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Employing an older workforce has rarely been an option in the past, but removal of the Default Retirement Age has allowed employees to continue working later in life. The DRA was introduced in 2006 and meant that employers could force their staff to retire at the age of 65.

Employees could request an extension to this age limit, but the employer was under no obligation to do so. The average age of a typical workforce has increased as a consequence, which has organisational benefits and drawbacks.



  • Greater retained knowledge and experience
  • Stability among a younger workforce
  • Older workers tend to be more loyal
  • In-house mentoring of younger members of staff




  • Potential for increased absenteeism and associated costs
  • Greater requirement for health provision and benefits within the organisation
  • Problems in managing absence effectively


Under different circumstances, the older members of your workforce may have chosen to retire, but absenteeism among this group need not be a problem if you use the right leave software.

LeaveMaster controls the costs of absenteeism by providing a detailed overview of sickness absence within your company. It allows you to take action quickly to reverse the financial effect of prolonged absences, and helps to manage the productivity drain of frequent unwarranted sick days.

The TUC’s ‘Work and Wellbeing Report 2013’ highlights the tangible problem of workplace-related ill-health. It’s an issue that cannot be ignored as businesses struggle to keep down costs in an ever-changing economy.

The report also states that 4 million days are lost as a result of injuries suffered in the workplace.

So what can be done to reduce these 23 million lost days of production?

Here are a few ideas that are easy to implement and could prove cost-effective in the long-run:

  • Offering subsidised, healthy meals in the canteen
  • Making sure that workers take a proper break at lunchtime, away from their desks
  • Developing links with local gyms in order to offer reduced-price membership to staff
  • Providing health and wellness advice in the workplace
  • Offering on-site exercise classes, or relaxation/meditation sessions

Prevention is better than cure, and any one of these measures would reduce the drain of workplace sickness.

Monitoring sickness absence can significantly reduce profit levels in an organisation, particularly if out-dated manual systems are used. LeaveMaster puts you back in control of absence management costs and makes it easy to track improvements in workplace health.

To find out more about how LeaveMaster can help, take a tour of the software on our website, or book a personalised demonstration.

Adopting a formal compassionate leave policy offers reassurance to staff that their needs will be met at a difficult time, which in turn increases employee respect and loyalty. Current legislation is lacking, however, because there is no obligation for employers to offer time off to grieve.

In theory then, staff could be forced to attend work the day after a funeral, and could even be disciplined if they take unauthorised time off. They would either have to request annual leave, or ask their doctor to sign them off for a while to help them cope with their bereavement.

Considerations when formulating a compassionate leave policy would include:

  • The number of days off allowed
  • Whether compassionate leave would be paid
  • The circumstances in which this type of leave would be offered
  • Whether access to counselling might be included

LeaveMaster is the best way to manage absence of all types, including compassionate leave, and can significantly cut absence management costs.

Let us show you how easy it is to set up and use – call us on 0800 334 5630 to arrange a demonstration of the software customised to your business.

What value can be put on fast, efficient customer service? Research by Oracle found that 81% of customers surveyed would definitely pay more to get better service, with almost half of that number willing to pay as much as 5% extra.

So when a customer phones with a query or complaint, it is vital that everyone answering external calls has access to up-to-date information about who is in the building and who is not. This makes it easier to deal with customers quickly and efficiently, rather than transferring them to various members of staff in an effort to find someone who can help.

Word soon spreads about companies providing flawless customer service time after time, mainly because it is so rare these days, and it’s really not difficult to offer once you have the right system in place.

State-of-the-art technology

LeaveMaster provides up-to-date information on who is available to deal with queries and complaints, so customers are put straight through in a matter of seconds. And it’s not just customers who benefit. Suppliers will have more confidence in a slick, efficient operation like this, with enhanced business relationships being advantageous for both parties.

Let LeaveMaster boost your reputation and help you attract more custom. Download the white paper from our website, or take a personalised tour of the software today.

The Bradford Factor is a human resource tool that helps prevent the disruption caused by short term sickness. It can be used to support disciplinary action taken against employees, but all too often when calculated manually, the data is unreliable.

Manually calculating the Bradford Factor is fraught with problems. The chances of human error naturally come into play, and in a large organisation there is a significant time loss issue. Although better than manual calculations, spreadsheets have their own limitations – it’s easy to make mistakes with formulas, and general data input is still open to human error.

