Absence

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.


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Royal Mail keeps on 10,000 temporary workers

11 Feb 2021

Royal Mail Group has retained almost a third of the temporary workers it took on for Christmas.

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Car worker who missed 808 shifts wins unfair dismissal decision

4 Jan 2021

A Jaguar Land Rover worker who was absent for 808 shifts in 20 years has won his legal battle over unfair dismissal.

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Personnel Today Awards 2020: HR Team of the Year shortlist

23 Nov 2020

The Personnel Today Awards winners will be announced on Thursday. Our final shortlist spotlight centres on the teams in the...

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Employment law: Seven key tasks for HR in 2021

11 Nov 2020

2020 was the year that HR was required to react to the unexpected, but it’s now time to plan for...

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Low paid workers will receive £13 per day to self-isolate

27 Aug 2020

Workers on low incomes in parts of England with high rates of Covid-19 will be able to claim £13 per...

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‘Be understanding’ of staff self-isolating after trips abroad

14 Aug 2020

Employers should ‘be understanding’ of employees who have been forced to self-isolate following a trip abroad, the government has said,...

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CBI demands ‘no surprises’ approach to managing local lockdowns

7 Aug 2020

The CBI has called for greater clarity on how employers should handle local lockdowns, as increasing numbers of areas come...

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Domestic abuse review to consider salary advances and unplanned leave

10 Jun 2020

The government is considering how victims of domestic abuse can be better supported by their employers and is looking at...

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Presenteeism rife under lockdown, driven by redundancy and workload worries

1 Jun 2020

More than one in three employees (35%) has continued to work while feeling unwell during lockdown, with many feeling that...

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Coronavirus: What employers need to know (webinar)

19 Mar 2020

ON-DEMAND | As the true impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic becomes apparent, employers are facing...

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Coronavirus: self-isolating staff ‘should get sick pay’ says Hancock

27 Feb 2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said people returning to the UK from Italian towns quarantined because of the Covid-19 coronavirus...

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Dissatisfaction with work culture leads to millions of sick days

3 Feb 2020

Businesses could make productivity gains by improving culture, flexibility and office cleanliness.

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Top 10 HR questions December 2019: Sickness absence and unused annual leave

3 Jan 2020

How much control can employers have over the timing of employees’ annual leave?
Employers with holiday years that run from...

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Employees’ money worries ‘costing employers billions’

16 Dec 2019

Financial worries are costing employers billions every year in absenteeism, lost productivity and turnover costs – but organisations are doing...

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