Blog Archive for November 2016


 
November 22, 2016

Key facts for dealing with leave of absence

As we all have ever-demanding lives with differing priorities, requests for leave may be mounting up for different reasons. Are you ready to deal with these requests? More importantly, as an employer, do you know your rights to refuse leave?

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November 18, 2016

Beating the winter blues

Have you seen an increase in your absence rates this winter? Did you find it hard to get up and out of bed today? Did your employees just want to stay at home today? Are we all suffering with the “Winter Blues”?

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November 18, 2016

Using mediation to manage conflict

Do all your employees get on? Do they have grievances with each other? Are you aware of these issues before they become a big problem?

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November 18, 2016

Utilising welfare meetings

Holding welfare meetings with staff can often highlight concerns before they become an issue. Managers can often spot when an employee is struggling, but sometimes they end up waiting for something to happen in order to invoke a formal process (whether that be formal absence monitoring, grievance process or a disciplinary). Read how to utilise welfare meetings.

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November 18, 2016

The personal impact of absence monitoring - Meet Sybil

In the first of our series on absence management and how to use monitoring rounds, meet Sybil! Sybil a loyal dog and Grandma to many puppies had a lot of time off sick after catching illnesses off her grand-puppies. Read how you should approach this case.

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November 18, 2016

Absence Management Survey

The new absence management survey was issued this month and overall there was a slight drop in absence, which is great to hear from a SAM perspective. SAM works hard to help schools reduce absences and so the drop from 8.8 average days absent per employee per year to 7.4 days is a positive result. However, as CIPD mention in their summary it is the change in attitude and management that is the most pleasing.

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November 18, 2016

Keeping fit and well this winter! – A mean green recipe from SAM

SAM is always trying to help improve wellbeing and promote a healthy workplace, so here’s a mean green recipe from SAM, courtesy of our wellbeing coach.

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November 1, 2016

Top ten most common causes of absence and how to combat them

Just a quarter of organisations achieved their 2014 target to reduce staff absence, so what more could they have done? The top ten most common causes of short-term absence, according to the CIPD Absence Management Survey 2015, are listed below with our top tips next to them for how to reduce this type of absence.

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