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LeaveMaster has been commended in an article on killerstartups.com  for its innovative absence management features.

The article notes that LeaveMaster’s ability to identify absenteeism patterns and trends in an organisation: “is not only novel but actually incredibly useful.” The article goes on to observe that, coupled with the in-built tool which automatically calculates the ongoing Bradford Factor score for each and every employee, this makes LeaveMaster a highly versatile tool.

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With the Easter holidays just around the corner and the summer holiday season only a few months away, line managers and HR departments around the country have no doubt been swamped by a flood of staff holiday requests.
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Thinking of booking a holiday, but not sure when to take time off? Planning a holiday on LeaveMaster takes no more than a few clicks of the mouse. And thanks to LeaveMaster’s at-a-glance calendar views, you can also ensure your booked leave does not clash with other key personnel in your organisation.

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One of the most useful features in LeaveMaster is the Leave Status feature, which displays an at-a-glance list of all the leave requests you have made in the current calendar year.

This includes details of the start and end date for each period of requested leave, as well as the number of days you asked to take off and the type of leave requested. You can also see whether the leave was approved or rejected, or is still pending authorisation from your line manager.

This makes it easy to keep track of leave requests that have yet to be authorised and also gives you an instant overview of all your booked leaves.

The Leave Status feature also makes it simple to cancel leave, as all you need to do is find the period of leave you wish to cancel, from the list of leave requests displayed on your Leave Status page, and click on Cancel.

You can find out more about LeaveMaster’s time and cost-saving features here.


It could not be quicker or easier to plan holidays and request leave using LeaveMaster, as it takes no more than a few clicks of the mouse. To request leave, all you need to do is select the type of leave you wish to take from a drop down menu and choose a start and end date using a pop up calendar. LeaveMaster then takes care of the rest by automatically populating a leave request form for you.

You just need to hit Submit and your leave request is sent to your line manager, who can approve or reject it at the click of a button. It’s that simple.

And even if your line manager is away or is otherwise unable to authorise your request, the process still couldn’t be any easier. You simply inform your Systems Administrator that your line manager is away and they will arrange for your leave request to be sent to an alternative member of staff who is able to approve holidays.
 
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Implement LeaveMaster in your organization and you can expect to receive an exceptional return on your investment, as LeaveMaster not only helps you reduce absenteeism, but also substantially cuts the amount of time that your employees, managers and HR professionals need to spend on making, processing and recording leave requests.

We’ve calculated that, by using LeaveMaster, a company with 200 employees can reduce its leave processing costs by as much as 96%, and can reduce its overall leave and absence costs by almost 50%.

By why not call us on 0800 33 456 30 and we’ll give you an estimate of the exceptional return on investment your organisation will enjoy using LeaveMaster.

LeaveMaster is a powerful tool for tackling the costly problem of staff absenteeism as it creates a permanent, indisputable record of sick leave for every employee in your organisation, and automatically-calculates your employees’ ongoing Bradford Factor scores; deterring absenteeism and allowing you to easily identify, and take action against, members of staff whose absences are costing your business.

We’ve estimated that, by using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, an organisation with 200 employees can reduce its sickness absence costs by over 25% (based on an absenteeism rate of 2.8% and absenteeism costs of £134,400 using a manual absence management system, and an absenteeism rate of 2% and absenteeism costs of £96,000 using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor).

To find out more about reducing your sickness absence costs using LeaveMaster and the Bradford Factor, click here.

In an informative article on sickness management in hrmagazine.co.uk, Pamela Gellatly, Chief Executive of Healthcare RM, has stated that collecting and analysing sickness data should be a key part of any organisation's business management strategy.
 
Encouraging organisations to minimise the impact of staff sickness by taking a more active approach to sickness management, she proposes in the article that the collation and analysis of data should be one of the foundation stones of any organisation’s attendance management policy.

One of the key benefits of LeaveMaster is that it enables you to easily and accurately collect and analyse data on all forms of employee leave and absence, include holidays, training days and sick days.

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In response to two European Court of Justice rulings, the UK government has published new guidance   for both employers and employees on paid holiday and sick leave.
 
The combined effect of the two rulings (Vicente Pereda v Madrid Movilidad SA and Stringer v HMRC) is that employees who fall ill during a period of scheduled annual leave may now be able to rearrange their leave for a later date; even if that means carrying untaken leave over to the following year.

Although the new legislation will mean that employees who become sick while on holiday will be able to recover from illness without missing out on annual leave, this could also place a huge administrative burden on employers.

The most efficient and effective way to keep track of employee leave and manage absence in the light of the ECJ rulings is to implement an accurate, automated leave management system, such as LeaveMaster, in your organisation.

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As discussed in yesterday’s blog, LeaveMaster’s shared leave calendar allows managers and staff to see at-a-glance who has booked leave in your organisation and when they are going to be away.

But did you know that the leave calendar can be viewed in two different, but equally time-saving ways?

