Sickness absence

Managing sickness absence is a key issue for employers. Employee absence is a significant cost to the majority of businesses in the UK.

In addition to the direct costs of employee absence (paying sick pay and paying someone else to perform the absent employee’s work), high levels of absence can demotivate those employees who have to take on the absent employee’s work, cause all-round disruption to productivity and adversely affect an employer’s continuity of service to its clients.

Bupa sees rise in employees being offered flu jabs

Healthcare provider Bupa has seen the number of staff being offered flu jabs by their employer this year surpass the...

One in four have multiple health conditions

16 Nov 2018

A quarter of people in England live with two or more mental or physical health conditions, the charity The Health...

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Top 10 HR questions October 2018: annual leave and sickness absence

2 Nov 2018

How should employers deal with annual leave entitlement for employees on long-term sick leave? This issue is dealt with in...

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Flexible sick pay could help reduce financial worries

1 Nov 2018

Flexible sick pay, part-time sick leave and phased returns to work should be considered for employees who take absence for...

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Working days lost to stress increase by nearly a quarter

31 Oct 2018

The number of working days lost to stress rose by almost a quarter last year, suggesting that employers need to...

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MPs promote benefit of group income protection in improving wellbeing

19 Oct 2018

MPs have highlighted the role that financial support schemes, such as group income protection (GIP), can play in alleviating stress...

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Mental health presenteeism on the rise

10 Oct 2018

People are more likely to turn up to work despite a mental health problem according to an annual survey of...

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NHS England extends mental health support for doctors

8 Oct 2018

A new mental health support scheme for all NHS doctors in England has been launched to help those in the...

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Money worries have knock-on effect on staff health, a quarter of employers say

8 Oct 2018

One in four organisations have seen employee health issues arise because of money concerns, yet almost half do not plan...

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EAPs justify investment according to new benchmark

3 Oct 2018

Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) deliver return on investment according to data suggesting that employers can typically save more than £12...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2018 – probation dismissals and unavailable companions

2 Oct 2018

Can you dismiss before a probationary period ends if they're not up to the job?

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Four in 10 hide poor mental health when calling in sick

27 Sep 2018

Forty-two per cent of staff experiencing a mental health issue have pretended to suffer from a physical health problem when...

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Majority of staff with ‘minor’ illnesses don’t take a sick day

26 Sep 2018

Nine in 10 employees continue to work even when they are suffering from a “minor” illness, with many feeling their...

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Top 10 HR questions August 2018 – Brexit and executive pay ratios

4 Sep 2018

While progress has been made in some areas of the Brexit negotiations, including agreement on the rights of EU citizens...

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Absence for mental health up, while flu and gastro-related sick days fall

24 Aug 2018

Almost a three-quarters of a million more working days were lost in June and July because of mental health-related absence,...

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