company.   Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Abesnce says,   “With more focus on rising mental health issues in many UK companies, many employers are looking at ways to improve mental wellbeing but often employers don’t know where to start.”   “One cost effective solution is to use technology to track short and long-term absences and...

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International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with...

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Is your company experiencing these Halloween HR nightmares?
Nov02

Is your company experiencing these Halloween HR nightmares?

Activ Absence reveals HR horror stories With Halloween just around the corner, Activ Absence software reveals a top ten of HR horror stories shared by HR professionals who attended this year’s CIPD HR Software and Recruitment Show in June. Topping the list of horrors is a situation that no employee wants to hear from their HR team – that they have lost everyone’s annual leave request forms. In this case the HR manager had to rely on...

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Companies need to track absences more closely to uncover mental health issues in their workforce
Oct19

Companies need to track absences more closely to uncover mental health issues in their workforce

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day   It’s World Mental Health Day on today, 10 October.     Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how UK employers can use a range of solutions, including technology to overcome stigmas and better support staff suffering from mental health conditions. Research from health insurer BHSF found that a fifth (42%) of UK...

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