Absence is a management issue, not a medical one. That is why similar organisations with similar work profiles can have very different absence levels. The difference is not that the employees in one company are more ill. The difference is that one company is managing absence better than the other one.
Any absence is a cost to the employer, regardless what the line of work or sick pay policies. And if absence is not measured, it can’t be managed. Therefore, it’s always recommended to start recording absence ideally before it becomes a problem. However, if you’re looking for a solution to turn around a culture of poor attendance, it is never too late to start.
Many businesses across England are resuming operations after almost seven weeks in lockdown, employees are being encouraged to return to work, providing working from home is not possible; whilst employers are now required by law to comply with government sector specific guidelines to ensure the workplace is COVID-19 secure and with the necessary precautionary measures in place. Continue reading
On 2nd November 2016, CIPD published its 17th annual absence management survey results. For me, the interesting finding were not the headline figures of the report but that the sample size had nearly doubled, reaching 1091 respondents. For years, the group size has fluctuated both sides of the 600 mark. Continue reading
CIPD and Simplyhealth have released the results of their annual Absence Management Survey 2015. The headline finding is a slightly higher level of absence at 6.9 days per employee per year compared to last year’s figure of 6.6 days. The survey sample size this year was smaller at just 578 companies and, according to the absence levels breakdown table, only 396 (69%) of the respondents could report what their absence level was. Continue reading
Kensington Olympia in London sees the annual CIPD HR Software Show opening next week. At the show, on the 17th and 18th of June, Honeydew Health and Absencehub.com will be showcasing Engage, our class leading absence and holiday management Software as a Service (SaaS). Continue reading
HR Software Show 2015 is taking place soon on 17-18 June in London. The exhibition showcases newcomers as well as household names in HR tech. If you are on the market for upgrading your systems, the event gives you a great chance to browse your options. It’s also a great place to see what is new in the HR Software sphere and what new features have been brought out. Continue reading
The Economist assessed Britain’s economic situation in the wake of the 2015 General Election results stating that “productivity growth has been the missing ingredient of Britain’s economic recovery. In 2014 output per hour worked was 1.3% lower than in 2011, and some 14% beneath its pre-crisis trend. Much like predictions of interest-rate rises, forecasts of a return to productivity growth have come and gone. If productivity had grown as predicted by the Office for Budget Responsibility, Britain’s fiscal watchdog, in 2010, it would be 8.4% higher than it is today.”
In absence management, as in employee management in general, the role of the line manager is pivotal. In this article we explain why. Continue reading
CIPD and Simplyhealth have published the results of their Absence Management survey 2014. This annual survey has been the key benchmark for absence management for 15 years. However, the number of respondents has remained between 500 and 700, which is a fairly small sample Continue reading