Managing Absence

Can you dismiss an employee on sick leave?

It’s an unfortunate part of doing business, but from time to time, people need to be let go. This can be the case even when they’re away on sick leave.…

Michael Metcalf

What you need to know about Adoption Leave

Becoming a parent is a wonderful milestone in life. As any parent will tell you, it doesn’t come without challenges, and when the big day comes, parents will need some time off work to settle in to their new life.…

Michael Metcalf

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?…

Michael Metcalf

Privacy Mode in Timetastic

The level of privacy in Timetastic is one area that divides opinion amongst our customers. It seems everyone has their own policy and attitude towards privacy in the absence area.…

Gary Bury

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?…

Michael Metcalf

Unlimited Allowance

The policy of Unlimited Holiday Allowance is growing in popularity, and it's not without its challenges. But whatever your stance it's pleasing to see people experimenting with different forms of allowance to discover a better work/ life balance.…

Gary Bury

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.…

Michael Metcalf

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.…

Michael Metcalf

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…

Michael Metcalf