Tags: Absence

Experts warn stress is the modern day plague

Stress is now the most common cause of long-term sickness absence from the workplace, according to a new survey. New figures reveal for the first time that stress now causes the majority of serious health problems for both manual and non-manual workers, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have discovered. They also found that…

Employers agree that staying away from the office reduces absenteeism

Organisations looking to revolutionise the workplace, reduce absenteeism and slash the overhead of office space should start with the small steps of helping employees to work at home ad hoc, according to a study of 10 major employers, including Barclays, Unilever, Nationwide and the Civil Service, led by Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA). Informal working from…

New technology could result in staff taking fewer ‘sickies’

Figures released by the TUC suggest there are now 3.7 million home workers in the UK. InTechnology, leading provider of cloud based managed services believes this number will continue to grow as more organisations embrace cloud technology. Over the last 10 years significant investment has been made in developing the UK’s digital infrastructure, with many…

Royal parks foundation launches corporate challenge element in half marathon event

With UK businesses losing £17 billion1 last year through staff absence, many employers are seeking ways to improve employee engagement to reduce the financial burden unauthorised absences create. Recent studies have suggested that companies promoting exercise and a healthier lifestyle are likely to benefit from reduced absenteeism in the workplace, so the Royal Parks Foundation,…

One in three workers openly admit to skiving

One in three UK workers admit lying to take time off work, mainly because they’re disillusioned with their jobs. While good weather, hangovers, and romance are motivations for 11%, 18% and 5 % of “skivers” respectively, the majority (61%) claim they are simply bored and depressed with work. Statistics show that boredom and depression at…

Long-term absence is not only an issue for over two-thirds of employers (69%) – it can also have a major impact on their staff, says a news report from Aviva UK Health. In a survey conducted to identify both employee and employer concerns about absence issues, Aviva has found that staff sickness frequently causes low…

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…

Workers face the sack for admitting they feel stressed

New evidence presented by Mind, suggests that workers who admit to feeling stressed or depressed fear being sacked or forced out of their jobs. Research for Mind’s Taking care of business campaign found that at present, work is the most stressful thing in people’s lives, but 1 in 5 people believe that if they mentioned…

Friday 13th: Have your colleagues avoided work because its unlucky?

Is your office strangely empty today? Are those that have come in acting a little strangely? Today is Friday 13th and a time of terror for many workers. Millions avoid making any arrangements on Friday 13th that could possibly go wrong. Planes fly relatively empty. Investments and business deals are deferred for another day. Some…

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed government plans to review sickness absence and the effect it has on British businesses. In a new survey carried out by CIPD and private healthcare firm Simplyhealth, the average number of days taken off work each year due to ill health was found to be…

New research has indicated that UK firms could be hit with a growing number of employment tribunals over the next few months, as more companies freeze pay and increase working hours. According to a survey from law firm Speechly Bircham and King's College London, more than half of businesses questioned had observed a rise in…

Its official, HRreview on linked in has exceeds 1000 members

We are very proud to announce that our HRreview group on LinkedIn has recently accepted its 1000th member. From all of us at HRreview we would like to say a huge thank you to all who have joined our group, HRreview, news views and more. The LinkedIn group was set up to provide a constant…

Flexible working benefits employers, expert claims

An expert has added her voice to the growing calls for the extension of flexible working rights and stressed that such arrangements can bring tangible benefits to both employers and staff. Gill Trevelyan, head of good practice services at advisory body Acas, explained that flexible working can have a positive impact on relations between bosses…

January sees record high of sickness absence

It appears that the first couple of weeks of January 2011 have been the busiest time for employees to call in sick, warns the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP). According to the latest figures from the Health Protection Agency, levels of seasonal flu may be starting to peak in England, Wales and Scotland*. Furthermore,…