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The most popular sick day : revealed

 

We all know that Monday morning feeling. The start of the week can sometimes feel like an uphill climb. From Blue Monday to Manic Monday, we don’t always see the first working day in a positive light.

So does this make Monday the most popular day to take sick leave? FirstCare’s absence management data reveals something surprising.

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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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Reasons why in-house absence management doesn’t work

There are several reasons why many organisations choose to deal with their absence management internally. Many believe it’s the only way to guarantee their sensitive information is managed appropriately and confidently.

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Sick pay: A short guide for employers

Are you confused about the obligations you have to your employees when it comes to time off for sickness? Is absence a problem for your organisation? Are you concerned that sick pay excesses are affecting your overall profitability?

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Employers Braced for Sharp Increase in Cold and Flu Absence

Just over 5 million working days* will be lost over December and January with coughs, colds and flus, as employee absence rates sore by up to 125 per cent compared to the rest of the year.

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Fit for Work: The implications for employers and employees

The Government’s national Fit for Work scheme was unveiled earlier this year in a bid to tackle long-term sickness absence in the workplace across England, Scotland and Wales.

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Fit for Work: key considerations for employers

Fit for Work is a new Government-funded scheme aimed at enabling employees to return to work sooner, improve workplace absence management and cut the overall cost of sickness absence.

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Reduced Absence Within the NHS

On June 2nd 2014, NHS Employers published statistics that reveal a year on year reduction in absence rates across the NHS. The rolling nationwide 12 month sickness absence rate to January 2014 was 4.44%, a reduction of 6% compared to the January 2013 rate of 4.72%. It's estimated by NHS Employers that this absence reduction has led to a saving of £97.8 million for the NHS, which is an...

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Absence Analysis: Dental and Oral Health

In honour of National Smile Month, FirstCare took the opportunity to review the impact of Dental/Oral health on absence levels, with some surprising results.

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The Impact of the Football World Cup on Employee Absence

The Football Word Cup is nearly upon us and, as with most major sporting events, theories abound as to the impact it will have on absence levels.

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