What’s needed is a foolproof method of automated calculation providing data that can be used with confidence, allowing businesses to take control of persistent absenteeism.

LeaveMaster calculates Bradford Factor scores in a matter of seconds, helping managers to tackle unwarranted absences in two ways:

  • by acting as a deterrent against employees taking ‘sickies’
  • by providing indisputable information on an individual’s sickness record if disciplinary action is necessary

Take a look at our website for more information, or book a personalised demonstration of the software to see how it can help you tackle human resource issues with confidence.

At certain times of the year, managers can struggle to cope with the sheer volume of leave requests they receive. Part of the problem is the lack of an overall view of departmental staffing levels and existing leave requests.

Mistakes in granting leave can be costly to productivity and team morale if members of staff are expected to cover for colleagues in addition to doing their own job, and this has a tangible knock-on effect to end-of-year profit levels.

Take full advantage of new technology

Wall planners, year-to-view calendars or spreadsheets are rather out-dated, inefficient methods of dealing with leave requests. It just takes a single error in recording leave to have a negative effect on productivity or customer service, potentially attracting complaints and harming business reputation.

The calendar facility within LeaveMaster makes it easy to see who has already booked leave. Managers can make at-a-glance, quick and educated decisions on whether to grant leave requests or not. Operational efficiency isn’t compromised, even in the height of summer.

To find out more, book a tour of this powerful but easy-to-use software. Call 0800 334 5630 or book a customised demonstration via the website.

A formal health and wellness programme could be all that’s needed to improve the level of sickness absence in your organisation. If you’re wondering where to start, take a look at Britain’s Healthiest Company. Businesses with more than 50 members of staff can take part in this programme, with the closing date for registration being 31st March each year.

Now in its second year, it’s not so much a competition as a way to help organisations encourage a healthier lifestyle among their staff. PruHealth provides the metrics to calculate each employee’s ‘Vitality Age’ and any associated health risks.

Corporate Health Report

Each business taking part in Britain’s Healthiest Company receives a Corporate Health Report, which serves several purposes:

  • an overall view of workforce health is provided
  • recommendations for tackling health problems are included in the report
  • the information helps managers and executives to control the costs of absenteeism

This type of data is only useful if analysed and processed in the right way, however, and that’s where we come in. LeaveMaster lets you see the ongoing picture of absenteeism in your organisation. You get a 360° view of the entire company, as well as departmental and individual employee information.

Download the white paper from our website, or book a demonstration of the software to find out more.

According to Right Management’s Flux Report, 60% of HR leaders and line managers asked, saw employee health and wellness as a business investment rather than a staff perk. They also believed that strategic goals became more attainable with a healthy workforce.

In the report, 72% of line managers thought their organisation could be more proactive in helping staff to deal with stress, so what are some of the benefits you might see by adopting a formal health and wellness policy?

  • Reduced absenteeism and associated costs
  • Higher staff retention rates
  • A motivated workforce
  • Increased productivity

A global wellness survey conducted by Xerox, found that 43% of businesses managed to create a distinct brand identity for their workforce wellness programmes, with more than half offering reductions on health insurance premiums.

This type of incentive sends out a positive message to staff, and is widely seen as a long-term business investment that can significantly reduce the costs of absenteeism.

Cutting-edge software used in conjunction with a programme such as this is a powerful combination. LeaveMaster is a flexible web-based system that gives you back control of absenteeism and attendance, providing accurate, up-to-date information on each employee.

Take a tour of the software or book a personalised demonstration by calling 0800 334 5630.

According to Pay and Benefits Magazine, research by Canada Life Group Insurance found that open-plan workplaces can have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of a workforce. The likelihood of illness spreading is increased, as is the risk of a drop in productivity.

In closed offices infections are more contained, although there will always be a risk of passing on illness to a colleague.

Canada Life’s managing director believes that organisations could solve this problem by putting advances in technology to better use, offering work-from-home options to employees where possible.

With technology still in mind, organisations can also reduce the cost of sickness and absenteeism by adopting up-to-date administrative systems to better manage the problem.

LeaveMaster fits the bill for this perfectly, providing a comprehensive and flexible solution for the easy management of leave and absence. You can see exactly who is in and who is not, using reliable data to monitor individual sick leave.

Each employee’s Bradford Factor score is incorporated into the software, making it easier to take formal action where necessary.

