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The vast majority of British employers do not believe the government’s fit note scheme has reduced sickness absence, a survey has found.

The fit note scheme was supposed to reduce the number of days lost to absence every year, by letting doctors say what work employees, who would otherwise be off on long-term sick leave, could return to work to do.

However, in a poll conducted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), nine out of ten British employers stated that they did not believe the fit note scheme has been effective.

A more effective way to reduce staff absence levels in your organisation could be to implement a leave and absence management system such as LeaveMaster and use it in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

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UK employees commonly take sick days in order to stay at home and watch television, a research survey has found.

According to an absence survey conducted by Kronos, 50% of UK employees call in sick because they want to watch TV at home. 69% of these employees are in the 16 to 24 age group.

The survey also found that 43% of employees in the UK admit to taking days off sick when they are not really ill.

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

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A significant number of UK employers are unaware of their organisation’s current sickness absence levels, a survey has revealed

185 UK employers, representing a combined workforce of 650,000 global employees, were polled for the Aon Hewitt Benefits and Trends Survey.

32% of the surveyed employers said that they did not know how many days their employees were absent every year. Meanwhile, 60% of those who did provide a figure said they were not very confident of its accuracy.

By implementing LeaveMaster, you will be able to keep accurate, up-to-the-minute records of all types of employee leave and absence, including holidays, training days and sick days.

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A significant number of UK employers are unaware of their organisation’s current sickness absence levels, a survey  has revealed

185 UK employers, representing a combined workforce of 650,000 global employees, were polled for the Aon Hewitt Benefits and Trends Survey.

32% of the surveyed employers said that they did not know how many days their employees were absent every year. Meanwhile, 60% of those who did provide a figure said they were not very confident of its accuracy.

By implementing LeaveMaster, you will be able to keep accurate, up-to-the-minute records of all types of employee leave and absence, including holidays, training days and sick days.

Find out more.

According to a survey office-based employees spend the equivalent of a full working day every year booking holidays.

Research conducted by Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS) found that, on average, employees spend eight hours and 24 minutes every year, researching and booking their holidays in the office: the equivalent of an extra day’s holiday for every member of staff.

If you implement LeaveMaster, your employees will be able to quickly and easily plan and book their holidays using a fast, automated holiday booking system. In fact, we’ve estimated that LeaveMaster cuts the time it takes employees to book holidays in half.

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We wanted LeaveMaster to be effortless to use, which is why the solution includes role sensitive menus.

These ensure that when LeaveMaster users log in to the solution, they only see on screen the features they have permission to use. As a result, they can quickly and easily book and manage leave using a clear and simple interface.

But why not see for yourself how easy LeaveMaster is to use, by trying it free for 14 days?

To request a free 14 day trial, simply click here.


If you still require your employees to fill out and file paperwork in order to request time off, there is the constant danger that holiday forms will be completed incorrectly or will be mislaid.

If that happens, the employee’s leave will not be properly recorded, resulting in a difference of opinion between the employee and their line manager over the amount of holiday the employee has booked and the number of days they are still entitled to take. Valuable time is then lost while a reconciliation exercise is carried out.

Using a paper-based system, it can also be all too easy for a line manager to incorrectly calculate the amount of annual leave an employee still has left to take in a calendar year. As a result, employees can end up either taking more days off in a year than they are supposed to, or take less than their entitled amount.

By switching from a paper-based system for booking and authorising staff holidays
to a web-based system such as LeaveMaster, you can eliminate these costly holiday admin errors.

To book time off using LeaveMaster, rather than filling out and filing holiday forms, employees simply log into an easy-to-use, web-based application and request their leave online.

Each employee’s holiday request can be authorised or denied by their line manager at the click of a button. And, if approved, the leave is then added to a leave calendar, which allows everyone in the office to see who has booked leave and when.

Because LeaveMaster eliminates holiday paperwork, automatically calculates leave balances and shows you precisely how many days of their annual allowance each employee has taken and how many days they have remaining, there is no danger of holiday forms ever being lost or of employees taking more time off than they are supposed to.

To find out more about the benefits of using LeaveMaster, click here.

