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survey has revealed that, on average, sickness absence cost UK companies £743,175 last year. This amounts to £618 per employee.

The annual XpertHR absence rates survey has also revealed that British employees took an average of 6.4 days off sick last year, with public-sector absence rates exceeding those in the private sector.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify employees whose unwarranted sickness absences are costing your organisation and can reduce your absenteeism rates.

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The majority of British HR directors do not bring in extra members of staff to cover employees who are on holiday, a survey has revealed. Instead, line managers and colleagues typically have to take on the work of staff who are on leave.

The survey was conducted by OfficeTeam who interviewed 200 HR directors. 85% of the directors surveyed said they do not bring in extra staff to take on the workloads of employees who are on holiday. Instead, they expect other members of staff to take on extra work.

Meanwhile, 37% of the surveyed directors said that an absent employee’s line manager typically assumed responsibility for their work.

LeaveMaster’s interactive calendars show you at a glance who is going to be away in your organisation and when, so you can arrange cover for absent employees and minimise the impact of staff holidays.

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Nearly a quarter of UK employees have lied to their line manager in order to get leave approved, a survey has revealed.  

Conducted by Skyscanner, the survey has also revealed that 7% of employees have pretended to be ill in order to go on holiday and 4% have faked a family emergency to get their employer to grant them time off.

The survey additionally found that staff have falsely claimed to be snowed in or attending the funeral of a close friend in order to avoid going to work.

Implement LeaveMaster and you will be able to accurately monitor and manage all forms of staff leave. You also will be able to identify employees who routinely take unwarranted time off.

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survey has revealed that British employees spend up to three hours a day working during their summer holidays.

The survey was conducted by Regus who interviewed 2,500 workers. 39% of the employees surveyed said they spend up to three hours a day on work-related activities while on holiday.

Meanwhile, 25% said they use smartphones and tablets to check emails and to stay in touch with the office when they are on leave

Implement LeaveMaster and you will be able to accurately and efficiently manage and monitor all forms of employee leave and absence.

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According to a recently-published study, almost a fifth of the UK’s workforce may feign sickness over the next two weeks in order to watch the Olympics.

Published by Badenoch & Clark, the study reveals that 18.5% of UK employees think that they, or their colleagues, may be tempted to call in sick during the London 2012 Games.

Over a quarter of workers between the ages of 18 and 24 have said that they would be tempted to take a sickie during the Olympics, and 26% of Londoners have claimed that they, or their colleagues, might call in sick or miss work during the Games.

If you use LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify employees who routinely take unwarranted sickies.

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Implement LeaveMaster and you will be able to establish a single, streamlined system for applying for leave in your organisation.

Instead of requesting leave using different paper-based or spreadsheet systems, depending on which system their team or department uses, all of your employees will be able to book their holidays using the same fast, automated online system.

This will significantly speed up holiday booking and leave processing in your organisation and will substantially cut the amount of time your line managers and employees spend on holiday administration and paperwork.

Your managers and HR professionals will also be able to keep accurate, up-to-date records of all forms of staff leave and absence and will be able to efficiently manage resources by seeing at-a-glance who has booked holiday in the company and when they are going to be away.

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The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) has advised employers that they may be hit with an influx of holiday requests in the run up to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

According to research conducted by the CIPP, nearly one in six UK employees are planning to book leave in order to watch events during the Olympic Games.

With a large number of employees looking to take time off, the CIPP has warned employers that they may face administrative difficulties trying to process a large volume of holiday requests at the same time and need to make sure they are prepared in advance.

The payroll body has also advised employers that they need to be ready to deal with competing requests for time off and should have a policy in place for staff who want to work irregular hours during the Olympic period.

Implement LeaveMaster in your organisation and you will be able to process holiday requests quickly and accurately.

You will also be able to maintain high levels of productivity and customer service during popular holiday periods by efficiently managing and monitoring employee leave.

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According to a new study, private businesses in the UK lose around £3.1 billion each year as a result of long-term sick leave.

This rises to around £6.5 billion when public sector organisations are included in the figures.

The study was conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research and has also revealed that organisations with more than 500 employees lose an estimated £620,000 per annum because of long-term sickness absence.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can tackle the costly problem of absenteeism in your organisation.

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Following a new European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling , employees who are ill or injured during a period of annual leave now have the right to re-take their leave a later date, irrespective of when they became sick.

Prior to the ruling, workers who fell ill, or who were injured, while on annual leave were permitted to turn their holiday into sick leave and re-take their annual leave at an alternative date.

Under the new ruling, employees who were already ill or injured before taking annual leave are now also able to re-take the leave at a later date, if their illness or injury continues into the annual leave period.

The UK Government is planning to amend the Working Time Regulations 1998 to incorporate the new ECJ ruling.

Implement LeaveMaster in your organisation and you will be to accurately and efficiently manage and monitor all forms of employee leave and absence.

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A supermarket employee who pretended to be ill in order to go on holiday with her friends, was caught  red-handed when she ran into her boss at the holiday resort.

The employee was unable to get time off work, so she feigned illness and took a week of sick leave so that she could go to Magaluf in Spain with her friends. However, when she arrived at the holiday resort, she discovered that her boss was staying in the same apartment block as her.

She later found out that she had booked the holiday at the same travel agent as her manager.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify members of staff who are costing your business by routinely taking unwarranted sick days.

