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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Are HR professionals prepared for a surge in holiday leave requests at end of financial year?
Apr12

Are HR professionals prepared for a surge in holiday leave requests at end of financial year?

It’s the end of the financial year for many organisations, which means HRs could have been swamped with last minute requests for holiday leave as people want to use up their holiday entitlement, says Adrian Lewis, Director of 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.  A ‘use it or lose it’...

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Snowy weather doesn’t need to impact business productivity says Activ Absence
Mar05

Snowy weather doesn’t need to impact business productivity says Activ Absence

With parts of Wales now at the highest red “extreme weather” level and over 1,000 schools closed due to Storm Emma, Adrian Lewis, Managing Director, Activ Absence, based in Bridgend, South Wales says adverse weather conditions don’t need to cause chaos in the office too.     Adrian Lewis commented;   “With many office workers not able to make it into work or being sent home early this week the normal business day can be disrupted,...

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Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations
Feb12

Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations

The Six Nations rugby tournament is underway with the second round this weekend and England’s win!   This may not be great news though for Britain’s employers who are likely to be seeing an increase in employee with hangovers and a rise in sickness absence and presenteeism with matches taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, says Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence. Adrian says,   “A Sunday match usually means an increase...

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National Sickie Day may not exist but employees still don’t like Mondays, says Activ Absence
Feb01

National Sickie Day may not exist but employees still don’t like Mondays, says Activ Absence

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Commerical Director at Activ Absence   Monday 5th February is known as ‘National Sickie Day,’ when more employees around the UK are expected to phone in sick than any other day of the year.     Employment law experts the ELAS Group first identified this day in 2011, when it estimated up to 350,000 would call in sick on the first Monday in February, however, they now say it is officially no longer a threat...

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Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?
Jan15

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

  Monday 15th January 2018 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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Make Flexible Learning A Priority in 2018
Dec19

Make Flexible Learning A Priority in 2018

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence   New research from HSBC has highlighted that flexible and remote working practices are more likely to motivate staff and increase workplace productivity than financial incentives.     Nine out of ten employees (89%) surveyed claimed that flexible working is their number one motivator to boost their productivity at work, compared with 77% of respondents who said financial incentives would...

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Ten ways for employers to keep staff motivated in the run up to Christmas
Nov30

Ten ways for employers to keep staff motivated in the run up to Christmas

Christmas is a busy time for businesses owners who are planning ahead for next year and often dealing with reduced staffing levels due to sickness and last minute end of year holiday requests. How can they keep their teams motivated in the run up to Christmas and spread some Christmas cheer? Adrian Lewis, Absence Management Expert at Activ Absence says   “Whilst this is a fun time of year, it can also be stressful for managers and HR...

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Tips for managing stress in the workplace
Nov01

Tips for managing stress in the workplace

Today is Stress Awareness Day , an annual event to raise awareness of this growing issue and promote the importance of wellbeing for individuals and organisations.   A report from the Health and Safety Executive found that in 2016/17 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 40% of all work-related ill health cases and 49% of all working days lost due to ill health – equating to 12.5 million lost working days.   The main factors...

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Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?
Oct10

Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day On World Mental Health Day, absence management expert Adrian Lewis, Director of Codel Software discusses how UK businesses could benefit from utilising tools and technology to tackle employee mental health issues head on.   Adrian highlights that in September research from the NHS claimed that one in three ‘sick notes’ are issued for mental health ,...

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Ryanair’s flight cancellations highlight that businesses must take staff holiday planning seriously
Sep18

Ryanair’s flight cancellations highlight that businesses must take staff holiday planning seriously

Reports that Ryanair has cancelled 82 flights on Sunday and will cancel between 40 and 50 flights every day for the next six weeks because it “messed up” the planning of pilots’ holiday is a situation that could have been avoided with better holiday planning, says absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence. Discussing the holiday planning chaos Ryanair’s Marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said, “We have...

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The art of conducting performance appraisals
Aug24

The art of conducting performance appraisals

The much-maligned system of staff appraisals, scrapped by many, clearly had more of an impact on employee performance than many realised, with even the CIPD noting that where performance reviews were scrapped, staff performance was suffering. When it comes to performance, the UK lags behind many of our European neighbours – so why can’t we get to the bottom of the productivity puzzle? Britain’s output per hour worked is...

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