Managing Absence

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

Is it better to take relaxed or adventurous holidays?

If you’re yet to book a break this year, have you considered whether you want excitement or calm? And if you have booked already, is the entire thing planned out? Or are you keeping it casual?…

Michael Metcalf

How to encourage staff to take time off

Throughout many workplace cultures, one thing that isn’t given as much attention as it could be is taking full allowance of annual leave. Can companies do better to break the stigma of taking time off?…

Michael Metcalf

Buffer's new sabbatical Policy

Buffer recently published their new policy on sabbaticals and once again I'm impressed by their understanding of employee burnout and the value of time spent with family and friends.…

Gary Bury

The importance of having a fair parental leave policy

For small companies - especially younger startups that might not have any parents yet - it might be tempting to ignore parental leave policies and deal with it when the time comes. That might be a bad idea...…

Michael Metcalf

What is an 'unsick day'?

A quick look at the US 'unsick day' scheme and what it does for wellness in the workplace.…

Sam Terrace

Can employees take holidays during their notice period?

In theory - yes - employees can claim holidays during their notice period, but it depends on the individual's circumstances and the terms of their employment contract.…

Michael Metcalf

What is Additional Maternity Leave?

For those who are pregnant, knowing what leave they're entitled to when their baby is born is important. And managers need to know where they stand on this important topic, too.…

Michael Metcalf

Can managers refuse a holiday request?

Employers and employees often wonder can a holiday request be refused? The answer is yes, but they need to make sure they've got a valid reason for doing so...…

Michael Metcalf