HR resolutions for business prosperity

Know and communicate your business purpose “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it,” Simon Sinek If you want employees to buy in to your business purpose then you have to know what that purpose is and communicate it to employees. If they know what the business is trying to achieve, […]

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Managers need to manage attendance

The latest CIPD Absence survey emphasises the need for an employees direct manager to manage attendance, but that such managers lack the tools to do so. In the survey employers saw managers taking prime responsibility for managing attendance as being a highly effective approach. Other steps that might be taken include:- Providing sickness absence reporting […]

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Sickness absence rates now at 2.8%

So if the rate in your organisation (do you know the rate?) is below this then you can congratulate yourself (a little). But 2.8% equates to about 6.5 days per employee per year adding £554 per employee to the payroll each year. What can you do? There is a lot you can do and at […]

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Preparing for bad weather

I once ran a seminar where the last delegate arrived, having braved some of Glasgow’s worst snow, at 11am. At 11:15am we were told that the building was going to be closed because so few had made it to work! A policy is the best way of communicating in a fair and open way how […]

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Managing the run-up to Christmas

Pressures to meet goals prior to the holidays, getting ahead so business can continue in your absence, and expectations to keep up with the festive spirit can put a heavy toll on managers in the run up to Christmas. Many employees are ill over Christmas; which is a bit of a “downer”. There are some […]

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Boosting productivity – keep employees at work

Nothing damages your contribution from an employee as much as paying them to be at home when they should be at work. Even if you don’t pay them there are costs associated with their absence in lost productivity, cover at premium rates and disruption. Last year employees on average took nearly 7 days off sick. […]

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Absence days down, presenteeism up, stress showing.

The 2012 CIPD survey of absence management, just published, shows that the average number of sick days taken by UK employees has fallen over the past year from 7.7 days to 6.8 days. But stress-related absences have shown an increase. One perception is that more employees are coming to work when they are ill – […]

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Go for gold

The Olympic Games must be the most inspirational event to take place in the United Kingdom for a generation. Attention to the events is bound to be huge and that is only just getting underway. In the meantime we all have businesses to run, clients to satisfy, people for whom we need to care. So […]

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Identifying and nailing “stress” is crucial to lowering the risks of being an employer.

Stress can cause a huge variety of physical and mental health problems such as heart disease and medically recognised depression. But it also creates a dysfunctional working environment, poor employee performance and high absence; themselves causes of stress for the employer as well as for employees. The employer is then exposed to a wide range […]

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