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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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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