The summer of 2018 saw the Norovirus bug sweep through the UK, but live data, taken from our reported absences across more than 185,000 employees in the UK, demonstrates that gastro-related illness is actually down on 2017.read more
For many, improving absence management processes has become ‘old hat’. Promoting wellbeing is the newer, more fashionable agenda. But in reality, absence management remains a crucial part of everyday, working life.read more
Opening up to a nurse
Many years ago, I had a boss who I got on with very well; we worked hard as a team and had fun too. He knew I wasn’t the type to ‘pull-a-sickie’. Despite my excellent sickness record (a handful of days in 5 years), character and commitment, I hated making a call to him to let him know I was sick. He’d always make me feel like I could come in, but didn’t want to. He’d ask...read more
Relationships play a huge part in our working lives. In terms of absence, both the good and the bad can create ugly situations that can have a lasting impact.read more
Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, according to a new Government report.read more
You might think that stomach aches, upsets and related symptoms are a common reason for staff being absent from work. In fact though, employees who regularly complains of such issues should arouse either your suspicions or concerns, as gastro-related sickness is less common than you might think.read more
When it comes to identifying health issues, is your company absence record more valuable than your GP’s notes?
If you look back on all your work absences, how many of those times did you visit your GP?
My guess is, on average, less than 50%.
Matthew Scrimshire, Business Development Manager and absence expert at FirstCare, explains why.read more