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In a recent blog, we discussed the results of the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey, which revealed that the average UK employee took 6.5 days off sick last year, while non-genuine sickness absence cost the UK economy over £2.7 billion.

However, the CBI/Pfizer survey is just one of a series of new sickness absence surveys that have been released

According to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK workers take an average of 10 days of unscheduled absence a year, costing UK business approximately £32 billion. Conversely, the EEF/Westfield Health 2011 Sickness Absence Survey found that the average British employee took five days off sick in 2010.

Meanwhile, a poll of 500 employers conducted by Group Risk Development found that public sector employees take more sick days than their private sector counterparts. One-third of public sector employers surveyed said that the average employee in their organisation takes more than five days off sick per year. By comparison, only 15.9% of private sector employers said their average employee takes more than five annual sick days.

Although the findings vary from survey to survey, the surveys are united in revealing that sickness absence remains a costly issue in many organisations, which is why an absence management solution such as LeaveMaster is essential.

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British employers are getting tough on members of staff who take unwarranted sick days, a new survey has found.

The survey was conducted by job search company CareerBuilder, who interviewed nearly 200 British managing directors. They found that 50% of employers check that an employee who has called in sick is genuinely ill.

To see if an employee has a legitimate reason for being off work and isn’t faking illness, employers use a wide range of tactics including phoning the employee, calling by their house, asking for a doctor’s note and checking the employee’s social networking page.

One of the most effective ways to identify employees who take unwarranted sick days is to use LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor.

To find out more, click here.

According to the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey, non-genuine sickness absence cost the British economy over £2.7 billion last year.

The survey found that 190 million working days were lost to absence last year, of which 30.4 million days were lost as a result of employees taking “sickies” when they weren’t really ill.

The survey also found that the average UK employee took 6.5 days off sick in 2010.

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

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If your organisation still uses a paper or a spreadsheet-based system for booking leave and recording absence, you may find it hard to keep track of staff holidays and sick days.

If you have to wade through paperwork or scan spreadsheets to see when employees have booked holidays or called in sick, it can be difficult to keep track of when staff are going to be away so that cover can be arranged in time and key tasks completed.

It can also be hard to monitor sickness absence and ensure members of staff aren’t taking a high number of “sickies”.
Implement LeaveMaster, however, and you will be able to quickly and easily monitor, and keep track of, all forms of staff leave and absence.

Using LeaveMaster’s company-wide calendars, you will be able to see at-a-glance who’s going to be out of the office on any working day: so you can make informed decisions before approving leave and ensure business-critical tasks are performed before employees take leave.

You will also be able to view accurate, up-to-the-minute records of sick leave for all employees, so you can identify staff who habitually take sickies and reduce your sickness absence costs.

Find out more about the benefits of using LeaveMaster.

Implement LeaveMaster in your organisation and you will be able to save time and money on holiday booking and absence management almost immediately because LeaveMaster couldn’t be simpler to set up.

The LeaveMaster team can either securely install LeaveMaster on your network and seamlessly integrate it with your existing IT systems and solutions. Or we can cost-effectively host it for you so you and your employees can quickly and easily access it via the web.

To find out more about our simple set up options, call us on: 0800 33 456 30.

According to a new survey , the average UK employee takes the equivalent of a full working week off sick every year.

Conducted by the EEF and Westfield Health, the survey found that, although the level of sickness absence in the UK is falling, the average employee still took five days of sickness absence in 2010.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can deter unwarranted sickness absence in your organisation and reduce your absenteeism levels.

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Because we wanted to make it effortless to use LeaveMaster to manage and monitor all types of leave and absence, LeaveMaster’s dashboard couldn’t be more user-friendly.

As soon as you login to LeaveMaster, you can instantly see how many days’ leave you have left for the year, together with details of your last leave application, the number of days’ leave you’ve already taken and your total number of sick days.

You can also see at a glance who is off today in your organisation, and if you are a line manager, who within your team or department has requested leave.

With just one click, you can then view further information about the leave requests you have been asked to authorise, check your company’s leave calendar or apply for leave for yourself.

But why not try LeaveMaster’s user-friendly dashboard for yourself by requesting a free 14 day trial.

Or contact us and we’ll give you a comprehensive demonstration.

According to a new report , absenteeism costs UK businesses around £32 billion every year.

Prepared by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the report also reveals that UK employees take twice as many “sickies” as workers in the USA and Asia-Pacific. The report found that UK workers take an average of ten sick days a year, while workers in the US take only 5.5 days and employees in the Asia-Pacific only 4.5 days.

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

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Although UK employers are not obliged by law to give staff an extra day’s holiday as a result of the Royal Wedding, nine out of ten companies will be letting their employees take Friday off.

According to a survey  conducted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), 88% of employers are treating 29 April as an extra bank holiday.

Using LeaveMaster, it couldn't be quicker or easier to add Friday’s extra bank holiday to your company's calendar. All you need to do is go to LeaveMaster’s Company Holidays section, click on Add New Holiday for 2011 and add the 29 April as a bank holiday.

The extra holiday will then automatically be added to your company’s leave calendar, which everyone in your organisation can view.

To find out more about LeaveMaster’s invaluable features, click here.

Despite some early reservations  amongst doctors and employers, the government’s fit note scheme does seem to have had a positive impact on absenteeism by helping employees get back to work.

Launched a year ago, the fit note scheme was designed to help employees, who would otherwise be off on long-term sick leave, return to work in some capacity by allowing their GPs to say which aspects of their jobs they can still perform.
According to a study  conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), 70% of British GPs believe fit notes have helped their patients make a phased return to work. 61% of GPs also somewhat or completely agree that fit notes have improved the quality of their discussions with patients about returning to work.

