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According to the latest CIPD absence management survey, the average employee in the UK takes 7.7 days of absence a year.

However, employees working in the non-profit sector take 8.8 days off sick each year while staff working in the public sector are absent for an average of 9.1 days every year.

The CIPD 2011 absence management survey also reveals that short-term staff absences account for two-thirds of all working time lost in the UK every year.

You can download the survey for free here.

Or to find out how you can use LeaveMaster and the Bradford Factor to reduce absenteeism in your organisation, click here.

According to a survey of small companies although small businesses do not experience the same high levels of absenteeism as larger companies, absenteeism stills impacts their bottom line.

The survey was conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). They found that, on average, small businesses only experience 2.4 days of sickness absence per employee each year, which is significantly lower than the national average of 7.7 days per employee per year.

However, the FSB also found that, in the last year, sickness absence cost small companies an average of £1,500, while 9% of small businesses lost more than £5,000 as a result of absenteeism.
Companies of all sizes, from small to medium sized enterprises to large businesses, use LeaveMaster to reduce their absenteeism levels and streamline their absence management processes.

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Allowing bars and pubs to stay open longer in England and Wales has led to an increase in workplace absenteeism, a study has found.

The study was conducted by researchers from Lancaster University Management School. They examined absence rates before and after the 2005 Licensing Act, which allowed pubs and bars to legally stay open past 11pm. They found that absence rates were 1% higher after the change in the licensing law, which across the English and Welsh workforces amounts to an estimated 660,000 extra sick days.

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

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Implement LeaveMaster and you could see a significant rise in productivity levels across your organisation.

That’s because if you are still using a paper-based or spreadsheet system to record and manage leave and absence your staff and managers may be wasting substantial amounts of time and money: filling in holiday forms, processing leave requests, recording staff absences and calculating leave balances.

However, if you implement LeaveMaster your employees, managers and HR professionals will be able to make, process and record leave requests quickly and efficiently using an automated online system: substantially reducing the amount of time they spend on holiday administration and freeing them up to focus on improving your bottom line.

In fact, we’ve estimated that, using LeaveMaster, it takes half the time for an employee to make a leave request than it does using a traditional paper-based system. In addition, LeaveMaster cuts the time line managers spend on processing leave requests by as much as two-thirds and eliminates the need to re-calculate leave balances every time an employee is away.

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

British small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will lose £3.4 billion over the next six months as a result of employees calling in sick, a research study has found.

The study was conducted by the online market research agency Opinium who questioned the owners of small and medium-sized businesses about the number of sick days they lose in a year.

The owners surveyed for the study estimated that they collectively lose 63 million days a year through sickness absence, with two thirds of these days lost during the winter: when high numbers of staff typically call in sick with colds and flu.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction in with the Bradford Factor, you can reduce the level of sickness absence in your organisation by identifying members of staff who have been habitually taking unwarranted sick days.

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Nearly half of Britain’s working professionals failed to take their full holiday entitlement last year, a survey has found.

The survey was conducted by the recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, who polled more than 1,700 professionals.

Only 53% of the UK respondents who were surveyed for the poll said they used up their full annual leave allowance last year. 23% of UK respondents took approximately 75% of their holiday allowance, 6% took only half of their entitlement, 7% took only a quarter and 11% took no holiday at all.

Implement LeaveMaster and everyone in your organisation will be able to see at a glance exactly how many days holiday they have taken during the year and how much of their entitlement they have remaining.

Your employees will be able to make sure they use up their full allowance, while your managers will be able to accurately keep track of staff holidays and ensure employees do not take more holiday than they are entitled to.

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In a blog last week, we discussed the results of  a global workforce survey, which found that more than 50% of employees are negatively affected when their colleagues take a sick day.

Yet although the survey found that unwarranted sick days damage productivity in organisations around the world, the same survey found that less than 50% of companies use an automated system to track and record staff absences.

When asked if their employers use an automated system to keep track of absences, only 45% of the global employees polled for the survey responded yes, while 31% responded no and 19% said they didn't know.

