Managing Absence

Thoughts and opinions on taking time off work, managing absence, and staying on the right side of the hallowed work-life balance.

Sick leave and sick pay during pregnancy

Baby names, what cot to buy, organising your first scan – there are a million exciting things to think about when you find out you’re pregnant. What happens to your pay if you get sick shouldn’t be one of them.…

How to manage a sick employee

As a manager, you're not a doctor but you do still have some responsibility in taking care of them. Ignore staff welfare at your peril.…

How to calculate holiday pay for casual workers

Guidance: How to calculate holiday pay for casual workers.…

How to make an effective staff rota

Having your team work with a proper rota is a great way to make sure you don't get left up a certain creek without a paddle. It helps you prioritise your clients, customers, and projects. It also allows your staff to have some flexibility in their personal and working lives.…

Moving away from holiday request forms

Moving towards being a paperless office is a step in the right direction. Where to start? How about replacing holiday request forms with an online alternative.…

Can you contact employees when they’re off sick?

It’s a busy morning in the office, thrown into chaos because the printer won’t work. There’s only one person to fix it. Dave the IT guy is the man who understands - but he’s been off sick. Nightmare. What can you do?…

How To Manage Annual Leave And Sick Leave Overlap

Getting sick during annual leave is the last thing anyone wants, but it happens. As a manager, knowing ahead of time how to deal with this type of leave overlap, including what the law says, will make managing it a piece of cake.…

How to handle employees off with work-related stress

Knowing how to handle employees who are off with work-related stress means you can make their lives easier when they’re going through a tough time, and might help them back to work sooner, too. It’s a win-win situation.…

Can employees work while on sick leave?

Part of the challenge of handling sick leave is in knowing what to do if someone continues to work while signed off. Legally, there’s nothing stopping them, but the law is only one small part of the story.…