Managing Absence

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

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.…

Bank holidays in 2020 and how to get the most out of them

Here we'll remind you of the UK bank holiday dates for 2020, with a particular booking trick that'll only work this year.…

Returning to work after parental leave

You'll be returning to the office as a new person, with new responsibilities, and a new identity. Things will be different. Your schedule will have changed and you've got new responsibilities to balance.…

Duvet days - what are they and should your company offer them?

Sounds like the perfect day, doesn’t it? Cuddled up in a toasty duvet on the sofa, with warm mug of hot chocolate, with no responsibilities other than switching the TV channel.…

Paternity leave around the world: a comparison

Paid paternity leave is offered in countries of all economic status. If you're a business owner, it's worth considering whether you're offering enough. Could you encourage new dads to take more leave?…

Maternity leave around the world: a comparison

Although the UK ranks higher than many countries in maternity allowance, it still lags behind others such as France and Germany.…

How much annual leave should you give employees?

If you build a proper company culture that respects employees' time, you’ll find they respect the company and its rules more in turn.…

What happens to leftover holiday allowance when someone leaves the business?

When someone leaves your business, there’s a good chance they’ll have some annual leave saved up that they haven’t used yet. What happens to that leave? And how does it differ if they leave, get the sack, or get made redundant?…