Tags: Absence

Talk Talk install new Biometric Staff Attendance system

Leading telecom company Talk Talk, has just installed a new digital time and attendance system at its Solihull headquarters and five of it’s regional shops. The system provided by The Bodet Group uses networked biometric scanners to acquire real time staff attendance data to reduce HR administration time and improve workforce management. Talk Talk’s business…

Acas urges employers to monitor sickness absence during World Cup

Workplace expert, Acas, has launched new guidance today to help employers prepare for potential issues that could arise over the World Cup period. The 2014 World Cup will take place in Brazil between Thursday 12 June and Sunday 13 July. Acas advises employers and small businesses to have agreements in place that cover requests for time off,…

2.4 million employees would consider taking a sick day during World Cup

Nearly one in ten (8%) employees would consider taking a sick day when they are not ill during the World Cup, according to the latest research from Canada Life Group Insurance. Replicated in the working population, this equates to 2.4 million employees, suggesting a significant loss to productivity across the country should staff decide to…

Workers in open plan offices took 70% more sick days last year than home-workers

Despite being the most common working environment, open plan offices may actually be detrimental to employee health, wellbeing and productivity, according to recent Canada Life Group Insurance research. When asked to rank how easy it is to be healthy and productive in their working environment, employees in open plan offices gave an average score of…

Absence one of most common reasons for failing probation period

Almost one in five workers (18%) have had their probation period extended or failed according to new research from Spring Personnel. The research which surveyed both employees and managers nationwide found poor performance is the most common reason employers cite for failing new employees (62%).  Absence is also a common reason for failing a probation, accounting for…

Taylor Vinters provides guidance on managing sickness absence at its HR Forum

Taylor Vinters’ top-rated employment team held its latest HR Forum in London and Cambridge last month, focussing on how to manage sickness absence and, in particular, the new state-funded occupational health service. It is estimated that working-age ill health costs the national economy £100 billion each year and employers face an annual bill of around…

Employers urged to ‘influence employees thinking’ when it comes to stress

The growing problem of stress-related absence at work won’t be tackled unless organisations start to think differently about stress, according to a new whitepaper from Right Management Workplace Wellness released today. The whitepaper urges employers to recognise that understanding the process which employees go through in deciding whether to go to work or not is…

Over a third of employers have noticed an improvement in absence rates

New research from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the trade body for the group risk industry, suggests that more than a third (34%) of UK employers have seen their absence rates improve over the last 12 months in comparison with only 16% who said their absence rates have worsened. UK employers have echoed the sentiment of…

If an employee tells you they are at the Doctors…they may well be going for a job interview

A new global poll conducted by Monster, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. finds that 44% of respondents consider telling their boss they have a medical appointment to be the best excuse to leave work for a job interview. Another health related excuse, illness, was the…

Martyn Anwyl: Tackling domestic violence: is it part of your wellness programme?

Asking an organisation to consider focussing on building greater awareness about domestic violence (DV) as well as its prevention, as one area of their health and wellness programme, often raises concerns. “That’s a HR issue” or “we don’t have an issue with domestic violence here” or “what happens outside of the office is not our…