5 ways of dealing with sickness and absence in the workplace

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Ok so employees’ being sick is a fact of life in the workplace, but what happens when it becomes a problem and what are measures you can take as an employer to stop it becoming unmanageable.

We have listed below 5 ways which will help you deal with it effectively:-

  1. Promote attendance

Why not praise and reward employees that don’t take time off.   Obviously you don’t want people to feel they are doing something wrong if they are genuinely ill, but an incentive like this could encourage a more positive mindset about attendance.

2. Have a strict sickness policy

Don’t take a casual approach to people calling in sick, you don’t want to give the impression you are not that bothered and encourage employees to take days off sick. A policy which names a member of staff/HR Department who must be informed before 9.15 am by telephone on the day of absence for example, would make those that are fabricating their illness think twice.

3. Follow up absences

After a period of absence don’t let an employee slip back to work as if nothing has happened. Make it policy for them to have a meeting with their manager/HR Department to provide a clear explanation and any relevant proof of their illness, such as a doctor’s note. This is also an opportunity to identify any root causes in the workplace that you may be able to deal with.

4. Be flexible about working hours

Some people just aren’t up to working at 9 a.m. Others wake up some days unwilling to face eight hours in front of the screen. Would it be impossible for your business to operate if you let employees decide their own hours? It’s amazing what a difference it can have on absence.
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5. Encourage employees to adopt a self-employed mentality

It’s not really a coincidence that self employed workers rarely have a day off sick. They take complete responsibility for what they do, so they are motivated to do a good job.  Try to create some of that self-employed ethos in your workplace. Give employees control over their own work so they really want to be there to do it. As well as decreasing absenteeism this will create a positive can-do atmosphere in the workplace.

If you have any issues with sickness and absence and need some guidance, give HR Revolution a call + 44 203 538 5311 or email: info@hrrevolution.co.uk, we can help.

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The Gig economy, a tribunal waiting to happen?

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Over the past few weeks, you might have noticed that the ‘gig economy’ is something that’s being discussed more and more in the media. Essentially, it’s an employment market that’s categorised by lots of short-term contracts and freelance work, rather than permanent roles.

Some might say that it’s a win-win for employers and workers alike… People get to enjoy the flexibility of having less constraints placed on their time, they are free to decide the finer details of how the work is carried out, and they also have an element of ‘pick and choose’ when it comes to finding projects that they want to work on.

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Of course, the benefits for employers are obvious, too, but are some businesses taking the market conditions a bit too far, and using them to exploit their workers?   It’s an issue that’s still something of a grey area in legal terms, though there’s been an very recent attempt to shed more light on the subject, in a case brought to the Court of Appeal.

Back in February, Pimlico Plumbers, a London-based company, lost its appeal against a previous ruling that decided that a long-term worker was in fact an employee rather than a contractor, and should therefore enjoy rights such as basic holiday pay.

Other companies such as Uber and Deliveroo have also come under scrutiny, and it’s a safe assumption that discussions won’t end here. As we move into an economy with more flexibility and the traditional role of employment changes, business all across the UK will no doubt be planning their next moves.

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Of course, most employers simply want to do their best by their workforce, and they aren’t actively looking for loopholes to exploit. However rulings in recent tribunals have suggested that current legislation will stamp down on unscrupulous employers who aren’t stepping up to their responsibilities.

If you regularly rely on contractors to run your business and you enjoy the flexibility that it gives you, then just hoping for the best and acting with good intentions probably isn’t going to cut it.

Don’t risk costly tribunal procedures down the line, let HR Revolution help, get in touch to have an informal discussion about your rights and responsibilities, we look forward to taking your call +203 5311 5388 or email: info@hrrevolution.co.uk

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Do your colleagues like you as much as you think?

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In all probability the answer to this is no! Very blunt I know, but I am just being honest with you.

In truth we all have bits about us that are completely unlikeable, but we just don’t want to believe it!

Take a look at the top reasons for being disliked in the workplace and ask yourself…  Is that me?

You gossip: and I mean the negative kind. What you don’t realise is that you are venting about someone to the very person they are best friends with. In short, neither of them like you now and they have told everyone else not to trust you!!

