How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?
May21

How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?

Employers are facing major long-lasting work challenges following Coronavirus and may need to adopt new ways of managing employees, says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. New research from GoldLeaf[i], a video conferencing company, highlights that 60% of people would like to work from home more often than they did before lockdown. Of these, almost two thirds would like to work from home either two or three times a week, and one...

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How to tackle mental health in the workplace
May19

How to tackle mental health in the workplace

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, exhaustion and depression because they were...

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How businesses can address rising absenteeism resulting from the mental health impact of lockdown
May14

How businesses can address rising absenteeism resulting from the mental health impact of lockdown

New research[i] highlights concerns that home working is causing a rise in employee burnout and ‘e-presenteeism’, with almost three in five (58 per cent) HR managers fearing losing staff to sick leave as a result of the mental health impacts of working in lockdown. The research, conducted by Mental Health Foundation and LinkedIn amongst HR professionals, found that more than half (54 per cent) said that mental health issues such as...

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How technology can help ease the pressure on HR professionals during the Coronavirus pandemic
Apr17

How technology can help ease the pressure on HR professionals during the Coronavirus pandemic

A recent survey from XpertHR found a fifth of HR professionals’ time is spent on administrative tasks[i]. This is likely to have increased significantly due to the Coronavirus. New Government measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus, including the Job Retention Scheme; employees working from home where possible and new rules on carrying over annual leave entitlement for the next two leave years[ii], are significantly adding to the...

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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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