Download a brochure or white paper from our website for more information, or book a software demonstration that is tailored to your business.

Presenteeism is defined as ‘the act of attending work whilst sick’. It happens for a number of reasons although worry about job uncertainty is among the most common. The reality is, it has the potential to cost an organisation more in lost productivity than absenteeism.

The main reason for this is the risk of illness spreading to other members of staff or even to entire departments, causing a catastrophic drop in overall production levels. There is bound to be a degree of absenteeism and presenteeism in every organisation, but the costs of both can be lowered simply by taking advantage of new technology.

LeaveMaster is a powerful platform with which to manage leave and absence. It lets you see exactly who is off sick and when, and can pinpoint the consequences of presenteeism as they occur, showing patterns of sickness running through an organisation.

Viewed on a web-based system, managers are quickly able to identify potential problems and act accordingly, taking on temporary staff if necessary before productivity levels stall.

For more information on how LeaveMaster can help your business, download the white paper on our website or book a demonstration of the software.

A survey commissioned by Hilton Hotels & Resorts revealed that a new workplace epidemic has hit the UK. Vacationitis is a term used by the leading hotel chain, to describe an ever-increasing number of employees who fail to take their full annual leave allowance.

The research found that around 40% of respondents never or rarely use their full holiday entitlement. Two of the top ten reasons for not taking full leave allowance was worry about losing their job and running out of time to take it.

Ease of access to leave information

It’s not always easy to consistently provide accurate leave information for employees, particularly when procedures are manual or spreadsheet-based. Staff and managers alike become frustrated by the lack of clear information, at a time when everyone is economically stretched and fearful of losing their job.

One of the biggest benefits of using LeaveMaster to control annual leave issues is at-a-glance access to detailed information on how much leave has been taken and how much is due. It allows a clear view from both sides of the managerial fence, and as the software updates each employee’s leave allocation automatically, the risk of running out of time to take it is reduced.

Put simply, LeaveMaster is a cost-effective, practical solution to a common problem in the workplace.

Get to grips with absence management in your organisation by booking a free demonstration of the software. LeaveMaster improves efficiency, saves time and money, and puts you in control.

‘Interview’ is perhaps the wrong word to describe the discussion that takes place with members of staff returning from sickness absence. It’s more of a chat to put the period of absence into some context, even if it was for only one day.

A degree of compassion is needed to obtain mutually-beneficial information that can be used to improve operational efficiency, and employees will know what is expected of them if these meetings are arranged following each period of absence.

Checking an employee’s sickness record is good preparation for a return-to-work interview. You get valuable insight into potentially questionable patterns of absence, or a problem that could potentially lead to long-term illness.

Why manual systems don’t help you

Gaining this insight is easier said than done when manual or spreadsheet systems are used, however. What’s needed is reliable, in-depth employee attendance data, so that a decision can be made as to whether formal action is necessary.

LeaveMaster provides this level of data at the push of a button. It incorporates a calculation of each employee’s Bradford Factor, which is automatically updated along with their sickness record.

Once the interview is over, it’s easy to update all information and make a judgement about future actions.

With the help of powerful absence management software, return-to-work interviews integrate seamlessly into your sickness absence policy. You save time and money, and everyone has confidence that the data is accurate and reliable.

For more information download our white paper or book a free LeaveMaster demo.

Do your employees complain about the time it takes to request leave? Or the fact that leave requests get lost in a pile of paperwork? This type of thing can be demoralising and have a serious effect on workforce productivity, and the reason may be that you are simply using an outdated system.

If staff have access to slick, state-of-the-art web-based software to request holiday or other types of leave, it not only offers them reassurance that their issues are important to you as an employer, but it also makes life easier for your managers.

Agree leave in seconds

LeaveMaster is an impressive computerised leave and absence system that lets employees know in a matter of seconds whether their leave has been agreed. They have their own page set up within the system, telling them everything they need to know about their attendance record, holiday allowance, whether they have taken any training days, and a myriad of other information that is not readily available with manual or spreadsheet systems.

The sheer speed and ease of requesting leave, and the clarity and depth of information stored, can ease working relationships between managers and staff. There are no more lost leave sheets, and the data is trusted by both parties.

LeaveMaster is accessible from any device or location with an internet connection.

We can set up a personalised demonstration of the software to show you exactly how efficient your organisation can be. Alternatively, take a look at the features and benefits on the website, or download our white paper.