According to a new survey, one in three British employees have lied about being sick in order to take time off work.
The survey was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers who polled over 1,000 people. 34% of those surveyed admitted they had taken a sick day when they were not really ill, in order to spend time with their family or simply because they were bored and depressed with work.
40% of employees who admitted to taking fake sick days even said they planned ahead by pretending to fall ill in advance of calling in sick.
LeaveMaster acts as a deterrent to unwarranted absenteeism because whenever an employee calls in sick, their sick day can be logged in the application by a manager or a team member. LeaveMaster then adds the sick day to the employee’s permanent, online sickness record and automatically updates the employee’s Bradford Factor score.
Knowing that, if they call in sick, the absence will be added to their sickness record and their Bradford Factor score updated, employees are dissuaded from taking the day off if they’re not really ill.
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UK employers have been warned that they could face record levels of sickness absence during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In a poll conducted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), only 10% of employers said they are going to let their staff work flexible hours during the London Olympics.
Since the Olympic Games will be a significant occasion for the UK and many employees will want to take time out to see events, the CIPP has warned employers that unless they change their stance and let staff work flexible hours, they could be hit with a high number of staff sickies.
The CIPP has additionally recommended that employers start planning how they are going to handle an expected high number of annual leave requests over the two weeks of the Games.
The most effective way to manage leave requests and reduce unwarranted sickness absence in your organisation is to use an absence management solution such as LeaveMaster.
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With so many employees typically taking time off in July and August, it can be hard to keep track of staff holidays at this time of year.
If your organisation still records absence on a spreadsheet or on holiday forms, it can be especially difficult to remember when employees have booked holidays and it can be all too easy to forget that a team member is about to go away until it’s too late to arrange cover for them or to ensure that key tasks are completed before they leave.
If you implement LeaveMaster in your organisation, you will be able to see at-a-glance who in your organisation is about to go on holiday and when.
LeaveMaster’s leave calendars give you an instant reminder of all upcoming leave in your organisation, so you can ensure cover is arranged in time or business-critical tasks are completed before staff go away.
In a recent blog,we discussed how a series of new surveys have revealed that sickness absence remains a costly issue in many organisations.
This has been backed up by a recent poll which shows that the majority of HR professionals believe sickness absence is a problem in their organisation.
The HR professionals who view the Personnel Today website were asked whether they felt their organisation's sickness absence rate was too high and 52.63% responded Yes.
By using LeaveMaster’s powerful reporting and analysis tools and in-built Bradford Factor feature, you can tackle the costly problem of unwarranted absence in your organisation and reduce your sickness absence rates.
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