Managing Absence

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

The rules of annual leave carry-over have changed for COVID-19

The rules on carrying over unused leave to the following year have now been amended in light of the coronavirus situation, to benefit those that can't take holiday right now.…

Everything you need to know about sick days during the coronavirus

While we’re not epidemiologists, we can shine a light on how sick days work, and what employees and companies need to know about them with regards to the coronavirus.…

What is the statutory holiday allowance?

It's vital that full-time and part-time employees have a clear understanding of what their statutory annual leave allowance entitlements are. Here's a handy guide to the breaks your working hours add up to earn.…

Poodles and hooligans: the unusual history of bank holidays

Bank holidays have been bringing us long weekends for nearly 150 years, thanks to a man who tried to teach his poodle to read.…

Our top resources for HR and company culture

From quick and easy management tips to academic research on the comparative effectiveness of talent acquisition strategies, you’ll find it all in these fantastic sites.…

Top ten tips for managing absence

We’ve put together some of our favourite tips for absence management for you. Managing absence in this context means both preventing unexpected absence (like sickness) and encouraging planned absence (taking restful holidays).…

Pawternity leave: time off to hang out with your pets?

A number of big brands have introduced pet-friendly policies which allow employees time off work to be with their pets. Is it justified?…

What is absence management?

Formally, you might do it through policies, procedures, rules and regulations. Informally, we’re talking about company culture - like the way bosses talk about absence, or whether being off sick is seen as something to be punished or addressed compassionately.…

Why you really should give more than the minimum holiday allowance

A culture that supports time off is one that supports better health, wellbeing, performance and productivity. Maybe it’s time to take another look at your annual leave policy.…