The most effective way to target and reduce absenteeism in your organisation is to implement an absence management solution such as LeaveMaster.

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We’ve put together a short video that demonstrates LeaveMaster’s powerful features and functionality.

The animated video shows you how to use LeaveMaster to quickly and easily book holidays, manage and monitor any type of leave and absence, reduce absenteeism using the Bradford Factor and more.

You can view the video on You Tube here.

Did you know LeaveMaster’s shared leave calendar has multiple viewing options? This allows everyone in your organisation to both get a broad overview of all company-wide leave, on a day-to-day and month-to-month basis, and to see when specific team members or work colleagues are due to be away.

Using LeaveMaster’s Outlook-style Calendar View, employees can see exactly who in the company is going to be away, and when, during any month of the year or on any day of the year, together with details of the type of leave booked.

Alternatively, employees can see when specific members of staff have booked leave during the year using LeaveMaster’s colour-coded Planner View.

To see LeaveMaster’s multiple calendar views for yourself, why not take a tour or request a free 14 day trial ?

In recent blogs, we’ve described how easy it is to add new users create new user types  and amend user accounts  using LeaveMaster

But did you know you can also define which types of employees use LeaveMaster?

Using LeaveMaster’s employee types feature, you or your Systems Administrator can easily set up employee types such as full-time employees, part-time employees and freelance employees. In the Users section, you can then attribute an employee type to every LeaveMaster user and set how many days of leave that user is permitted to take in a year.

To find out more about LeaveMaster’s invaluable features, click here.

British businesses have been urged to start thinking about how they are going to manage leave during the London 2012 Olympics.

Talking to Personnel Today  last week, Heather Hancock at Deloitte suggested that, with a high number of employees likely to want to take time off to watch the Games, companies should put a leave management policy in place for the Olympics sooner rather than later.

She also urged businesses to start thinking about how to handle a high volume of requests for leave during the games period and whether to let staff work flexibly or remotely so they can watch Olympic events and remain productive.

The most effective way to manage leave at any time of the year is to use a leave management solution such as LeaveMaster.

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In blog posts earlier this year, we discussed how easy it is to add new users  to LeaveMaster and create new user types. But it also couldn’t be easier to amend user accounts.

If you need to amend the account details of any LeaveMaster user, all you or your Systems Administrator need to do is go to the Systems Administration section of LeaveMaster and choose Users.

You will then be able to scroll down a list of all LeaveMaster users in your organisation or use a search box to easily find the user whose account details you wish to amend. Then simply click on an icon next to the user’s name and the user’s account details will appear in your browser for you to amend.

You can quickly and easily change an employee’s annual leave entitlements for a leave type, give an employee more or less days’ leave than the standard amount allowed in your organisation, change who authorises an employee’s leave, and more.

To find out more about LeaveMaster’s invaluable features, click here.

As we reported in an earlier blog, the UK government has set up an independent review that will examine the issue of sickness absence in the workplace.

According to new details released about its remit, the independent review will examine absenteeism patterns and trends in both the public and the private sectors, as well as sickness absence practices in different segments of the private sector.  

The review will release a report on its findings later this year.

Using LeaveMaster’s powerful reporting features, you can identify and analyse sickness absence patterns and trends in your organisation. To find out more, call us on: 0800 33 456 30.

According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), sickness absence is rising amongst UK employees.

During the recession, only 2.1% of UK employees surveyed by the ONS had taken at least one day off sick in the week before they were interviewed. However, this has now risen to 2.5%.

The latest figures also reveal that between October and December of last year, two million working days were lost as a result of absence, with an average of 613,000 employees off sick every week.

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

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In an article  published on hrmagazine.co.uk last week, Marc Clavereau, Managing Director of Bodet, urged UK employers to accurately monitor and record staff attendance and absence.

With absenteeism costing the British economy an estimated £30 billion a year, Mr Clavereau highlighted the importance of using leave management solutions to accurately record staff absenteeism and to identify absenteeism patterns and trends.

He also recommended using the Bradford Factor to deter staff who are tempted to take a sickie when they are not really ill.

You can read the article here.

Or to find out how you can use LeaveMaster to create an indisputable record of leave and absence for every employee in your organisation, including their latest Bradford Factor score, click here.

As part of its welfare reforms, the UK government has announced an independent review into workplace sickness absence.

Led by Dame Carol Black, the Government's National Director for Health and Work, and David Frost, Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce, the review will consider whether more people suffering from ill health could still work in some capacity.

The review will also examine how small businesses deal with the issue of sickness absence and look at ways to help businesses manage absence more effectively.

One of the most effective ways to manage absence in your organisation is to use an absent management solution such as LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor. Find out more.

Last Monday, February 7th, was National Sickie Day: the day of the year on which businesses traditionally face the most absenteeism. However, with many employees worried about job security in the current economic climate, the level of absenteeism was thought to have been lower than in previous years.

The first Monday in February is known as National Sickie Day as that’s when there has traditionally been a peak in illness-related absences. Last year, an estimated 350,000 employees were off sick, at a cost to the economy of around £30 million.

However, speaking to HR Magazine prior to this year’s National Sickie Day, John Hayes, an employment partner at Irwin Mitchell, said that as a result of the fragile economy and the jobs market, he expected to see: “fewer people taking time off sick so early on in the year."

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, you can deter employees from taking unwarranted “sickies.”

To find out more, click here