Tags: sickness

Dean Forbes: Minimising employee absence should be a year-round effort

The first Monday in February has traditionally been the day when people are most likely to pull a sickie – how can we put an end to it?

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,…

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…

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…

Staff absences surge after big sporting events so plan for that, says Neil Pickering

“As well as National Sickie Day, yesterday was also the day after the Super Bowl – an event that has become associated with late nights and drinking, even in the UK. So, as well as a high level of employee absence, businesses can also expect to see an increase in staff lateness. In fact, Channel 4 has…

´National Sickie Day´provides some far-fetched excuses

Employment law expert ELAS is warning bosses to be wary of far-fetched absence excuses as ‘National Sickie Day’ approaches, after an estimated 375,000 UK workers took the day off last year. Research from ELAS has shown that a combination of miserable weather, commuting in the dark, post-Christmas credit card bills and the long gap between…

Bereaved people being failed by lack of support in the workplace

Bereaved people across Britain are being failed by a lack of support including in the workplace, according to a new report published by the National Council for Palliative Care, in partnership with the Dying Matters Coalition which it leads and the National Bereavement Alliance. Today’s report, ‘Life after death: six steps to improve support in…

20% of UK workers call in sick due to ‘winter blues’ or SAD

9.6 million work days are lost each year as a result of employees suffering from the ‘winter blues’ or Seasonal Affective Disorder, reveals new research from Epson. The survey of over 1,000 UK office workers, carried out by Opinium, finds that 20% of Brits admit to calling in sick because of the winter blues and,…

60% of bosses don’t believe their employees when they call in sick

Three in five (60 per cent) of bosses of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) don’t always believe their employees when they call in sick, according to new research. Over a third of bosses (37 per cent) admit to checking social media profiles of staff they suspect of ‘pulling a sickie’ and one in four…

Scottish workers are the UK’s most stressed

We are a nation of stressed staff – eating lunch ‘al desko’ as well as working overtime, through holidays and even when we’re ill, according to new research. The Big Work Survey of 2,000 UK working adults and 500 senior decision makers across Great Britain found businesses could be storing up ‘bigger problems down the line’ because 64 per…

Aviva launches backtobetter to help employees get better, quicker

Over 40,000 corporate PMI members have benefited from Aviva’s musculoskeletal (MSK) rehabilitation services Reduction in MSK costs across a number of corporate PMI clients of more than 20% seen, when claims managed by unique end-to-end service Approach delivers high quality outcomes for customers, while managing healthcare spend and workplace absence   Aviva has launched a…