Sickness absence at a decade high
Jun09

Sickness absence at a decade high

With a new report from XpertHR stating sickness absence rates are at their highest levels in a decade and four in ten employers believe they are too high, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says to address this, companies must get a handle on their absence data. Figures shows that sickness absence had risen from 3.1% in 2021, up from 2.2% in 2020 during the pandemic, with figures at 4.4% in the public sector. This equates to an...

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Check in with employees as cost of living crisis starts to bite, says Activ People HR
May16

Check in with employees as cost of living crisis starts to bite, says Activ People HR

New research from MetLife UK that reveals employees are too worried to take a sick day in case their finances suffer, shows it is essential for businesses to regularly check in with and offer support to their staff says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR. MetLife UK found almost a quarter (23%) of Brits admit to feeling, or have felt, worried about their finances if they were too ill to go to work, with women more...

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Five workplace challenges for pressured HR teams to handle
Apr21

Five workplace challenges for pressured HR teams to handle

As we get into the next financial year, HR is bracing itself to manage fresh challenges in the wake of the pandemic.  The pandemic has had a huge impact on the workplace, not least the rise in remote working and growing concerns around mental health. As businesses start to get back to normal there are several challenges with the potential to overwhelm HR teams.  1. Managing the ‘hybrid’ worker...

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Activ People HR marks St David’s Day launching new Welsh language HR software
Mar03

Activ People HR marks St David’s Day launching new Welsh language HR software

Bridgend based Activ People HR is marking St David’s Day with the launch of a Welsh version of its Activ People HR Software. This is the 10th language version of its suite of flexible online HR solutions and the company wants to support Welsh businesses and enable their staff to use the technology in their preferred or native language. Research last year by language app Preply predicts the number of Welsh language speakers to increase...

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Why National Sickie Day is an opportunity for businesses to step up mental health support
Feb07

Why National Sickie Day is an opportunity for businesses to step up mental health support

Research tells us that more ‘sickies’ are likely to be pulled on Monday 7th February, commonly known as ‘National Sickie Day,’ than any time of the year. While people are typically more ill during the winter months, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says employers should be vigilant and monitor whether sickies are signs of more serious employee mental health issues, as this is a growing concern for businesses. Mental health...

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Tips for helping workers combat the January blues
Jan17

Tips for helping workers combat the January blues

Blue Monday’, 17 January – billed as the most depressing day of the year – Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR stresses the importance of employers looking out for mental health issues amongst employees, after almost two years of Covid-19. Lewis says, “Although Blue Monday is unofficially seen as the most depressing day of the year, it’s a useful marker for reminding employers to keep an eye on people’s mental...

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Looking after employees mental health is vital in 2022 says Activ People HR
Jan05

Looking after employees mental health is vital in 2022 says Activ People HR

A new report by GoodShape[i] has revealed that mental health issues were the main reason for people taking time off work this year – with people taking on average 18.8 days off.  They also highlight that over half of workers (54%) o who take two or more mental health-related absences, will go on to leave their jobs. Given these statistics, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR says it’s more important than ever for...

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Why rewarding staff is more important than ever this year
Dec09

Why rewarding staff is more important than ever this year

With more than three quarters (76.4%) of UK professionals intending to look for a new job in 2022 according to a new survey by CV-Library[i], Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR advises that rewarding staff and showing appreciation could be key to retention and has never been more important this festive season. This follows a warning from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and  KPMG[ii] in...

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Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?
Nov25

Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?

After the lifting of COVID-19 there is still reluctance by some workers to return to the office and a growing need for firms to offer flexibility in working patterns to retain and recruit staff, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR. New data from XpertHR has revealed that 97% of UK organisations have deployed some form of hybrid working, and, despite the trend for employers to call for return to a largely office-based future...

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Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?
Nov01

Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?

After the relaxation of the rules for travel abroad last month, Thomas Cook[i] reported that half-term bookings were up by 200% and are also expecting a surge in Christmas bookings after the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said the changes would last “at least” until the beginning of 2022[ii]. Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says that managing a big rise in holiday requests, as the year comes to an end will be a major...

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Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health
Oct08

Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health

With World Mental Health Day[i] on 10th October, Adrian Lewis Commercial Director at Activ People HR is urging businesses to be mindful of their employees’ mental wellbeing and particularly as they return to the office. A survey by McKinsey in June highlighted that whilst many people welcome the return to on-site work, one-third said their return to work has had a negative impact on their mental health. Also, almost half of those who...

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Overcoming the return to the office challenges
Oct05

Overcoming the return to the office challenges

This September saw large numbers of employees finally heading head back to the office, and now employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice in the long term, says Adrian Lewis from Activ People HR. Recent research from LifeSearch highlighted that  44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with...

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A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work
Sep09

A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work

As workers head back to the office after the summer holidays, many employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice long term, says Adrian Lewis from Active Absence. According to recent research by LifeSearch, 44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with 46% saying they would rather be full-time...

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Heightened work pressures and remote working create demand for HR cloud-based technology
Aug05

Heightened work pressures and remote working create demand for HR cloud-based technology

The increase in companies offering remote and hybrid working is leading to rising demand for HR cloud-based technology to ease the pressures on HR teams, says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. New figures from LinkedIn[i] show that remote job postings advertised on the platform have increased substantially across all industries – with some sectors recording five to 19 times the level of remote work postings compared...

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How businesses can manage the ‘pingdemic’ as Covid-19 cases rise
Jul21

How businesses can manage the ‘pingdemic’ as Covid-19 cases rise

With businesses increasingly concerned about staff shortages following a rise in people self-isolating after being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace App, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence says employers need to urgently plan for disruption and put systems in place to monitor staff absence so they can cope. New research from the CIPD[i] has found that almost six in ten (57%) HR professionals have said they have...

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