Tags: sickness absence

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?

What is Blue Monday and how to beat it.

Employees who are finding it increasingly difficult to disconnect from the demands of work in the post-festive season suffer mental health issues.

UK sickness rates at record low

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady rise in the breadth and depth of health and wellbeing programmes in the workplace. Our attention is now not so ergonomic-centric, and instead many HR professionals are looking into how mental health affects our employees at work. But just how many days do we lose to employee absences per year?

New return-to-work service opens to employers

From today, all employers across England and Wales will be able to refer employees facing long-term sickness into the new support service, known as Fit for Work. Designed to help working people who face lengthy sickness absence return to work, Fit for Work provides the services of occupational health professionals to employed people if they…

Nearly a quarter of employees fear boss’ judgement for calling in sick

According to new research by AXA PPP healthcare, 23 percent of employees say they won’t tell their line manager the real reason for their absence when calling in sick because they’re afraid of being judged, whilst a further 15 percent say they’re afraid they won’t be believed. The online survey of 1000 senior business managers,…

Getting ready for the Bank Holiday weekend? Beware ‘barbecue-itis’!

Anyone who manages people will tell you that there are three days where people are more likely than any other to take a sickie – Monday, Friday, and the day after a bank holiday! Adrian Lewis, commercial director for Activ Absence has seen it all over the years and has a few tales to tell. “One…

Are absence levels declining in your business?

A survey by XpertHR has suggested that a slow and steady decline in absence levels among organisations over the past five years appears to have come to a sudden halt. It stated that since 2007, the HR benchmarking tool has reported a year-on-year decline in overall absence levels for employer groups, but the figures for 2012 have…

Special 10% discount to attend the Manage Stress in the Workplace training event

As part of the Mental Health Awareness Week,  Symposium Events is offering a 10% discount on their “Manage Stress in the Workplace”training event. To claim the discount enter Podcast17 in coupon code box on the shopping cart when booking. More information on this event can be found at symposium-training.co.uk

Survey says local Government workers struggling with stress

Eighty-seven per-cent of local Government workers are struggling to cope with increased stress and pressure at work, according to a survey by UNISON. The study of more than 14,000 local Government workers found that 72% feel stress is affecting how well they can do their jobs, while 70% say that workplace stress is affecting their…