Businesses should prepare for a surge in holiday bookings & ensure they have digital systems in place
Feb26

Businesses should prepare for a surge in holiday bookings & ensure they have digital systems in place

Over the next few months employers can expect to be inundated with annual leave requests warns Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence, who says this makes it more important than ever to have robust systems in place to manage these requests and prevent HR getting overloaded. Following the Government’s announcement[i] on 22 February of how they will ease lockdown restrictions in England, holiday companies have reported a large rise in...

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Mental health-related workplace absenteeism costs soared to £14bn in 2020
Feb11

Mental health-related workplace absenteeism costs soared to £14bn in 2020

The impact of the nation’s deteriorating mental health from Covid-19 lockdowns and other restrictions cost UK businesses £14bn last year, according to an exclusive study by Westfield Health. The cost of absenteeism from work due to mental health reasons increased last year by £1.3bn from 2019’s totals as work from home, travel restrictions, furlough and pay cuts changed the workplace for millions of people across the UK. However, this...

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Absence management technology helps GPs & pharmacies manage sick leave as vaccine roll-out ramps up
Feb08

Absence management technology helps GPs & pharmacies manage sick leave as vaccine roll-out ramps up

With GP practices and pharmacies under increasing pressure from the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out and the pandemic, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence says that absence management technology can help be an essential tool at this busy time to help them get on top of sick leave, reduce the cost of absences, and manage staff shortages. A BMA Covid-19 tracker survey[i] last October revealed that staff shortages were a concern...

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Managing the challenges of ‘hybrid-working’ post pandemic
Dec07

Managing the challenges of ‘hybrid-working’ post pandemic

COVID-19 has accelerated workplace trends of working from home as well as a ‘hybrid-working’ – a combination of home and office working, which is set to continue in 2021. However Adrian Lewis from Activ Absence warns employers need robust policies and tools in place to ensure this is managed successfully. This comes as a new survey from Resilience First[i] highlighted that more than half of remote workers are now suffering from...

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How not to underestimate the cost of employee absence to your business
Nov26

How not to underestimate the cost of employee absence to your business

A new survey into sickness absence rates and costs highlights an upward trend in the number of sick days an employee typical takes, with many employers underestimating the cost of absenteeism, something Adrian Lewis from Activ Absence is urging employers to address.  The research from XpertHR[i] shows that the UK’s median absence rate has risen slightly from 2.5% of working time in 2018, to 2.7% – translating to 6.4 days’...

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Why managing stress must be a priority for employers during COVID-19
Nov02

Why managing stress must be a priority for employers during COVID-19

In International Stress Awareness Week (2nd – 6th Nov 2020)[i] Adrian Lewis from Activ Absence is urging employers to ensure they have effective systems in place to spot and manage stress in their workforce, especially as many are working remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest October figures from the Office for National Statistics[ii] suggest that of the people who said their wellbeing had been affected by the...

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How can companies manage a fragmented workforce during this winter of upheaval?
Oct23

How can companies manage a fragmented workforce during this winter of upheaval?

Wales is going into a ‘firebreak’ lockdown from Friday[i]. Other areas of the UK are in different tiers of the new Covid tier system, with several northern regions now living under the most severe restrictions of tier 3. Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence, says as the situation is continually evolving, employers will find the next few months hugely challenging. Adrian says, “While the government’s advice is for people to work...

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Why managing absence will be key post pandemic
Oct15

Why managing absence will be key post pandemic

New Employee Benefits Healthcare research[i] has revealed that just under half (41%) of employers has a strategy in place to manage employee absence, with this figure hardly changing over the past three years. Interestingly though a further fifth say they are planning to introduce an absence management strategy, this represents a fall on the proportion that were planning to do so in previous years. Responding to the research, Adrian...

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How to Help Staff Post Virus: The Impact of Mental Health Issues on the UK Workforce
Oct07

How to Help Staff Post Virus: The Impact of Mental Health Issues on the UK Workforce

The coronavirus pandemic has created a mental health crisis in the UK and the outbreak is now having a significant impact on our workforce says psychotherapist Noel McDermott. Mental ill health cost the economy £5.4 billion back in 2015 with 91% of those who developed mental health problems at work never returned to the workforce[1].  Now is the time to plan for post viral mental health issues and the productivity issues...

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Mental health “perfect storm” will affect millions this Winter
Sep28

Mental health “perfect storm” will affect millions this Winter

A “perfect storm” of mental health stresses is being created with lockdowns, economic anxiety, enforced social distancing, poor weather and isolation – meaning millions of home workers will suffer in silence this Winter. The UK is possibly facing its biggest ever mental health crisis since the WWII this Winter as a combination of many factors will contribute to the low mood and poor mental health of millions of employees working from...

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How tracking absenteeism can help tackle mental health in the workplace post Covid-19
Sep17

How tracking absenteeism can help tackle mental health in the workplace post Covid-19

In the run up to World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence is calling on employers to offer better support for staff who may be suffering from mental health issues, which are amplified this year due to Covid-19. Recent analysis by the charity, Centre for Mental Health[i] suggests that at least half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill health as a result of the global...

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Lockdown Loneliness Hits Young Workers Hard
Sep16

Lockdown Loneliness Hits Young Workers Hard

Despite increased appetite in the UK for remote working practices to continue into the future, the disconnection from the day-to-day social interactions of the workplace and the encroachment of work on our home lives has seen feelings of loneliness and isolation take hold, in a workforce already struggling to adapt to the challenge of the ‘new normal’.1   According to a new survey by leading UK job board Totaljobs, almost...

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Over half of UK workers haven’t received mental health support despite rise in anxiety, study reveals
Sep15

Over half of UK workers haven’t received mental health support despite rise in anxiety, study reveals

A survey carried out by mental health organisation, TalkOut, has revealed that 56% of UK workers haven’t received any mental health support or advice from their employer since the pandemic hit in March. The study – which surveyed 1,500 UK workers – found that 68% of respondents had felt anxious and apprehensive about returning to work, while 35% said that their mental health is worse now compared to before the pandemic. On top of...

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Why employers should be embracing flexible working for new Dads post Covid-19
Sep04

Why employers should be embracing flexible working for new Dads post Covid-19

One in five (19%) new dads have faked illness at work to take care of the children and 20% of dads have changed jobs to better reconcile work and family obligations, according to a new report from telecommunications firm PowWowNow[i]. Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence says, “Many men want to take a more active role caring for their children, and some are even prepared to leave their job to find an employer that better supports...

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Employee sickness absence rates rise
Sep03

Employee sickness absence rates rise

A median 2.7% of working time was lost to sickness in 2019, up from 2.5% in 2018, according to the latest data from XpertHR. This translates to 6.4 days per employee across the UK, up from 5.6 days in 2018. Despite the slight increase, overall sickness absence rates remain some way off the high rates of 2006, when XpertHR first started gathering data, and the median percentage of working time lost to sickness absence has not risen...

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