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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Stop bullying at work

Bullying and harassment is a major source of dysfunctionality in organisations and it puts employers at risk of claims of discrimination and constructive dismissal. Poor attendance levels and high staff turnover can often be traced to bullying. How can it be stopped? There are no absolute answers. Bullying may arise for lack of management skills, […]

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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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Creating effectiveness from stressed, dysfunctional teams and individuals

Handling stress in an effective manner is a challenge for many employers and employees alike. Over the last several years meditation and mindfulness have become well respected business practices for creating stress resilience. It is no coincidence that the United States Army has seen mindfulness as a means of improving the cognitive functioning and military […]

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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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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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Stress and the long term absentee – can you say “goodbye”?

You have an employee on long term sick for stress or depression. As we described in earlier blogs you have already had a discussion about the absence; but the absence is continuing. The first question to ask yourself is whether or not you have tackled any issues for which you may have responsibility, work overload, […]

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Stress: seek first to understand, then to be understood (Stephen Covey)

You have invited an employee who is off with stress, or depression, in for a meeting to discuss the absence. Earlier blogs have described the background, invitation to a meeting and some preparation for the meeting. Now the employee has come in and you are meeting them. Start the meeting by thanking them for coming […]

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Whose stress is it anyway?

It is a real hassle when an employee is off with depression or “stress”. We discussed stress and depression in an earlier blog. Typically it happens when a department is already overstretched, a deadline is looming or the employee has just achieved 12 months service with you. Anyone who has managed a small unit or […]

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