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In a recent survey of 190 UK business leaders by careerbuilders.com, Half of UK employers have admitted to checking up on employee’s who call in sick. Just fewer than 10 per cent of respondents claimed that they had driven past their employee’s home to check if they were faking sickness.  Thirteen percent admitted to firing…

Communication is keys to managing employee absenteeism

The majority of managers believe that taking immediate action and offering support are key to managing persistent absentees. That’s according to an online survey of senior managers conducted by technical and engineering recruiter CBSbutler through its monthly Bulletpoint management newsletter. Just over a third of managers felt that ‘return to work interviews’ were key, and…

Absenteeism costing UK business £32 billion a year, says PWC

UK workers have an average (median) 10 days unscheduled absence from their jobs each year, around twice that of their counterparts in the US (5.5 days) and Asia-Pacific (4.5 days), but on a par with Western Europe (9.7 days). Sickness accounts for around 80% of absence, which also covers jury service and compassionate leave. With…

New claims could increase for mobile injury

A law firm has predicted a rise in claims for ‘new’ conditions such as ‘BlackBerry thumb’ and ‘popcorn lungs’. Roberts Jackson Solicitors said increased awareness of conditions such as these could see a rise in compensation claims against employers. ‘BlackBerry thumb’ is a type of RSI caused by over-use of a mobile phone such as…

Employers unsure how to deal with long term sickness absence

New research from Aviva UK Health has revealed how business owners feel torn between their emotions and business duties when dealing with employees on long term leave of absence. Nearly half of employers (50%) questioned in the 360 degree study consider long term sick leave to be an issue for their business with 27% admitting…