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Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse?

According to a report by ERS Research and Consultancy, sickness absence costs UK businesses an estimated £29bn annually with the average worker taking 6.6 days off each year. It can cause a range of problems: work doesn’t get done or remaining employees can get over-worked, there can be a drop-off in productivity, things can fall through the cracks.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis | Published: 3 March 2018

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What were the worst excuses for absence in 2017?

Employees are most likely to call in sick between 7-8am, with 7am on Monday 11th Dec coming in as the hour with the highest number of sick calls. It's important to note that this date had the highest overall absence rate out of the year and was the day on which the UK saw widespread snow.

Contributor: Enrique Garcia | Published: 15 February 2018

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Worst absence excuses

Over half (52.5 percent) of UK employees feel guilty about taking sick days, with the majority (50.6 percent) stating that this is because they are leaving their team in the lurch. This is according to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, which found that women feel most guilty about sick leave (60.5 percent).

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 11 July 2017

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Presenteeism is the new absenteeism

To coincide with ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’, global office solutions brand, Fellowes, has published new research urging business leaders to tackle the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ across Britain.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis | Published: 3 May 2017

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Absenteeism getting worse

Recent research from Legal and General[i] highlighted that 68 per cent of UK employers claimed that absenteeism is a growing cost issue for their business. Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis | Published: 13 March 2017

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Bereavement leave: How long is long enough?

Recent news revealed that Facebook has doubled its bereavement leave policy for employees. The new policy entitles bereaved staff members to 20 days paid leave, to allow them time to mourn the loss of an immediate family member. Article from Rosie Briley for Damsons Future Planning.

Contributor: Philip De Ste Croix | Published: 28 February 2017

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Avoiding a ruck during the Six Nations

HR Managers may not care too much about rugby, but the this year's Six Nations tournament will bring HR challenges. Adrian Lewis, absence management expert and Director of HR software company Activ Absence gives his top tips to help HR Managers stay in control as the Six Nations Tournament begins.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis | Published: 8 February 2017