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COVID-19: Temporary shut down and employee furloughs advice

As the Coronavirus lock down continues, many non-essential premises have already been forced to close. This includes restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, cinemas, leisure centres, theatres, electronic and clothing shops. The commercial impact of COVID-19 lock down is also being felt in many other industries. In either case, the UK Government is offering support for…

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Does your company culture need a boost?

What is company culture? It is not really possible to describe what company culture is. It is not a single ?thing?, but a collection of beliefs, behaviours and actions that work together for better or worse. It is a combination of how you and your employees work and communicate. How you support and treat each…

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Introducing Calendar Subscriptions

It is now possible for you to see your entire company absences from SkyHR directly in your regular calendar application. Our new Calendar Integration works by providing you with a link to use with Outlook, Google Calendar, or whatever calendar you use. This link will provide you calendar with the ability to retrieve and view…

Top 5 reasons for sickness in the UK

The amount days off taken because of sickness has increased in the last year. There was nearly an extra 10 million days taken off sick in 2018. This meant the highest sickness levels in nearly a decade. Below are the top 5 reasons given for employee sickness. 1: Minor Illness Minor illness was the reason…

Alternatives To Bradford Factor

When might the Bradford factor not work?

The Bradford Factor is everywhere in HR systems. It may even be in your company absence management processes and appraisals. It is a well-known concept that has been developed from heavy research. But is it all good, all of the time? To prevent discrimination, you should define thresholds for the Bradford factor score. This way…

Accurate Records

5 Benefits of tracking employee absences

Recording employee absences has many benefits. Below are 5 benefits that we think stand out. No 1: Allow managers to detect attendance issues Accurate records of employees absences can allow managers to detect issues early on. Such issues include absenteeism and too many people in the same team absent at the same time. This allows…

Single Employee Absences Overview

How to manage recurring absence due to sickness

Most managers and HR teams deal with sickness based absence on a regular basis. Recurring sickness absence is an all too common problem for many organisations. A CIPD study has the annual cost of sickness absences to UK business at almost ?30 billion.  Many absence “approvers” tend towards being lenient with absence requests. This is…