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Christmas Party

The Christmas Party: Five ways Employers can keep things jolly

Overindulgence is part of the festive season. That extra mince pie at the market, the glass of red on a cosy dark night in, the endless sweet treats not to mention the mammoth feast on Christmas day itself! It is very easy to get carried away with it all. Yet there is one place where […]

Handling sickness absence this summer

It’s been a sport-packed summer so far and more to come…Wimbledon, Euros, Olympics, Paralympics. Summer also brings the good weather, which can lead to long hot sunny afternoons. From time to time, employees may ‘pull a sickie’ in order to catch the sporting action, or to spend a day in the sun. “Sickies” can be […]

staff absence

Handling staff absence effectively

Staff sickness can be highly disruptive to a school.  It’s often unpredictable, making it difficult to organise cover, which is often done by other members of staff who take up the strain to fill-in for their absent colleague. Of course, most absences are for genuine reasons and no one would want someone who was ill […]

manage staff during major sporting event

How to manage staff during major sporting events

The 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks off on the 18th September and with England as the host nation, the sense of excitement and anticipation is building. However, as an employer you can find yourself faced with a variety of issues that you wouldn’t normally have to deal with.  What issues may I be faced with? […]

Fit for Work rolling out across the UK

Fit for Work, previously the Health and Work Service, is being re-launched following a review of the country’s sickness absence system. Currently being rolled out nationwide and expected to be fully available by the end of 2015, it will offer free occupational health assistance to employees, employers and GPs. The review, conducted by Dame Carol […]

New National Health and Work Service Launches in Autumn 2014

As the Government prepares for the new National Health and Work Service, which launches in some selected geographical areas from October 2014 (and a full National Service by April 2015), employers will need to get to grips with how the new service will impact on the way in which they manage absences. With the new […]

The difficulties in managing staff sickness absence

Research undertaken by Axa PPP Healthcare on how SMEs deal with staff sickness absence has been highlighted in a recent article by Workplace Law. And it’s not good news. The survey revealed that there is an overall lack of trust between employees and employers on the issue of sickness absence. 60% of bosses in SMEs […]

Managing sickness absence

Workplace Law today reports on a recent study that found only 15% of HR professionals consider absence management to be a main concern, even though 49% agree that managing sickness absence causes problems for their business. The research, conducted by Imperial College Business School and commissioned by PMI Health Group, surveyed HR directors and managers […]

Employee sickness absence – more action needed

As we approach flu season and school children up and down the country swap winter bugs, our thoughts turn again to sickness absence. Personnel Today recently reported that a new survey from the manufacturers’ organisation EEF has found that year-by-year improvements in reducing sickness absence in the sector have stalled despite increased efforts from employers […]

How to implement “trigger points” to help manage absence

It’s important to establish set action points for both short-term and long-term absence as both types can cause difficulties for employers.  If an employee regularly takes one day off, you won’t be able to count on them being in the office when you really need them.  In the case of an employee who has been […]