Managing Absence

What is Life Leave, and will it work for your business?

The policy "enables employees to take up to two weeks of paid leave for significant personal situations, such as settling in a new pet, moving house, studying for exams or making the final preparations for a wedding”.…

Michael Metcalf

Long-term service rewards: what to give and what to avoid

Expectations have changed, and gold watches aren’t so much in vogue these days. So what else can you offer? And why do it in the first place?…

Michael Metcalf

Which is better: one long holiday, or lots of short ones?

During stressful times, it’s easy to want a lengthy break. But over the course of a year, are they the best idea? Or are more frequent, shorter breaks more effective at giving us the rest we need?…

Michael Metcalf

Why taking time off matters for everyone

A healthy attitude towards annual leave is a must for any modern business. There's plenty of research showing that workaholic cultures don’t breed more productive businesses - just burnout. Here's what a holiday-positive culture can bring to your business…

Michael Metcalf

How to reduce sickness absence in your business

Sickness absence is an unfortunate fact of business life - projects have to get shelved, other employees have to take up the extra work, and calendars are jumbled up while everything gets shuffled around.…

Michael Metcalf

Return to Work Interviews

These interviews are about developing an understanding of why people are off, what you can learn from it, how you can support your team better, and maybe what you can do to change.…

Gary Bury

Annual leave policies — how did you make yours?

The annual leave policy is an incredibly important — yet often neglected — component of a company. Don't follow the crowd.…

Sam Terrace

How much is UK Statutory Holiday allowance?

UK workers are legally entitled to a minimum amount of time off, known as Statutory Holiday Allowance. But, just how much is Statutory Holiday Allowance exactly?…

Gary Bury

How to Promote Better Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health, and its relationship with our working lives, is becoming more of an acceptable topic of discussion for people round the country, and rightly so.…

Michael Metcalf