How businesses can manage flexible working at scale
Mar17

How businesses can manage flexible working at scale

As the Covid-19 situation continues to escalate many UK companies are having to quickly implement flexible and work from home policies. However, many companies are unprepared for flexible working on this scale. A recent whitepaper from global recruiter Robert Walters, A Smart Workplace for the Workforce of the Future found that 48% of businesses in the UK are not set up to be able to accommodate employees working from home[i]. Recent...

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‘Self-isolation’ – what it means and its impact for employers and their employees’ rights
Feb27

‘Self-isolation’ – what it means and its impact for employers and their employees’ rights

Up until a week ago many of us had probably never heard the term ‘self-isolation’. Today, however, not a day goes by without us being aware of people who have been asked or chosen to isolate themselves in order to try and minimise the spread of the Corona virus. What impact does this have on workers’ rights and their pay?  Bethan Mack, Solicitor at DAS Law has the answers. As an employer, can I refuse to pay the salary of an...

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Poor mental health, hangovers and laziness – the top ‘sickie’ excuses costing businesses money
Feb03

Poor mental health, hangovers and laziness – the top ‘sickie’ excuses costing businesses money

On National Sickie Day[i], the first Monday of February which according to statistics is the day when most ‘sickies’ are pulled, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence is calling on employers to track and monitor absence to avoid huge costs to their business. New research by Viking Office Supplies highlights that 56% of workers in the past year have pulled a sickie, costing UK businesses £5.6 billion[ii]. This is despite the Office...

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These are the sectors most likely to ‘Pull a Sickie’
Jan30

These are the sectors most likely to ‘Pull a Sickie’

This year’s National Sickie Day falls on the 3rd of February, with researchers predicting it will cost employers £34million in total. There was an estimated 350,000 absences* from work on the first Monday of February last year, indicating this is when employees are most likely to call in sick, leaving employers unsure whether they are telling the truth or not. Savoy Stewart wanted to determine which sector is most likely to pull a...

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Employees Lying About Being Sick Cost UK Businesses £5.6 Billion in 2019
Jan29

Employees Lying About Being Sick Cost UK Businesses £5.6 Billion in 2019

UK workers who lied to take a sick day from work cost UK businesses £5.6 billion in 2019, a recent study done by office suppliers Viking has revealed.   On average, employees reported that they weren’t actually sick for 38% of the sick days they took off last year, resulting in 51.9 million fake sick days were being taken in 2019*. With the average sickness absence costing £107.85,...

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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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Mental Health Sick Days: Are young people ignoring their mental health for fear of being labelled a ‘Snowflake’?
Nov11

Mental Health Sick Days: Are young people ignoring their mental health for fear of being labelled a ‘Snowflake’?

Despite the increased openness around mental health, Milkround – the leading graduate job board – has found that workers are still shying away from admitting to their struggles with colleagues.  Exactly half of all UK workers admit to suffering from mental ill health, a figure that alarmingly rises when exploring age ranges. A...

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More than half of UK senior managers secretly think a worker with mental health issues is a liability
Oct14

More than half of UK senior managers secretly think a worker with mental health issues is a liability

The study of British senior managers found that 51 percent admit that they consider a worker who is mentally unwell to be a liability, with 65 percent saying they thought talking about mental health at work was a sign of weakness. A fifth admit they have felt in the past that a member of staff who claimed to be mentally unwell was only saying so because they weren’t good at their job, 21 percent that they were using it as an excuse to...

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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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Top tips for Managing Absence in Education by Activ Absence
Sep03

Top tips for Managing Absence in Education by Activ Absence

September has arrived, and with that all the children are getting ready or have already gone back to school. One of the main issues that the educational sector has throughout the school year is managing staff absence. Leading absence management software provider Activ Absence, has put together 10 Top Tips below: 1. Publish absence policies and procedures The organisations who are most effective at managing sickness absence have a set...

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Leaders need mental health support too
Aug06

Leaders need mental health support too

While statistics are widely publicised about the number of employees that are likely to struggle with their mental wellbeing, recent events are a stark reminder that leaders also need support for their mental health. Jamie Oliver tweeted that he was ‘devastated’ that his restaurants went into administration, Theresa May has ‘deep regret’ that she couldn’t succeed in her role. And the effects can be felt long-term: Gerald Ratner has...

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Mental health at work: how SMEs can play their part
May29

Mental health at work: how SMEs can play their part

Guest blog by By Joel Beverley, Co-founder at RotaCloud According to the Mental Health Foundation, 70 million work days are lost a year in the UK due to mental health problems, effectively costing employers around £2.4 billion per year. Workplace stress or issues going on at home can have a massive impact on an employee’s productivity. Employers shouldn’t see it as beyond their control to help struggling staff members and, as a...

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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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Workers under 30 most likely to suffer from stress and poor mental health during winter
Mar25

Workers under 30 most likely to suffer from stress and poor mental health during winter

The end of winter may be in sight, but its effect on mental wellbeing – especially in younger workers – could have a lasting impact for the rest of the year, according to new research from Canada Life Group Insurance. Over half (55%) of workers under 30 are more stressed than usual during the winter months, compared to half (49%) of all employees. One in three (29%) younger workers are also more likely to be depressed during the...

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Small Business, Big Stress
Mar07

Small Business, Big Stress

New research reports soaring stress levels among UK’s small businesses Heavy workloads and economic uncertainty underpin the stress of running an SMB 48 per cent of SMBs do not do enough to promote mental health policies to their employees Small business stress is causing sleepless nights (41 per cent), more alcohol consumption (21 per cent) and arguments at home (13 per cent) 29 per cent of SMB owners say their business can adapt to...

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