HR & Employment Law Insights

Helping family businesses, start-ups, charities, social enterprises, and other growing or established businesses throughout the UK make sense of HR and Employment Law challenges.

3 Essential Steps to Effective Absence Management

According to the 2016 CIPD Annual Survey Report, absence levels and the cost of absence are down. In fact, the average level of employee absence – 6.3 days per employee – and the overall median cost of absence per employee – £522 – is down from previous years. And, although the causes of absence remain unchanged – including minor illness, stress, and acute mental ill health and medical conditions – absence is under better control than ever before.

We get asked HR related questions every day and each week we will be sharing our top question of the week that we have been asked here at The HR Booth.In this week’s question of the week, Alistair explains what to do when an employee goes AWOL.

People get ill all of the time but you need to make sure your staff aren’t abusing any sick pay benefits you offer.

According to the latest research, the average UK worker is absent from work for 8.4 days a year, costing businesses around £12 billion, which works out around £600 per employee per year. The absence of your workers not only cost your business money but also negatively impacts productivity, so it’s understandable that you want to take action to deal with it

As a business owner or manager, you will have encountered absence concerns in your organisation, whether it is short-term, persistent or long-term absence.

Absence has a detrimental impact on businesses, particularly SMEs where the impact is greater as other colleagues are left to pick up the work, which in turn affects the customer. I see this first hand with existing clients and other business owners I speak to.

The London Olympics will be a “watershed moment” that embeds widespread flexible working practices in the UK, the Family and Parenting Institute charity has said.

According to the charity, the adoption of family friendly flexi-time by a large number of employers during the 2012 Games will leave a legacy that lasts long after the sporting celebrations have ended.