The Insider Issue Two


Over the past decade, we have clearly identified an upsurge in unauthorised staff absences taking place on February 1st. This year was no different. Through our absence management software, Absence Assist, we recorded a 25% increase in absence-reporting calls taken on Monday February 1st 2016 compared to Monday January 25th 2016 –a week before National Sickie Day. We researched as to the reasons why this particular day was causing no end of stress to employers. After reviewing client feedback – we concluded that UK employees are most likely to take an unofficial holiday on National Sickie day because of a combination of negative factors. Mounting debt caused by an influx of post-Christmas credit card bills, the miserable weather, commuting in the dark and with the next Bank Holiday on the 25th March seeming a long way off all conspired to employees feeling the need to take an unauthorised day off. As the trend for high rates of absence on or around the beginning of February persisted, the term National Sickie Day was adopted in 2011. Last year, an estimated 350,000 UK workers took the day off and this year we warned businesses to expect an influx of excuses as workers called their bosses to explain their short-term mystery ailments! According to the Department for Work and Pensions, more than 130 million days are lost because of sickness absence every year. ACAS calculates that the total cost of workplace absenteeism to the UK economy each year is £17 billion. Peter Mooney, our head of consultancy, says “It is vital that employers take steps to properly manage absences

in order to mitigate the impact they have on the success of the business. Employees need to know that fabricated reasons for missing work will not be tolerated. To minimise the impact that false sickies have on businesses, it’s important that employers take the issue seriously: recording all instances of lateness and absence, conducting back-to- work interviews and crucially, having clear policies and procedures in place that are regularly communicated to all staff.” A highly-effective way of managing absences is through an absence management service, such as our very own Absence Assist. Absence Assist is our unique absence management system that tackles the cause of absenteeism head-on. Our streamlined approach is proven to reduce absenteeism by up to 62%. Our trained advisors work alongside hundreds of companies, ensuring that each employee absence is managed effectively and appropriately. Saving you time; effort and money. Absence Assist is easily customised to your needs and is wholly compatible with our other services. We streamline your absence management information into our proactive software; Employersafe. This patented software effortlessly highlights absence trends and identifies any potential problem. Integrating our expert personnel service ensures that you receive expert advice on any legal issues that may arise from persistent absences. Peace of mind that we are there to help. For more information on how we can help start reducing the absences within your business, please call us today on 0161 785 2000

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