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.


Domestic abuse review to consider salary advances and unplanned leave

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

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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Two-fifths of workers would fake a sick day

21 Nov 2019

Two in five adults would fake a ‘sickie’ if they wanted a day off work, according to a Com Res...

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Sickness absence increases to 4.4 days per worker

6 Nov 2019

Employees lost an average of 4.4 working days in 2018 because of sickness or injury, according to the latest official...

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Met PC defies bosses to appear on Big Brother

13 Aug 2019

A Metropolitan police constable is appearing on the Nigerian version of the reality television show Big Brother, despite her manager...

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sick pay consulation

Government plans to widen statutory sick pay and improve workplace health

15 Jul 2019

Plans to offer a sick pay rebate for organisations that effectively help staff get back to work have been revealed...

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Webinar: Managing sickness absence during pregnancy

9 Apr 2019

Employers need to take particular care when managing sickness absence during pregnancy as the legal framework protecting pregnant employees is...

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Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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Back and neck pain causes a third to take a sick day

8 Feb 2019

A third (33%) of employees have taken at least one day off work due to back or neck pain in...

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Employers urged to sign charter on domestic violence

26 Nov 2018

Employers are being encouraged to take a more supportive role on domestic violence.  
The GMB union is asking employers to...

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