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An online survey of European employers has revealed the worst excuses employees give for needing to take a day off work.

Over 750 business leaders in British, French, German, Italian and Swedish organisations were asked to share examples of the most unusual excuses they have received from employees for needing to be absent.

Amongst the excuses given by employees were the fact that their foot was stuck in the toilet, someone had thrown a garden gnome through their window and they had to take their mother shopping.

One employee claimed to have been intoxicated by burning vines, one said she had
got her finger stuck in a car door and another claimed he had injured his leg chasing his dog to prevent it from attacking a rabbit. Another employee, meanwhile, had simply had a nightmare and felt too out of sorts to come to work.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can significantly reduce the amount of unwarranted absence in your organisation.

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In a recent blog, we discussed the results of the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey, which revealed that the average UK employee took 6.5 days off sick last year, while non-genuine sickness absence cost the UK economy over £2.7 billion.

However, the CBI/Pfizer survey is just one of a series of new sickness absence surveys that have been released

According to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK workers take an average of 10 days of unscheduled absence a year, costing UK business approximately £32 billion. Conversely, the EEF/Westfield Health 2011 Sickness Absence Survey found that the average British employee took five days off sick in 2010.

Meanwhile, a poll of 500 employers conducted by Group Risk Development found that public sector employees take more sick days than their private sector counterparts. One-third of public sector employers surveyed said that the average employee in their organisation takes more than five days off sick per year. By comparison, only 15.9% of private sector employers said their average employee takes more than five annual sick days.

Although the findings vary from survey to survey, the surveys are united in revealing that sickness absence remains a costly issue in many organisations, which is why an absence management solution such as LeaveMaster is essential.

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British employers are getting tough on members of staff who take unwarranted sick days, a new survey has found.

The survey was conducted by job search company CareerBuilder, who interviewed nearly 200 British managing directors. They found that 50% of employers check that an employee who has called in sick is genuinely ill.

To see if an employee has a legitimate reason for being off work and isn’t faking illness, employers use a wide range of tactics including phoning the employee, calling by their house, asking for a doctor’s note and checking the employee’s social networking page.

One of the most effective ways to identify employees who take unwarranted sick days is to use LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

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According to the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey, non-genuine sickness absence cost the British economy over £2.7 billion last year.

The survey found that 190 million working days were lost to absence last year, of which 30.4 million days were lost as a result of employees taking “sickies” when they weren’t really ill.

The survey also found that the average UK employee took 6.5 days off sick in 2010.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify employees whose unwarranted absences are damaging your business.

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If your organisation still uses a paper or a spreadsheet-based system for booking leave and recording absence, you may find it hard to keep track of staff holidays and sick days.

If you have to wade through paperwork or scan spreadsheets to see when employees have booked holidays or called in sick, it can be difficult to keep track of when staff are going to be away so that cover can be arranged in time and key tasks completed.

It can also be hard to monitor sickness absence and ensure members of staff aren’t taking a high number of “sickies”.
Implement LeaveMaster, however, and you will be able to quickly and easily monitor, and keep track of, all forms of staff leave and absence.

Using LeaveMaster’s company-wide calendars, you will be able to see at-a-glance who’s going to be out of the office on any working day: so you can make informed decisions before approving leave and ensure business-critical tasks are performed before employees take leave.

You will also be able to view accurate, up-to-the-minute records of sick leave for all employees, so you can identify staff who habitually take sickies and reduce your sickness absence costs.

Find out more about the benefits of using LeaveMaster.