The management of employee absence and the benchmarking of absence rates is a key issue for employers. Employers need to maximise the days that your employees come to work and minimise the number of days that they are absent.

Apart from the potential cost of absence within an organisation, there are also issues around motivation of staff, disruption to the business, an adverse effect on customer service levels, and loss of productivity, profitability and business.


Sickness absence rates remain stable

Absence rates continued to remain stable during 2015, XpertHR’s annual sickness absence benchmarking survey has revealed.
Employees took 5.8 days’...

Bevan: "I’m a bit of a cynic about benchmarking. It’s a little like driving a car by looking through the rear-view mirror"

“HR professionals are still the people who tell you that you can’t do something”

7 Sep 2016

Stephen Bevan answers questions on evidence-based HR, perverse performance management and how technology is changing work.

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Dealing with commuter disruption caused by strikes

19 Aug 2016

Strike action across the rail networks has made it a struggle to get to work for many this summer. What...

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The webinar will look at all forms of leave, genuine or not.

Leave and absence: managing attendance fairly (webinar)

21 Jun 2016

ON DEMAND | What happens when employees take holiday, fall sick, or have other reasons that affect their attendance?

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Take part in the UK’s largest absence survey

2 Jun 2016

High absence rates can have a damaging impact on the health of organisations. This is your chance to benchmark your...

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Employers’ guide to Euro 2016: six ways to avoid an own goal

24 May 2016

How to make Euro 2016 work for you: the employers' guide to managing absence, avoiding discrimination and maintaining productivity during this summer's football...

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Employer withdrew job offer due to sickness absence

9 May 2016

An employment tribunal held that a nurse was the victim of discrimination arising from disability, after her prospective employer withdrew...

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Seven tips for preparing a redundancy selection criteria matrix

19 Jan 2016

An employer that has identified a pool of employees at risk of redundancy must follow a fair procedure when deciding...

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Expensive employment tribunal awards: six-figure sums in 2015

6 Jan 2016

While employment tribunal fees have drastically reduced the number of cases and typical awards for claimants are generally four-figure sums,...

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Royal Museums Greenwich had warned the claimant a number of times about arriving late

Museum worker fairly dismissed for persistent lateness at work

4 Jan 2016

A museum was found to have fairly dismissed a worker during a crackdown on persistent lateness at work, after he...

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Court of Appeal: disregarding disabled employee’s absence trigger was not reasonable adjustment

10 Dec 2015

It was not a reasonable adjustment for an employer to disregard absence triggers...

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All Work and No Play? Not For Today’s Teams…

9 Nov 2015

PROMOTED BrightHR and Robertson Cooper’s It Pays to Play Report Reveals Growing Importance of Workplace Fun – and Highlights Key Benefits to Employers

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£30,000 for DWP employee dismissed for disability absences

9 Nov 2015

An employment tribunal awarded more than £30,000 to a public-sector worker who was dismissed after disability absences meant she exceeded...

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While often associated with fun, some aspects of Halloween in the workplace can cause offence.

Halloween in the workplace: five legal issues to scare employers

26 Oct 2015

Halloween is becoming an increasingly extravagant and high-profile event in the UK, having traditionally lagged behind US celebrations each October....

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England's Jonny May tackles Eoin Reddan of Ireland at a warm-up game for the Rugby World Cup 2015. Photo: Javier Garcia/BPI/REX

Rugby World Cup 2015: guidance for employers

8 Sep 2015

The Rugby World Cup 2015 begins on 18 September and ends with the final at Twickenham on 31 October. While...

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