XpertHR absence survey 2017 shows rising absence levels

For the first time since 2009, XpertHR annual absence survey 2017 shows an average absence level above 3%. Among the 588 survey respondents that provided data on absence rates for 2016, the national average stood at 3.2% of working time, equivalent to 7.4 days per employee. To help compare with the preferred metric used in CIPD annual absence survey, […]

Should Occupational Health become a part of the NHS?

Proposal to incorporate OH into the NHS Occupational physician Ian Torrance and Faculty of Occupational Medicine president Richard Heron recently suggested in BMJ editorial that ‘integration of the clinical specialty of occupational health (OH) into the NHS is long overdue’. Their argument was based on a viewpoint that current OH provision in UK puts employees […]

Engage RTW tool for Android now live

Great news! Engage RTW tool for Android is now live in Google Play Store. The mobile app is free to download and can be used by any existing users of Engage web application. The features available in our app are currently restricted to the Return to Work (RTW) interviews, as the name suggests. The tool […]

Tribunal fees to claimants to be scrapped

In July 2013, new fees were introduced to pursue disputes against employers in the tribunal courts to defer employees from lodging unfounded claims. Type A claims for sexual harassment, unfair dismissal and discrimination cost claimants £1,200. Type B claims to recover unpaid wages or holiday pay cost the employees £390. This has had a major […]

I’m going on holiday!

We all know that feeling of coming back from holiday to hundreds of unread emails. At Honeydew, we decided to do our little bit to reduce that burden. In Engage, you can now set holiday periods when alerts are diverted to someone else or suspended altogether. This is a part of our new personal preferences […]

Why we don’t promote the Bradford Factor

The Bradford Factor is a neat mathematical formula for calculating absence levels and triggering management action. It is focused on targeting frequent short-term absence, based on the principle that this type of absence is more disruptive to the workplace. The Bradford Factor formula is:

Another 10 out of 10!

Lunchtime tackles absence with Honeydew – client interview We recently asked Jillian Scotney HR Director from Lunchtime about their experience working with Honeydew. Lunchtime is schools contract caterer with schools across London, Cambridge shire and Norfolk. They have been using Honeydew’s system since January 2017.

Are you getting enough sleep?

According to a BBC documentary, UK is one of the most sleep deprived nations in the world. Over time the amount of sleep we get on average has been declining. These days many don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours per night.