The advantage of using an automated system, such as LeaveMaster, to record staff absences is that line managers and HR professionals can see at a glance how many sick days each employee has had. This makes it easier to identify employees who habitually take unwarranted sick days than if a note of absences is made manually or on a spreadsheet or not at all.

As LeaveMaster keeps accurate, up-to-the-minute records of staff sick days, managers and HR professionals also have access to irrefutable absence data, which can be used in disciplinary hearings. Managers can also use the data collected in the solution to create reports that show absenteeism patterns and trends across their organisation.

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

When an employee takes a sick day, it has a negative impact on other members of staff, an absence survey has found.

Conducted by Harris Interactive and published by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, the survey examines how the rest of the workforce is affected when employees take sick days.

51% of employees polled for the survey said they were negatively affected when their colleagues called in sick.

A high percentage of the surveyed employees said colleagues’ sick days affected them because they had to take on the workload of absent members of staff, while many others said that when colleagues called in sick, their stress levels increased.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify which employees in your organisation are increasing the workloads of other members of staff and damaging productivity by taking unwarranted sick days.

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According to new research, employers who provide line managers with absence management training can significantly reduce the level of absence in their organisation.

The research was conducted by XpertHR who found that when line managers are given absence management training, they have the confidence to tackle staff absence proactively. As a result, the organisation’s absence rate can be reduced by as much as two-thirds.

Implement LeaveMaster and your line managers will have all the tools and up-to-the-minute data they need to tackle unwarranted absenteeism in your organisation and reduce your sickness absence rates.

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According to research conducted by Mercer and sponsored by Kronos, absences that are unscheduled and have not been approved ahead of time by a line manager cost organisations more than 5% of their payroll.

Mercer surveyed 276 organisations from all major industry segments for the research. They found that the average total costs of incidental unplanned absences, such as staff sick days, amount to 5.8% of payroll.

Mercer also found that when employees take unscheduled absences organisations experience an average net loss of productivity of 19% per day.

You can reduce your sickness absence costs by over 25% by using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

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A new survey has found that China has the world’s highest rate of unwarranted staff absenteeism.

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Workforce Institute at Kronos and looked at which regions around the world have the highest rates of absenteeism.

71% of surveyed employees in China admitted that they had called in sick when they were not actually ill. This compares to 62% in India, 58% in Australia, 52% in both the US and Canada, 43% in the UK and only 16% in France.

Many of the respondents who admitted to faking illness said that, after calling in sick, they had simply stayed at home and watched TV, stayed in bed or met up with friends and relatives.

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

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The fit note system has not been effective in reducing unwarranted sickness absence in UK organisations, a survey has revealed.

Introduced in April 2010,  the fit note scheme was supposed to reduce absence levels by letting GPs tell employers which aspects of their jobs employees who would otherwise be off on sick leave can still perform.

However, in a survey conducted by XpertHR, employers expressed little confidence in the fit note system and over 50% of those surveyed said that the scheme had not been effective in reducing the unwarranted sickness absence rate in their organisation.

The most effective way to reduce unwarranted sickness absence in your organisation is to use a leave management system such as LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

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According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), more than a fifth of UK employers do not monitor and record sickness absence.

The DWP have released the findings from a quantitative survey entitled Health and well-being at work: a survey of employers.

A quarter of employers surveyed for the report said that sickness absence was a real barrier to productivity in their organisation. However, two out of every ten employers admitted they did not have a system in place for recording staff sick days.

The survey also found that, in general, large employers are more likely to have a higher incidence of sickness absence than medium-sized and small employers.

You can download the full results of the DWP survey here.

Or to find out how you can use LeaveMaster to accurately record and monitor all forms of staff leave and absence, click here.

We revealed in a blog last week that Acas has urged UK employers to communicate leave and absence management policies for the 2012 London Olympic Games now, in order to reduce the risk of unauthorised absence next year.

The employment relations service’s concerns have been borne out by research conducted by Badenoch & Clark.