LeaveMaster’s Calendar View feature displays who is going to be away, and when, in your organisation, on an Outlook-style calendar. You can either get an instant overview of who has booked leave in your company during any specific month of the year, with all booked leaves and the leave types, as well as public and company holidays, displayed Outlook-style on the calendar. Or you can see who is due to be away in your organisation, and details of the type of leave booked, on any specific day of the year.

LeaveMaster’s Planner View feature displays 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. This feature is particularly useful for planning holidays, as it allows employees to see when other members of their team are going to be away, so they can avoid requesting leave on the same days and increase their chances of having their holiday authorised.

For more information about LeaveMaster’s time and cost-saving features, click here.

For many employees, their annual leave entitlement is second only to their salary as their main “perk” of the job. As a result, if an employee wishes to take time off during a traditionally busy time of the year for the company, or during a popular holiday period when personnel who perform similar functions may also be away, their line manager can be faced with a difficult decision.

Do they authorise the leave and risk leaving their team or business-critical functions under-staffed, or do they turn down the leave request and risk demotivating the employee, who may simply call in sick on the days they wished to take off anyway?

LeaveMaster takes the guesswork out of the process by giving everyone in your organisation access to a shared leave calendar that shows you, at-a-glance, who has booked leave, and when they are going to be away.

So whenever an employee puts in a leave request, rather than going on a “gut feeling” about whether the employee will be needed, you can see who else in the organisation is going to be away during the requested leave period and make an informed decision about whether to grant or deny the leave.

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According to a new sickness absence survey a third of all the sick days that are taken annually by UK employees are spent playing videogames.

In a poll of almost two thousand workers, 24% of the men surveyed, and 5% of the women, admitted that they have spent a sick day playing videogames. 14% of the men also confessed that they have no qualms about feigning illness in order to take the day off on Videogame release days.

By showing you at a glance how many sick days each of your employees has taken, as well as their ongoing Bradford Factor score, LeaveMaster enables you to identify staff who regularly feign illness in order to play the latest versions of Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto .

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It’s not only quick and easy to book time off using LeaveMaster, cancelling leave couldn’t be any more effortless either, requiring no more than a few clicks of the mouse.

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Did you know that, using LeaveMaster, you can get an instant overview of all your leave requests for the current year and see the status of each request at a glance?

LeaveMaster’s invaluable Leave Status feature provides you with a complete 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.

For each leave request, you can also see whether the leave has been approved or rejected, or is still pending authorisation from your line manager.

For more information about LeaveMaster’s time and cost-saving features, click here.

Holiday administration can be labour-intensive and time-consuming and, if staff and managers are wasting time filling out and filing holiday forms rather than focusing on business critical tasks, it can also be detrimental to productivity.

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As discussed in previous blogs this week, the Bradford Factor is a powerful tool for tackling absenteeism as it enables you to identify employees whose “little and often” absences are damaging your business and deters staff from taking unwarranted sick days.

But why should you get a leave management solution such as LeaveMaster to automatically-calculate the formula for you? Why not calculate it manually?

Calculating the ongoing Bradford Factor score for every employee in your organisation, either manually or using a spreadsheet, would be time-consuming, complicated and highly labour-intensive, with each employee’s score having to be re-calculated every time they called in sick.
To be effective as a deterrent and for the Bradford Factor statistics to be used in disciplinary hearings, the process for calculating the formula would also have to be fool-proof and the data indisputable. But if you were to mistakenly put the wrong number of episodes of absence into the equation, the exponential nature of the formula would mean that an employee’s Bradford Factor score could be doubled or even tripled, resulting in unwarranted disciplinary action against the employee and a loss in confidence in the system.

To find out more about how LeaveMaster frees you from this potential for error, click here

We announced yesterday that LeaveMaster now automatically calculates the ongoing Bradford Factor score for every employee in your organisation. But what is the Bradford Factor and how does it help you reduce absenteeism?

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We’re delighted to announce that LeaveMaster now automatically calculates the ongoing Bradford Factor score for every employee in your organisation for you; even intuitively taking into account non-working days such as weekends and bank holidays.

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As employees plan the leave they wish to take this year and begin to put in holiday requests, making sure that personnel who perform the same, or similar, business-critical functions spread out their leave and do not book holidays at the same time will be imperative.

An invaluable feature of LeaveMaster is that it allows you to see at a glance who in your company has booked leave, or will be otherwise absent, and when, so you can make informed decisions before authorising staff leave and avoid leaving business-critical functions under-staffed.

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With the freezing weather finally abating, employees’ thoughts are no doubt turning to planning and booking their summer holidays, and line managers and HR departments could soon find themselves hit by a deluge of holiday applications.

Implement an automated, web-based system for recording and monitoring leave, such as LeaveMaster, in your organisation, and you can substantially reduce the amount of time that staff, managers and HR professionals in your company spend on holiday administration in 2010 and prevent a pile of unprocessed holiday applications from building up.

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