Tags: Absence

Poppy Jaman: Why employers should consider investing in mental health

Mental ill health in the workplace is a growing issue with one in six working age adults experiencing depression, anxiety or stress-related issues at any one time. With World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is calling on employers to find out how they can support the mental wellbeing of their staff.

Dr Yousef Habbab: Calling HR! Better wellness for better business health

Workplace wellbeing is a concept which has come of age. Twenty years ago, it scarcely registered on the boardroom agenda but today, spurred on by the recession and relentless pressure of globalisation, interest in the subject has mushroomed. But what is workplace wellbeing and why should HR professionals be sitting up and taking notice?

Are businesses ready to be open about stress in the workplace?

You already know that the biggest causes of absence from work are stress related, but did you know this costs the UK economy a whopping £7 billion per year? Aside from the cost, stress is a tricky area to manage, often occurring with little warning and no instant remedy. Over recent years individuals have become more open about personal struggles with mental health, but are businesses ready to do the same?

Anna Shields: How conflict resolution and mediation can decrease workplace absence

Workplace absenteeism has a massive impact on UK business. Whilst employers expect employees to miss a certain number of days a year due to coughs, colds and minor illnesses, excessive absences can lead to decreased productivity and a negative impact on an organisation’s bottom line. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that 131…

Reducing labour costs through absence management

Excessive employee absences can have numerous negative impacts on the business, from lost productivity and unnecessary costs, to a diminished employer brand and decreased employee engagement and retention.  Although absence is inevitable, some number of absences taken could be preventable through better policies or enforcement.  As such, now is the time for organisations to take…

A third of employers report increased levels of absence for staff with caring responsibilities

More than one in three employers report that absence levels have increased because their staff are struggling to cope with their caring responsibilities outside of work. But, new figures from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, show that just one in six organisations have policies in place to help achieve a…