Employees believe that advances in technology will make it harder for them to call in sick if they are not really ill, a survey has found.

The study was conducted by the recruitment agency Office Angels. More than a third (35%) of the employees polled for the survey admitted that the introduction of absent management technology will make pulling a sickie more difficult.

This figure rose to 50% for employees working in the arts and culture sector, 48% for staff in sales and marketing and 46% for employees who work in HR.

LeaveMaster is a powerful leave and absent management software solution that was built using cutting-edge technologies. By using it in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can significantly reduce the amount of sickies your employees take.

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According to a new research report absence management procedures in many organisations are ineffective and out of date.

Prepared by Ellipse, the group risk insurer, and Professor Cary Cooper and entitled Sick Notes, the report claims that current approaches to absence management are not working, with sick employees routinely getting lost in organisations’ HR systems and sickness absence frequently handled by employees who are not best equipped to deal with it.

The report also found in that nearly half of organisations, absence procedures are not followed at all.

Built using leading-edge technologies, LeaveMaster allows you to accurately and efficiently record and monitor all types of employee leave and absence.

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When you implement LeaveMaster, everyone in your organisation will find it effortless to use as we developed the software using our industry-leading expertise.

We have extensive experience of developing customised software solutions that have enhanced the operations, sped up the business processes and improved the productivity and efficiency of organisations around the world.

We used this expertise and experience to create a powerful leave and absence management solution that substantially reduces the amount of time and effort employees, managers and HR professionals have to spend on holiday administration.

Buy why not see for yourself how easy it is to book and approve time off using LeaveMaster?

Call us on 0800 33 456 30 or Contact Us and we’ll give you a comprehensive demonstration.

In last week’s blog we discussed how you can grant leave requests with confidence using LeaveMaster.

Today, we’d like to discuss how LeaveMaster also allows you to effortlessly keep track of leave.

Using LeaveMaster’s shared leave calendar, you can see at-a-glance who has booked leave in your organisation, what type of leave they have booked, and when they are going to be away.

You can either get an instant overview of who is going to be away, and when, by viewing an Outlook-style calendar that displays all booked leaves and the leave types for any specific month, or day, of the year.

Or you can view a colour-coded chart that shows you, on a month-by-month basis, when specific team members or work colleagues have booked leave during the year.

Using LeaveMaster’s Leave Status feature, you can also see a list of all your leave requests for the current year.

You can see the start and end date of each leave request, as well as the number of days you have asked to take off for each period of leave and the type of leave requested.

Find out more about LeaveMaster’s invaluable features.

Implement LeaveMaster and you will be able to grant leave requests with confidence in 2012.

That’s because if an employee asks for time off, rather than guessing whether the employee will be needed or not, you will be able to use LeaveMaster’s at-a-glance calendars to see who else will be away during the requested leave period.

You will be able to see whether letting the employee take time off will leave you with insufficient resources or will result in business-critical tasks not being completed. You will then be able to make an informed decision about whether to approve the leave or suggest the employee choose alternative dates for their holiday.


Find out more about the benefits of using LeaveMaster.

The government's fit note scheme has led to employees being off work for longer and has not reduced the likelihood of repeated absence, a study has found.

The fit note scheme was introduced to reduce the level of sickness absence in the UK by letting GPs state which aspects of their jobs employees who would otherwise be off sick could still perform.

However, according to a study conducted by the management firm Firstcare, time off under the scheme has doubled.

Firstcare analysed the records of more than 20,000 employees. They found that employees who asked their GP for a fit note were absent from work for an average of 48 days. In comparison, employees who were off work on long-term sickness absence, but didn’t apply for a fit note, were off work for an average of 20 days.

A proven way to reduce the level of sickness absence in your organisation is to use The Bradford Factor in conjunction with an absent management solution such as LeaveMaster.

Find out more about using The Bradford Factor with LeaveMaster.

In last week’s blog we discussed how you can increase your organisation’s productivity levels using LeaveMaster.

If you implement LeaveMaster you also will be able to speed up holiday booking throughout your organisation in 2012.

