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Just when you’re recovering from the problems of summer holiday leave management, along comes Christmas. Without wishing to sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, it’s not all happiness and joy when you’re trying to sort out a Christmas rota, and everyone wants the same days off.

This comical blog post from office space providers, Regus, highlights the issues heaped upon us during the festive season, from both sides of the commercial fence. Things like:


  • suppliers missing firm deadlines
  • customers ignoring your calls
  • staff taking liberties with time-keeping
  • sickness absence rising


So how do you solve a problem like Christmas leave?

One way is to adopt a firm holiday leave policy that is understood by all staff, and reinforce it with robust but flexible leave management software. This gives your managers the resources they need to keep the company running productively over the festive period, whilst offering staff access to their own leave management tools.

LeaveMaster is easy to set up, requires little training, and provides a good return on investment within a short time period. Its straightforward interface makes it simple and intuitive for anyone to use. Give us a call for more information, or let us take you on a customised tour of the software.

Employee ill-health is not all about reduced productivity and unmet targets. The emotional stress placed on managers and employers is significant, particularly for those with staff who have life-threatening or long-term conditions.

Research by Aviva in 2011 found that 19% of ill-health in the workplace was due to cancer, with 30% involving mental health issues, this article in HR Magazine has revealed. It has been said that ‘good’ decisions need to be made early if employers are to manage these problems effectively, but what exactly constitutes a ‘good’ decision?

You need a ‘coping structure’ in place

By this we mean the right technological infrastructure that shows you the detail of long-term absenteeism, whether the absence has been continuous over a significant period, or intermittent smaller ‘chunks’ of time.

It’s only being armed with this sort of information that ‘good’ and confident decisions can be made. Leave tracking is not the easiest task when you only have manual ledgers from which to draw vital information, or a basic spreadsheet which has finite value.

Leave tracking software

Adopting up-to-date systems that automatically track leave immediately relieves some of the pressure on managers, allowing them to help their employee in the most effective way. The emotional effects of managing people with serious illness are also lifted a little when decisions can be made based on reliable data.

LeaveMaster provides at-a-glance information that can be acted upon immediately, as well as a long-term view of individual absenteeism. Call us on 0800 334 5630 or download the white paper from our website.

London has the healthiest workers. So says this Health Map of the UK from PruHealth. Almost 10,000 employees across the UK were surveyed as to their lifestyle and behavioural choices including whether they smoked, how much exercise they took, and the quality of their diet.

The results reveal that London has the healthiest workforce, Northern Ireland being placed second in the poll, with the North West and East Anglia coming last. The purpose of publishing this information is to encourage employers to take the health of their workers seriously. It benefits all concerned – the health of the workforce obviously, but it also leads to greater productivity and growth for organisations.

This was confirmed by Head of Clinical Vitality of PruHealth, Dr Katie Tyron, who said,

“The combination of an ageing workforce and increasing sickness levels due to lifestyle-related illnesses, will directly impact the bottom line.”

How to monitor absenteeism

Monitoring the costs of ill-health is known to be difficult without dedicated software that tracks absence and the reasons for it. LeaveMaster is powerful leave management software that significantly cuts administrative costs and quickly provides a good return on investment.

Let us show you how it can improve productivity for your organisation. Book a personalised demonstration of this flexible software, and let onerous absenteeism administration be a thing of the past.

According to this article in Forbes, “Unhappy employees outnumber happy ones by two to one worldwide.” Some might regard this statistic as unsurprising, but the research by Gallup reveals a deep level of dissatisfaction among the global workforce.

This annual study carried out by Gallup found that 87% of workers polled were “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” Managers can improve levels of this so-called ‘active disengagement’ by utilising better methods of communication, and a positive approach to boosting morale in the workplace.

Absenteeism and leave software

Just how this is achieved depends on the size of organisation and management structure within it, but one of the consequences of chronic discontent is usually absenteeism. Disruptive and difficult to manage, absenteeism is a vicious cycle. Disgruntled or disengaged staff take ‘sickie’ days, which then cause productivity problems and a lowering of morale across the entire workforce.

Problems like this can be overcome, however, using leave software that tracks employee absence and lets you know if a problem might be looming. Communication between staff and management is made easier when booking holiday leave, as the system lets managers quickly agree or deny leave requests.

To find out how LeaveMaster can help your business, book a tour of the software today.

In large organisations it can be difficult to maintain internal data integrity, especially if multiple levels of management have access to a single piece of software. This is particularly so when sensitive information is accessed and updated by a number of people on a daily basis, for example with Web-based Leave Management software.

LeaveMaster solves this problem by incorporating role-sensitive menus and permission-based views into the software – a simple solution that prevents delicate information falling into the wrong hands.

Whether it is data to be used in connection with an upcoming employment tribunal, or extending holiday leave for a particular department, we make sure that it is only accessible by people with permission.

Sensitive data is protected

Employees logging in to the software have a simple, uncluttered screen from which to send their leave requests. They only see the tools they need and aren’t able to access sensitive business information.

In the same way, various levels of management only gain access to the areas they have permission to view. If you need it, we can help you set up the system according to your specific business needs.

To find out more about this state-of-the-art Web-based Leave Management software, call our experienced team on 0800 334 5630 or download the white paper from our website.

The festive season can be anything but jolly if managers are struggling to allocate employee leave on a fair basis. The difficulties of managing multiple holiday leave requests at Christmas have been well documented, but as this good advice from the Monster website suggests, part of the solution is down to planning well in advance.

