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Using LeaveMaster, you can book and approve time off and keep track of who’s in and who’s out of the office, quickly, easily and efficiently. It gives everyone in your company access to a fast and fuss-free online system.

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One of the benefits of implementing a leave management system such as LeaveMaster in your organisation is that, should it ever be needed, it gives you statistical and irrefutable evidence of staff absenteeism.

By allowing you to quickly and easily record staff sick days on a web-based application, LeaveMaster creates a permanent, online history of sick leave for every member of staff in your organisation. And as LeaveMaster also automatically calculates each employee’s ongoing Bradford Factor score, it also reveals which of your employees have been taking “little but often” sick leaves, which can indicate unwarranted absence.

This means that your line managers have accurate, indisputable data that they can refer to when addressing staff who they believe have been taking unwarranted sick days. The data collected in LeaveMaster can also be used to show evidence of absenteeism should the issue go to a tribunal.

You can find out more about reducing absenteeism using LeaveMaster here 

If your organisation still uses a paper-based system for booking and processing staff holidays, your employees, line managers and HR professionals may be wasting huge amounts of time on holiday paperwork and administration that could be spent on far more productive tasks and activities.

We’ve calculated that it takes an employee almost twice as long to make a leave request using a traditional paper-based holiday booking system than it does using a web-based leave management system such as LeaveMaster.

Furthermore, we’ve estimated that it takes line managers and HR professionals almost three times as long to process leave requests using an old-fashioned paper-based system than it does using a system like LeaveMaster that automates and accelerates holiday admin processes.

So why waste time filling in, filing and processing holiday forms when you and your employees can book, approve and record leave quickly and effortlessly using a fast, automated online system?

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More than 35 million sick days are not genuine

According to a new research survey, UK employees take more than 35 million sick days a year because of personal reasons rather than because they are genuinely ill.


The survey was conducted by Aon Consulting who polled more than 7,500 employees across Europe. 21% of employees from the UK who participated in the survey claimed that the last time they took a sick day, they were only pretending to be ill, while only half of those surveyed from the UK said that the last time they called in sick they were genuinely unable to work because of a physical or mental illness.


The survey also found that the UK accounts for over a quarter of the 122 million non-genuine sick days taken across Europe every year, with UK employees more than four times as likely to fake sickness in order to take time off work than employees in Denmark, which, according to the survey, has Europe’s most honest workforce.

LeaveMaster has an in-built Bradford Factor tool that helps you spot, and take action against, staff who repeatedly take non-genuine sick days. Find out more 

As discussed in last week’s blog , absence rates are still much higher in public sector organisations than in private companies, with public sector employees taking, on average, nearly three more days off sick each year than their private sector counterparts.

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According to the CBI’s new absence survey, over 50% of UK employers believe staff in their organisation pretend to be ill in order to take time off work.

40% of employers surveyed by the CBI said they thought non-genuine sick days were taken by certain groups of employees or employees in certain locations in their organisation, while 13% of respondents said they thought non-genuine sick days occurred across their organisation. Only a third of the employers surveyed said they believed all sickness absence amongst their employees was genuine.

Around half the employers surveyed also said they believed there was a link between employee absence and weekends or Christmas and school holidays.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with The Bradford Factor you can identify and take action against staff who have been taking unwarranted sick days in your organisation. To find out more, click here.

Despite a small improvement, absenteeism is still much higher amongst public sector employees than amongst employees who work for private companies, new statistics show.

According to the 2010 CBI absence and workplace health survey, public sector employees were absent for an average of 8.3 days in 2009. This is down from an average of nine days a year since the CBI last conducted an absence survey. However, employees who work in the private sector were only absent for an average of 5.8 days in 2009, suggesting that absenteeism remains a problem in public sector organisations.

Because it establishes accurate, up-to-the-minute records of sickness absence for every employee in your organisation, including their automatically-calculated, ongoing Bradford Factor score, LeaveMaster is a powerful tool for tackling absenteeism.

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Over the next two months, employees across the UK will undoubtedly be enjoying a well-deserved break from work and heading away on holiday with family members and friends.

But if too many members of staff in your organisation take time off during the popular summer holiday months, you can be left short-staffed in business-critical positions, damaging productivity and harming customer and supplier relationships.

One of the benefits of implementing LeaveMaster in your organisation is that it shows you at-a-glance exactly who in your organisation has booked leave and when. That means your line managers can make informed decisions before granting leave and ensure that personnel in key positions do not take leave at the same time.

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In a blog last week we discussed some of the findings of the CBI’s new absence and workplace health survey.

The CBI interviewed 241 employers representing over 1.28 million employees for the survey and found that the average rate of absence in UK organisations has fallen from 6.7 days per employee in 2007 to an average of 6.4 days per employee last year.

However, the survey also found that employee absence cost the UK economy almost £17 billion in 2009, which suggests that, despite the decline in absence levels, absenteeism remains a costly problem for many British organisations.

You can download the full survey here.

Or to find out how you can reduce absenteeism in your organisation by using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, click here.

80% of UK employers questioned in a new survey have said that closely monitoring and managing absence has led to a reduction in absenteeism in their organisation.
Conducted by the Confederation of British Industry, the survey found that there has been a gradual decline in absence levels in Britain over the past 25 years, with improved absence management and monitoring cited by respondents as the most important contributory factor.

Using LeaveMaster, you can quickly, accurately and efficiently record and monitor all types of leave and absence, including unwarranted sick days.

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