To jab, or not to jab? That is the question

It is that time of year when employers need to be fully prepared for the flu season, which can undeniably be bad for business. Those of us watching the news will know that the NHS is braced for the worst flu season in its history, amid fears that overcrowded hospitals will be unable to cope. Millions of working days are lost each year in the UK because of flu. In fact, research by Unison has shown that sickness absence caused by flu costs an employer £552 per employee per year.…

Absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder!

My top tips for managing sickness absence, effectively Did you know that the average UK employee takes 6.6 days off sick in any 12 month period? Sickness absence still accounts for around 6 days a year per employee in the private sector, which in a small business, will significantly impact production and customer service levels as well as result in missed business opportunities as well as the additional cost of replacement cover – all of which directly hits your bottom line.   Multiply this all up by your number of staff…

You Survived Blue Monday… but is Mental Health an Issue in Your Business?

So if you’re reading this, then you made it through the most depressing day of the year. Monday 16th January, or ‘Blue Monday’ is the time when the festivities are well and truly over, we’re back into a monotonous routine, and it feels like there’s not a great deal to look forward to. It’s also bang in the middle of a period when staff absences are likely to be high. Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence, said: “Weary workers cannot face coming into work – it’s a long month too,…