Michael Metcalf

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

Manchester

21 posts

What is a "Workation"?

Workations have grown in popularity recently, yet apart from the name, it’s not too clear what they actually entail. Is it just another word for sabbatical? Or is it a disruptive new trend that's set to revolutionise work as we know it?…

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How to create an effective sickness absence policy

It’s really important for businesses to have a robust sickness absence policy - even the smaller ones. It can be tempting to do it off-the-books if you’re a small startup, or verbally agree the rules with new hires, but that’s a dangerous route to go down, especially if problems come up in future.…

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What to do if employees don't take annual leave

It seems a bit crazy to think that some people don't take all their annual leave each year. We’ve all had days where we’d kill for an extra day off even though our allowance is spent.…

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Can employees take sick days as holidays?

In most circumstances, yes they can. But depending on the context, that might not be a great idea.  You might know this situation. You’re expecting…

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What are the different types of absence in an office?

You might be surprised about how many different types of workplace absence there are. In our other guides, we've mentioned the fact that there's not many universal agreements for things like maternity and paternity leave - as many policies are decided by companies themselves.…

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Creativity and Content Marketing with Sookio

How this digital marketing agency embraced Timetastic to move away from the out dated spreadsheets.…

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What sick pay entitlements do part-time employees have?

In the UK, part-time workers are protected from being unfavourably treated in comparison to full-time workers.  Importantly, part-time employees are eligible for sick pay. Read on…

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Can you share parental leave?

Yes - parental leave can be shared. But there are certain conditions that need to be met for eligibility, which we'll cover below.Shared parental leave…

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A Guide to Paternity Leave in the UK

It can be one of the most important times in a man’s life: spending time with a newborn. Having some time away from work is…

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