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You lengthen meetings: with the most ridiculous questions, which in all probability have been answered already if you hadn’t been too busy doodling to notice, or just wanted to make your presence known. Now it’s past going home time you are very unpopular indeed!

You depend on everyone: for every single answer. You have google on your computer, it pretty much knows everything so use it and stop asking me!

You moan: OMG is your cup ever half full? Apparently not, it’s too cold, there are no teabags, you broke a nail, you hate Mondays, the stationery cupboard is too far away, don’t depress the office…

You tell white lies: It wasn’t your idea stop saying it was aaarrggghhh!

You know it all: about everything and you can do my job better than me!!! (even though you don’t know what you are talking about). Get over yourself your insecurity is boring!

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You are lazy: and you know it. It’s never your responsibility, so why should you step up to take on extra duties? Well people might like you a bit more if you pulled your weight for one!

You are Little Miss Sunshine: really?! No-one can be that happy all of the time. The lift breaking down when you work on the 15th floor is NOT a good excuse for light exercise! I don’t want a group hug, high fives or to turn my frown upside down… so please go away.

You talk too much: and when I say too much I mean all the time! Now I don’t mind a quick catch up on last night’s TV, but seriously I have work to do and I really am not that interested in Aunt Maud’s bad back. Rein it in a bit hey!

You are always sick: I mean taking every Monday off is a bit suspect, do you really always have something dodgy to eat on a Sunday!?? I’m suspicious and I don’t really like you for it.

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You smell: ok sensitive subject but it’s true no-one like to sit with someone who’s got BO or bad breath.

You suck up to your colleagues: all the time. Did you do your hair differently? I like your dress, is it new? Did you lose weight? It’s all rubbish, the boss looks the same as always and you are not getting a promotion.

So if you want to win favour in the office, take an interest in other people, listen to a story they want to share, give the odd compliment and maybe offer to buy the coffee or make one at least!

Even as I wrote this blog I couldn’t help thinking ‘actually I do a bit of all of those’, so I will sign off and go and spray myself with some perfume, make my team a coffee or tea and not moan when there is no milk! and tell my colleague that I did notice her hair cut and I like it!

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Top 10 causes of stress at work

In this day and age we often hear a lot about workplace stress and sadly it’s symptomatic of society’s drive for constant growth and increased wealth, the outcome of which is ever increasing pressure on companies and employees alike.

Listed below are the 10 most common causes of stress in the workplace:

  1. Being given too much work
  2. Unrealistic deadlines
  3. Not being paid enough for the hours worked/duties performed
  4. Work-life balance
  5. Fear of missing targets
  6. Expected to work more hours than contracted too
  7. Poor working relationships
  8. Bullying or harassment
  9. Fear of redundancy
  10. Lack of control over work activities

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So how can you deal with it? Well, start by showing signs that you really care.

Speak to your employees: try to get them talking in a relaxed setting outside the office and show real concern for their welfare.

Make small changes to help them out – it will foster a sense of trust that you may be willing to listen when there is a larger problem. While still challenging them, be careful to keep goals realistic.

Encourage an atmosphere where employees can tell their peers about things that aren’t working or make suggestions for improvements (keep it anonymous if necessary). Make sure the good ideas get acted upon or problems dealt with – very publicly – so that everyone knows you respect the process. This will build confidence that you take their views seriously, and if something can’t be solved, make sure you explain why.

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Remember that employees can be stretched more when they feel listened to and respected as people.  They will work harder for you, and it will benefit you, your employees and the company.

If you have any issues with stress in the workplace, give HR Revolution a call +203 531 5388 or email: info@hrrevolution.co.uk, we are here to help.

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Happy Easter – 10 fun facts…

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Tomorrow is Good Friday – marking the start of Easter and for most people a nice 4 day break from the daily grind…

Here at HR Revolution, we have been dreaming of chocolate eggs, easter egg hunts, hot cross buns and bunnies…

So to get your Easter off to a cracking start we’ve come up with 10 fun facts for you to think about…

1. Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week.

2. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million.

Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise.

The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild.

And here it is: The Rothschild Faberge Egg.

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3. When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail.

4 With all those chocolate eggs for family, relatives, loved ones and friends, it should be no surprise that households spend an average of £75 on Easter treats each year.

5. Sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.

6. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.

7. The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. Standing 10.39 metres tall and weighing 7,200 kg, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant. But Portugal is the home of the largest decorated Easter egg, which reached almost 15m in height and 8m in diameter when it was made in 2008.

8. In 2012, London hosted the world’s biggest-ever Easter egg hunt.

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9. Temptation can be too much and 43 per cent of kids say they eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday, but the average time for children to eat their first Easter egg is 11am on Easter Sunday morning.

10. The name Easter owes its origin to Eostre or Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring and the custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.

And one last one, almost one in five children (19 per cent) and I would also say adults!!! say they’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holidays, so try not to over indulge!!!

Wishing you all a very happy Easter….

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Why you need HR…

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In any business people really are your greatest asset and effective HR practices and procedures can be the cornerstone of strategic growth.

However, what happens when you no longer have the time or energy to manage everything HR all on your own.  You’ve decided that bringing in a dedicated employee to take care of people issues within your company is the way forward. Having your own HR director, HR manager, or even HR administrator could be the next step in your big plan.

What should you even be looking for?

Let’s consider what you need to know when it comes to finding your new team member.

Look for a businessperson, first and foremost

These days, people management isn’t all about ticking boxes and offering employees tea and sympathy. Savvy leaders know this, and recognise the strategic value that HR can bring to the table.

It is important to make sure that you aren’t getting bogged down with the finer details, and that ultimately, you’re looking for a talented business mind that can drive profits and help you to exceed organisational goals.

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Typing up a list of general requirements for the role that cover what you think you might expect from your new member employee isn’t enough. Sure, they might have responsibility for ensuring that your policies are up to date, and records are kept, but you need to carry out much deeper analysis of what the role will entail, and who it will suit and what skills are needed.

Never forget that the recruitment process works both ways. Even in times of economic uncertainty, talented candidates will have other options. Giving them a realistic view of what’s involved in working with you and your business will make sure that you get the right person, and more importantly that you hold on to them.

Sometimes, recruiting a permanent member of staff really is the best option. Welcoming a new team member, and everything that’s involved in this process, can be costly and time-consuming, so it’s definitely worth ensuring that you’ve considered all your options before you rush into something that might not be the best fit right now.  However there are other solutions that are overlooked.

How hiring an HR Consultancy can help

Think; what do you really need? One route that’s definitely worth thinking about is bringing in an HR consultant. If you want more flexibility, but still want a positive experience and more importantly a proven track record, then HR Revolution might be able to help.

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HR Revolution was founded with a rebellious spirit, and we believe that HR should make a difference in how business treats the importance of its people.  We work with you to plan and deliver an HR solution that is tailored to truly fit your business.  We always ensure we use a transparent, honest, jargon free approach to your people strategies, if we do not add value we are not happy.  There is no consultancy out there that is more passionate about HR! and our mission is simple – to revolutionise the way in which businesses work with HR.

Let us help you take the right route, give us a call to arrange a no-obligation consultation. +44 (0) 203 538 5311 or email: info@hrrevolution.co.uk

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Friday fun HR facts…

We hope that as well as providing our readers with useful HR advice and guidance we offer you some fun HR facts too…  Here at HR Revolution we have never been known as the ‘fun police’!

Here are a few Friday fun facts… enjoy…

  • Nearly a third of the UK’s office workers find their co-workers’ moaning to be one of the biggest annoyances in the workplace.
  • 47% of females refuse to poo at work.
  • 2.16pm is the most common time for workers to feel tired and find it hard to concentrate. This is known as the ‘office slump’.

  • Jobseekers said access to good quality tea or coffee at work outweighed other employee benefits such as subsidised gym memberships and childcare vouchers.
  • Half of British workers would walk out of their dream job in exchange for a free round the world trip.
  • 2.3% of jobseekers have witnessed an interviewer pass wind during the interview.

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