Using LeaveMaster, your employees will be able to quickly and easily plan and book their holidays using a fast, automated holiday booking system, while your line managers will be able to approve holidays in seconds by simply clicking a button.

But why not see for yourself how quick and easy it is to book holidays using LeaveMaster? Call us on 0800 33 456 30 or Contact Us and we will give you a comprehensive demonstration.

Implement LeaveMaster in your company and your staff could work more efficiently and productively in 2012.

LeaveMaster allows you to identify employees who routinely taking non-genuine sick days. As it accurately monitors and records sickness absence, LeaveMaster also deters staff from taking unwarranted sick days in the first place. As a result, if you implement LeaveMaster you can significantly reduce your absence levels, which will mean your overall productivity levels will rise.

As LeaveMaster shows you at-a-glance who’s going to be in and who’s going to be out of your office throughout the year, you can also use it to efficiently manage your resources and staff holidays. That means you can maintain high levels of productivity by ensuring key personnel don’t book holidays at the same time and that teams or key functions are never under-staffed.

And as it automates your entire holiday booking process, LeaveMaster additionally helps staff and managers work more efficiently and productively, as they do not have to waste time completing holiday forms. Instead, they can book and approve holidays in seconds and are then free to focus on business critical activities.

Find out more about the benefits of using LeaveMaster.

According to the findings of a new survey replacing doctor’s sick notes with fit notes has failed to reduce levels of employee absence.

The fit note scheme was designed to reduce absenteeism by letting doctors say which aspects of jobs employees who would otherwise be off sick can still perform.

In a survey conducted by the CIPD and Simplyhealth, 87% of employers said they had used fit notes in their organisations. However, less than a third said they felt that fit notes had helped line managers manage absence more effectively, and only one in ten employers said that using fit notes had reduced absence in their organisation.

A more effective way to reduce absenteeism in your organisation is to use an absent management solution like LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

Find out more about reducing absenteeism.

As part of the recent CIPD absence management survey UK employers were asked to rank the five most common causes of short term absence in their organisation.

The majority of employers stated that the main cause of short-term absence in their organisation was minor illnesses such as colds, flu, stomach upsets and headaches.

However, more than 20% of the surveyed employers claimed that non-genuine sickness absence ranked among the top five most common causes of absence in their company.

And the employers admitted that by addressing the problem of unwarranted sickness absence they could significantly improve productivity in their company.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify employees who take non-genuine sick days and reduce the level of unwarranted absenteeism in your organisation.

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According to a report published by Bupa, HR staff are suffering from rising stress levels as a result of staff absenteeism.

Bupa surveyed 100 HR professionals for the report. Over 70% of those surveyed said that employee absenteeism in December would have implications for their HR team.

28% admitted that staff absence is causing rising stress levels amongst their HR staff, while 20% said they have to spend considerably more time than usual in December looking for freelancers and temporary staff to cover for absent employees.

However, more than 40% of the surveyed HR professionals said they believed their organisation experienced high absenteeism levels in December because of staff overindulgence or illness resulting from overindulgence, rather than because employees were genuinely sick.

You can reduce the level of unwarranted absenteeism in your organisation by using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

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A government-backed review into sickness absence has found that staff absenteeism costs the British taxpayer £13 billion a year

The review was commissioned by the Government in February, with the aim of finding ways to reduce sickness absence in both the public and private sectors.

According to the findings of the review, 11 million employees take sick leave every year, with 300,000 going on to claim health-related benefits.

The country as a whole, meanwhile, misses out on £15 billion in economic output every year as a result of sickness absence.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can reduce the level of annual sickness absence in your organisation.

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As we revealed in a blog last week, the latest CIPD absence management survey has found that the average UK employee takes more than seven sick days a year.

The survey has equally insightful findings regarding the cost of absence.

According to the survey, on average, absenteeism cost British organisations £673 per
employee last year. This rose to £743 per member of staff for organisations in the non-profit sector and £800 per employee for organisations in the public sector.

However, despite the high cost of staff absence, fewer than half of the employers surveyed for the CIPD report said they monitored how much absenteeism costs them.

The most efficient and effective way to monitor and reduce staff absenteeism is to use an absence management solution such as LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

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