Michael Metcalf

Michael is a writer for Timetastic. He writes about HR, small businesses and taking time off work.

Manchester

12 posts

Bradford Factor Alternatives for absence management

In the previous blog, we talked about what the Bradford Factor is, and whether or not it's a fair method of absence management (our conclusion: it's…

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What is the Bradford Factor? And is it really fair?

No, it’s not a West Yorkshire-based TV talent show. You’ll hear about the Bradford Factor in many HR discussions related to staff absence, but…

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Simplify your working life

Every now and then we reach a milestone; a time for reflection, renewal and planning. We tend to get bombarded with complicated systems for optimising every…

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What to do before you leave the office on holiday

Holiday breaks like Christmas, New Year or the middle of summer can leave an office looking rather sparse. It’s a blessing to be able to…

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How to have better, more enjoyable meetings

Your calendar app pings a notification: you’re invited. A sense of dread washes over you. Another meeting! Is it really necessary? Will it go on…

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What counts as compassionate leave?

It's the sort of absence you hope never to take - compassionate leave. But such is the nature of life, we might all have to take…

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Email control: how to manage email on holiday and at work

Have you ever complained about having too many emails, when 80% of your inbox consists of newsletters you've signed up to? I have. It's a cheeky…

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Maternity leave - a short guide to what you're entitled to

Got a baby on the way? Congratulations!Wonderful news for many reasons, and getting some time off work must be one of the best. Result! (Although…

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How to reduce sickness absence in your business

While any manager would love a 100% attendance rate in their business, it’s an unlikely dream for most. Sickness absence is an unfortunate fact of…

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