New survey findings from the CIPD, as well as academic research of my own, highlights the significant and growing problem of presenteeism in the UK. HR Directors are understandably concerned by the finding that sickness presenteeism is at least twice as common as sickness absence; employees are spending an average 2.5 weeks a year at work despite feeling unwell.
Published: 23 May 2018
People coming into work when they are ill also known as ‘Presenteeism’ has more than tripled since 2010, with 86 percent of employees admitting they had observed Presenteeism in the workplace. Presenteeism from Mental Health alone is estimated to cost the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, compared to £8.4 billion per annum for absenteeism.
Published: 21 May 2018
Whisper it, but things may just be moving in a more positive direction for employee engagement. Contributor Dr Paul Brewerton, Managing Director - Strengths Partnership.
For the last three years, the CIPD has reported a small year on year increase in job satisfaction amongst UK employees across all sectors, modest in the private sector and more marked in the public sector. While overall, net satisfaction (calculated by subtracting the dissatisfied 16 percent from the satisfied 64 percent) hovers around 48 percent, this has increased from a low of just 40 percent two years ago (CIPD, 2017).
Published: 16 May 2018
Workplace ‘presenteeism’ is a growing obstacle for employers in 2018. Although employers may theoretically be pleased that their employees are choosing to attend work instead of staying at home due to sickness, its negative effects are now becoming increasingly clear.
Published: 13 May 2018
Every day more and more people tell Alexa to turn on the TV, play their favorite music or read them the news. It all seems so simple. Don’t you just wish it was that easy for Alexa to motivate your employees on your command? Maybe it is… Contributor Kate Devlin.
Published: 12 May 2018
Presenteeism is very much a factor in the UK workplace. This was evident in recent research, conducted by Canada Life Group Insurance, which found that rather than miss work almost half of UK employees would turn up sick with a stomach bug or flu – despite the risk of spreading illness to their colleagues.
Published: 4 April 2018
According to a recent report published by Investors in People, 47 percent of employees are looking to move jobs in 2018 – almost half of the UK’s workforce – while around 18 percent are actively looking for new employment. On top of that, most respondents also believe that the UK job market has worsened (19 percent) or not improved (33 percent) over the last year.
Published: 8 February 2018
Restaurant chain Cattle Grid began in and around London, and is now expanding across the UK. The company decided that HR needed to prioritise employee experience, in order to build on that all-important customer experience and to meet growing expectations and competition and to drive this ambitious business forwards.
Published: 29 January 2018
Organisations that have good employee engagement generally thrive. This is because an engaged workforce has the commitment and pride in the organisation to willingly go the extra mile and actively want to stay with the organisation to build their career. What challenges do organisations and HR leaders face when striving to achieve engagement?
Published: 9 January 2018
Rather than technology driving the human out of the organisation, innovative HR teams in dispersed organisations are using their technology to create organisational relationships that are more human than ever.
Published: 24 December 2017