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We reported on Friday that, needing to make efficiency savings of £4.35 billion over the next three years, the NHS could save over £300m by using an online absence management system such as LeaveMaster to automate procedures such as holiday booking and leave processing.

However, the estimated saving of £302 million, which we calculated the Department of Health could make, may actually be quite conservative and, in reality, the Department could save millions more.
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The Department of Health has announced (link to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8586016.stm) that it will make efficiency savings of £4.35bn over the next three years. This includes savings of £555m that the Department claims will be made by reducing sickness absence amongst health service staff.

Interviewing the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, on BBC’s Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman questioned the Department of Health’s ability to reduce its absence costs by £555m, pointing out that a Department of Health review on sickness in the NHS, which quoted the figure of £555m, did not contain a single detailed proposal for how the savings could be made.

However, we’ve estimated that over £300m can be saved in the NHS by using an absence management system to automate procedures such as holiday booking and leave processing.
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As highlighted in earlier blogs , when employees call in sick, it’s much more likely to be because they want to play the latest videogames, go shopping with friends or recover from weekend activities, than because they are legitimately ill and unable to work.

Although many organisations have an absence management system in place for monitoring this type of staff absenteeism, these systems are typically only seen, and used, by the organisation’s HR department and may not be seen, or even known about, by staff. As a result, they only record absenteeism and do not actively deter it.
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As noted in a previous blog, with a high number of employees typically submitting holiday requests at this time of the year, LeaveMaster not only enables you to process those requests quickly and efficiently, but also gives you an instant overview of all holiday that has been booked across your organisation.

However, a key benefit of LeaveMaster is that it accurately records and monitors all types of employee leave and absence, not just staff holidays. This means you can see, at-a-glance, not only who has booked annual leave, and when, in your organisation, but also when members of staff are going to be away on training days, or are taking days off in lieu, or even are taking a period of unpaid leave.
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LeaveMaster has been commended in an article on killerstartups.com  for its innovative absence management features.

The article notes that LeaveMaster’s ability to identify absenteeism patterns and trends in an organisation: “is not only novel but actually incredibly useful.” The article goes on to observe that, coupled with the in-built tool which automatically calculates the ongoing Bradford Factor score for each and every employee, this makes LeaveMaster a highly versatile tool.

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With the Easter holidays just around the corner and the summer holiday season only a few months away, line managers and HR departments around the country have no doubt been swamped by a flood of staff holiday requests.
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Thinking of booking a holiday, but not sure when to take time off? Planning a holiday on LeaveMaster takes no more than a few clicks of the mouse. And thanks to LeaveMaster’s at-a-glance calendar views, you can also ensure your booked leave does not clash with other key personnel in your organisation.

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One of the most useful features in LeaveMaster is the Leave Status feature, which displays an at-a-glance list of all the leave requests you have made in the current calendar year.

This includes details of the start and end date for each period of requested leave, as well as the number of days you asked to take off and the type of leave requested. You can also see whether the leave was approved or rejected, or is still pending authorisation from your line manager.

This makes it easy to keep track of leave requests that have yet to be authorised and also gives you an instant overview of all your booked leaves.

The Leave Status feature also makes it simple to cancel leave, as all you need to do is find the period of leave you wish to cancel, from the list of leave requests displayed on your Leave Status page, and click on Cancel.

You can find out more about LeaveMaster’s time and cost-saving features here.

It could not be quicker or easier to plan holidays and request leave using LeaveMaster, as it takes no more than a few clicks of the mouse. To request leave, all you need to do is select the type of leave you wish to take from a drop down menu and choose a start and end date using a pop up calendar. LeaveMaster then takes care of the rest by automatically populating a leave request form for you.

You just need to hit Submit and your leave request is sent to your line manager, who can approve or reject it at the click of a button. It’s that simple.

And even if your line manager is away or is otherwise unable to authorise your request, the process still couldn’t be any easier. You simply inform your Systems Administrator that your line manager is away and they will arrange for your leave request to be sent to an alternative member of staff who is able to approve holidays.
You can find out more about the benefits of using LeaveMaster here