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Less than a quarter of all British employers know the costs of staff absenteeism, a survey has found.

The survey was conducted by employers’ body EEF and Westfield Health. It found that just 22% of UK firms measure the direct cost of sickness absence. As a result, the EEF has committing itself to developing a template for businesses that will help them to calculate the costs of absenteeism.

We’ve estimated that, by using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can reduce your sickness absence costs by over 25%.

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According to the findings of a research report each bank holiday in the UK costs the economy £2.3 billion.

Published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the report also states that scrapping bank holidays in the UK would boost annual output by £19 billion.

However, these figures have been called into question by an impact assessment prepared by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which assessed the impact that the recent bank holiday on June 5 had on the UK economy.

According to the assessment, the bank holiday, which was added to the calendar to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, at best cost the UK economy £1.2 billion.

Using LeaveMaster’s powerful reporting tools, you can assess the impact that holidays and absences have on your organisation.

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In a blog post last week, we discussed how employers have been warned about employees taking unwarranted sickness absences during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

However, employers have additionally been warned that members of staff may also take sickies over the next three weeks in order to watch international football on TV.

The Euro 2012 football tournament starts on Friday 8 June and many matches kick off at 5pm, including England's opening game against France on Monday 11 June.

Employers have been informed that they may notice an increase in short-term absenteeism during the tournament, as a result of employees faking sickness absence in order to watch matches at home.

To avoid unauthorised absences and to minimise disruption during Euro 2012, employers have been encouraged to adopt a flexible approach to working hours and to consider letting staff take time off at short notice and allowing them to leave work early.

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

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UK employers have been warned that employees may take unwarranted sickness absences during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

An extra bank holiday has been added to the calendar on Tuesday 5 June, in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. However,  employees do not have the automatic right to take the day off and, in many cases, it will be up to employers to decide whether or not to grant staff the day off.

According to an article on the Personnel Today website, if employers do expect their staff to come into work on June 5th, they may experience a number of unauthorised staff absences, as a result of employees deciding to take the day off anyway by calling in sick when they are not really ill.

Employers have been encouraged to deter staff from taking unwarranted sickness absences during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, by making it clear that employees who call in sick may be subject to disciplinary action unless they can prove that their sickness was genuine.

An effective way to deter staff from taking unwarranted sick days is to use LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor in your organisation.

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More than 130 million working days were lost to sickness absence in the UK last year, a report has revealed.

Issued by the Office for National Statistics, the report also reveals that employees in London had the lowest percentage of hours lost to sickness in 2011 while workers in the North East and Wales had the highest percentage of lost hours, and that the percentage of hours lost to sickness absence was lower in the private sector than in the public sector.

By implementing LeaveMaster in your organisation, you can deter staff from taking unwarranted sick days and reduce your absenteeism rates.

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Want to know how much time and money you could save using LeaveMaster?

Why not try out LeaveMaster’s time and cost-saving features for yourself by requesting a free trial?

 

Try LeaveMaster today and you can find out how you can:

 

  • Cut the time it takes employees to make leave requests in half

  • Reduce the time line managers have to spend on processing leave requests by as much as two-thirds

  • Reduce your leave processing costs by as much as 96%

  • Cut your absenteeism costs by over 25%

  • Reduce your overall leave and absence costs by almost 50%

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According to a YouGov survey more than a fifth of UK employees will take unauthorised time off during the 2012 Olympic Games.

More than 2,000 people were surveyed for the poll. 21% of the surveyed employees admitted that they were willing to take unauthorised absence from work in order to watch high profile events during the Games.

The survey also found that only 22% of workers believe their organisation is prepared for the disruption likely to be caused by the forthcoming Olympics and only 9% of employees have received information about flexible working policies during the Games.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can identify employees whose unauthorised absences are disrupting and costing your business.

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A research study has revealed a connection between New Year’s health and fitness resolutions and increases in staff absence.

The study found that when employees make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more or play more sport they often set themselves over-ambitious exercise plans and end up having to take time off work to recover from fitness-related injuries.

The study also found that DIY and gardening injuries are additionally a common cause of staff absence.

The most efficient and effective way to manage all forms of employee absence is to implement a powerful leave and absence management solution such as LeaveMaster.

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survey has found that the majority of UK employers have not yet established a formal policy for taking leave during the London 2012 Olympics.

A poll of 1000 workers conducted by recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark found that 60% of employees have not been told what arrangements will be in place in their organisation for taking holidays during the Olympics.

With many members of staff likely to want to book holidays to attend events and watch the Games on TV, Badenoch & Clark have warned employers that, unless they establish an official leave policy, large numbers of employees could take leave at the same time, and, as a result, offices will be significantly understaffed.

By implementing LeaveMaster in your organisation, you can efficiently and effectively plan and manage staff leave throughout the year.

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Council workers in London take more than 800,000 sick days a year, at an annual cost to the taxpayer of £118 million, absenteeism figures show.

The figures were obtained by Company FirstCare from 25 councils across London.

Hillingdon was found to have the highest absenteeism rate, with employees taking an average of nearly 10 days off sick every year.

According to the data collected, Haringey, Camden, Waltham Forest and Newham councils also have high rates of absence, with the average member of staff in each council taking more than eight days off sick every year.

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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