The problem is exacerbated when companies don’t use the right software. What’s needed is a simple-to-use system that provides an ongoing clear view to managers of departmental staffing levels.

Cut administrative costs

LeaveMaster lets you deal with employee leave efficiently. It cuts down on administrative costs, and you’ll certainly notice the difference if you’ve been using manual or spreadsheet-based systems up until now.

LeaveMaster is a flexible, robust solution that smoothes out the problem of multiple holiday requests at this busy time of year. The easy-to-use interface means that minimal training is required. It’s straightforward to set up employee leave allocations, meaning you’ll be up-and-running in no time.

Let us show you how to incorporate LeaveMaster into your organisation. Take a personalised tour of the software to see how easy it is to use, or download the white paper that’s available on our website.

Digital media organisation, Captivate, reports that workforce productivity during summertime can decrease by around 20%, with attendance dropping by around 19%.

These figures reveal an urgent need to manage the problem of summer holiday leave, which is a delicate subject in many organisations, largely because it causes upset and low morale if not managed effectively.

As the International Business Times points out, it’s not just parents who want holiday leave in July and August. Other workers are equally entitled to time off during the peak holiday season, but it can be very difficult to accommodate everyone’s wishes.

What is needed is a reliable method of dealing with holiday administration that tracks summer leave requests, and provides at-a-glance information that managers can act upon with confidence.

Robust and easy-to-use

Keeping track of leave requests is difficult, particularly using outdated manual methods or spreadsheets. LeaveMaster leave management software puts you back in control of summer holiday administration, and allows managers to control workforce productivity with ease.

To find out more about how LeaveMaster can make a difference in your company, simply call 0800 334 5630 to arrange a personalised demonstration of the software.

It has long been suggested that flexible working is the key to reduced absenteeism and improved workforce productivity. And not only flexible hours – location-independent working has also been attributed to increased staff morale in research carried out by business workspace provider, Regus.

Their poll of over 2,000 business owners and senior managers found that 90% thought flexible working options offered staff a better work/life balance, and led to increased productivity levels.

New flexible working legislation

Lower operational costs and an energised workforce serve to make this an attractive proposition for many employers. With new legislation allowing all employees with 26 weeks continuous employment behind them to request flexible working options, it’s not something that’s going to go away. So why not provide your managers with the tools they need to manage flexible working and associated leave and absence issues.

Track the progress of your flexible working policy using LeaveMaster - robust and flexible leave software that keeps you on top of administrative costs, helps managers deal with increasingly burdensome legislation, and puts you back in control.

To find out more, just download our white paper or call 0800 334 5630 for a guided tour of the software.

Companies that hire different categories of staff need to find foolproof ways to manage potentially complicated employee leave. Otherwise it’s easy for managers to become overwhelmed with leave requests from full-time staff, part-time workers and freelancers, being unsure whether individual leave allocation has been exceeded.

Using LeaveMaster, leave tracking couldn’t be simpler. It’s tailored to your business with the full range of employee ‘types’ available to categorise, making it a simple process to ensure nobody takes more time off than they should.

Various leave types are also easy to input

Without this type of software it’s difficult to manage complicated holiday leave effectively. You can pre-set the number of annual days’ holiday for each employee-type; even each leave-type, for example paternity leave, bereavement leave or the number of training days allocated to full-time, part-time staff and freelancers.

LeaveMaster is easy to set up and requires very little training, so you can start to reap the benefits straight away. Input your employee categories, allocate their days off, and regain control of administrative costs.

Make leave tracking easy – call us today to arrange a demonstration of the software, or download the white paper from our website.

According to ACAS, 9 out of 10 employers regard the use of triggers as being very or fairly successful in managing absenteeism in their workplace.

But what exactly are triggers, and how do they help?

Triggers can be set up as part of an absence management policy, and during long-term absence for instance, would let managers know when it is time to take a certain action.

This might be:


  • making contact with an absent employee
  • requesting medical certificates
  • organising a medical assessment
  • advising when a period of Statutory Sick Pay will run out


Triggers are also useful for managing short-term absenteeism. The Bradford Factor trigger points can be used to reveal frequent short-term absences which are disruptive to productivity, and disproportionately costly to manage.

Patterns of non-legitimate ‘sickie’ days are notoriously difficult to spot using manual or spreadsheet-based systems, but it’s important to highlight them as they are one of the biggest drains on workforce productivity and morale.

Triggers are easily set up within LeaveMaster. The Bradford Factor is calculated automatically, reducing the number of errors and saving time. Take a look at our website, or book a leave software demonstration.

Research by UK think-tank Demos has revealed that over 50% of employees asked, held unrealistic pay expectations in the event of long-term illness. These employees mistakenly believed they would receive full pay for at least three months, whereas the legal obligation for payment of Statutory Sick Pay is a maximum of six months.

More than 2,000 workers took part in the survey, which also found that 20% of respondents thought they could rely on government benefits during a period of long-term absence.

From an employer’s point-of-view, the steep and sudden increase in the cost of absenteeism due to long-term illness can be controlled by:


  • introducing a formal health and wellness programme
  • regularly communicating to staff the features and benefits of the programme
  • offering enhanced sick pay, which could also help to reduce staff turnover
  • monitoring the overall cost of absence using reliable leave software


We offer robust and flexible Web-based Leave Management software that puts you back in control of absenteeism. It’s easy to set up, and with minimal training you’ll be able to start saving money straight away.

Let us show you the significant benefits of LeaveMaster. Call 0800 334 5630 to arrange your own personalised demonstration of the software, or download the white paper for more information.