How to support your employees on Blue Monday

Monday 15th January marks “Blue Monday” - the name given to the day that is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. 

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Spotlight on: opening up to a nurse by Matthew Scrimshire

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...

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Reporting an Absence - The negative impact of a good, and bad, employee/manager relationship

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.

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Pledge your commitment to tackling mental health in the workplace

Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, according to a new Government report. 

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Absence cause that’s difficult to digest

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. 

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Practical tips on how to resolve the analysis black hole

If managing absence is part of your role, you’ll be all too familiar with the top three reasons for its occurrence:

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Why your organisation’s absence record is more insightful than your GP record

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.  

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The only absence management service that can save employees’ lives

  • Trained nurses are on call 24/7.
  • “Code Red” is an urgent call.
  • Red Flags are identified during a triage assessment and signals health concern.
  • Other advice reduces absence levels.
  • Speedier returns to work.
  • Staff morale gains boost.


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Car Share joke is not funny for employers

Kayleigh has had enough of work and fancies “throwing a sickie”. That’s the scenario that had hilarious consequences in last night’s episode of “Peter Kay's Car Share” on BBC 1.

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Building better productivity – Absence in the construction industry

  • Absence is responsible for huge losses to workforce efficiency.
  • Many construction businesses aren’t aware of the extent of the problem.

Despite recent boosts – thanks to large infrastructure projects and new transport links – productivity is a serious issue for the construction sector.

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