The recruitment consultants questioned 1,000 office workers about next year’s Olympic Games and one in six (15.7%) admitted they would consider taking a sickie to watch Olympic events.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify staff members who habitually take sickies and deter unwarranted absenteeism.

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There is still a year to go before the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games, but Acas has urged UK employers to start planning for the event.

The employment relations service has advised employers to communicate leave and absence management policies for the Games now: in order to reduce the risk of unauthorised absence during the Games and ensure employees who have tickets or are volunteering get their holiday requests in early.

You can read Acas’ guidance for employers here.

Or to find out why using LeaveMaster is the most effective way to monitor and manage leave at any time of the year, click here.

According to a new survey, one in three British employees have lied about being sick in order to take time off work.

The survey was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers who polled over 1,000 people. 34% of those surveyed admitted they had taken a sick day when they were not really ill, in order to spend time with their family or simply because they were bored and depressed with work.

40% of employees who admitted to taking fake sick days even said they planned ahead by pretending to fall ill in advance of calling in sick.

LeaveMaster acts as a deterrent to unwarranted absenteeism because whenever an employee calls in sick, their sick day can be logged in the application by a manager or a team member. LeaveMaster then adds the sick day to the employee’s permanent, online sickness record and automatically updates the employee’s Bradford Factor score.

Knowing that, if they call in sick, the absence will be added to their sickness record and their Bradford Factor score updated, employees are dissuaded from taking the day off if they’re not really ill.

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UK employers have been warned that they could face record levels of sickness absence during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In a poll conducted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), only 10% of employers said they are going to let their staff work flexible hours during the London Olympics.  

Since the Olympic Games will be a significant occasion for the UK and many employees will want to take time out to see events, the CIPP has warned employers that unless they change their stance and let staff work flexible hours, they could be hit with a high number of staff sickies.

The CIPP has additionally recommended that employers start planning how they are going to handle an expected high number of annual leave requests over the two weeks of the Games.

The most effective way to manage leave requests and reduce unwarranted sickness absence in your organisation is to use an absence management solution such as LeaveMaster.

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With so many employees typically taking time off in July and August, it can be hard to keep track of staff holidays at this time of year.

If your organisation still records absence on a spreadsheet or on holiday forms, it can be especially difficult to remember when employees have booked holidays and it can be all too easy to forget that a team member is about to go away until it’s too late to arrange cover for them or to ensure that key tasks are completed before they leave.

If you implement LeaveMaster in your organisation, you will be able to see at-a-glance who in your organisation is about to go on holiday and when.

LeaveMaster’s leave calendars give you an instant reminder of all upcoming leave in your organisation, so you can ensure cover is arranged in time or business-critical tasks are completed before staff go away.

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In a recent blog,we discussed how a series of new surveys have revealed that sickness absence remains a costly issue in many organisations.

This has been backed up by a recent poll which shows that the majority of HR professionals believe sickness absence is a problem in their organisation.

The HR professionals who view the Personnel Today website were asked whether they felt their organisation's sickness absence rate was too high and 52.63% responded Yes.

By using LeaveMaster’s powerful reporting and analysis tools and in-built Bradford Factor feature, you can tackle the costly problem of unwarranted absence in your organisation and reduce your sickness absence rates.

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An online survey of European employers has revealed the worst excuses employees give for needing to take a day off work.

Over 750 business leaders in British, French, German, Italian and Swedish organisations were asked to share examples of the most unusual excuses they have received from employees for needing to be absent.

Amongst the excuses given by employees were the fact that their foot was stuck in the toilet, someone had thrown a garden gnome through their window and they had to take their mother shopping.

One employee claimed to have been intoxicated by burning vines, one said she had
got her finger stuck in a car door and another claimed he had injured his leg chasing his dog to prevent it from attacking a rabbit. Another employee, meanwhile, had simply had a nightmare and felt too out of sorts to come to work.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can significantly reduce the amount of unwarranted absence in your organisation.

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