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One of the problems with using a manual, paper-based system to book and process leave requests is that each time a member of staff books a holiday, either the employee or their line manager has to manually recalculate the amount of holiday the employee still has left to take that year.

This not only takes time, there is also always the danger that the employee’s leave balance will be incorrectly recalculated, resulting either in a line manager needing to correct the balance, wasting even more time, or the employee taking more, or less, holiday than they were entitled to that year.

Whenever an employee books leave using LeaveMaster however, their remaining leave balance is automatically readjusted and displayed, so no time is wasted on recalculating balances and there are never any doubts or confusion over how many days’ leave employees have taken and how many days they have remaining.
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Organisations who use LeaveMaster frequently tell us that, as a result of implementing the solution, their employees are spending significantly less time on unproductive and time-consuming administrative procedures and more time on their core tasks and activities.

LeaveMaster frees up staff to focus on more productive tasks because it takes only half the time for an employee to make a leave request using the application than it does using a traditional paper-based holiday management system, while LeaveMaster also cuts the time line managers have to spend on processing leave requests by as much as two-thirds.

To find out more about how your organisation can benefit from using LeaveMaster, click here.

Want to know who’s absent today in your organisation? Using LeaveMaster, it could not be quicker or simpler to find out.

LeaveMaster’s shared leave calendar contains a useful who’s off today feature. At the click of a button, you can see exactly who in your organisation is off sick or on holiday on the current day; so you can re-schedule meetings and avoid forwarding customer or supplier phone calls to absent members of staff.

The shared leave calendar in LeaveMaster also allows you to see who is going to be away in your organisation on any upcoming day of the year.

To find out more about LeaveMaster’s powerful features and functionality, click here.


According to a new sickness absence survey, UK manufacturers gained, on average, an extra one day of work per employee last year due to lower absence levels.

Conducted by manufacturers' organisation the EEF and Unum, a financial protection provider, the survey also found that 41% of manufacturing companies saw a decrease in short-term sickness absence last year, while, on average, 44% of manufacturing employees did not take a day off sick in 2009.

You can view the results of the survey here.

Or to find out how you can use LeaveMaster to lower your organisation’s absence levels, click here  



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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It’s been estimated that a combination of the hot weather and the fact that World Cup matches are taking place in the afternoons could cost British businesses millions of pounds.
Recruitment firm Badenoch and Clarke has calculated that staff calling in sick, or not returning to the office after lunch, in order to enjoy the sunshine or the football, could cost UK employers a total of £147million.
The most cost-effective way to tackle the problem of unwarranted absence in your organisation is to implement a leave and absence management solution such as LeaveMaster.
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UK companies could experience a bout of post-recession sickness absence, the editor of Occupational Health magazine has claimed.

Talking on Personnel Today’s weekly podcast, Noel O'Reilly suggested that, as the economy picks up and fears over job security lessen, staff will be less worried about taking sick days and, as a result, sickness absence levels could rise.

You can listen to the podcast here

Or to find out how you can tackle the costly problem of sickness absence in your organisation, by using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, click here.

According to a survey   conducted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), fears that the World Cup would cause employees to be unproductive or absent from work have so far proved unfounded.

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With July and August just weeks away, employees across the country are no doubt busy planning and booking their summer holidays, while line managers and HR departments are having to deal with a deluge of summer holiday requests.

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 Managers and HR professionals face World Cup challenge

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup now underway and many games kicking off on weekday afternoons, line managers and HR professionals will need to perform a delicate balancing act over the next month.

The challenge will be to ensure good employee attendance, motivation and performance in the office, whilst not demotivating staff and prompting unwarranted absences, which, for example, may happen if a blanket ban is placed on watching games during work hours.

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As the 2010 FIFA World Cup finally kicks off, Acas has become the latest organisation to issue guidelines designed to help employers get the best from employees and avoid absence during the tournament.

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Although absenteeism rates are typically much higher in public organisations than in privately owned companies, a new TUC report   has found that public sector staff are actually more likely to come into work when ill than their private-sector counterparts.

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