Managing Absence

The most common causes of workplace absenteeism

Most businesses expect some level of absence in their workforce, but don’t always pause to consider, and prepare for, all the eventualities. Taking stock of all the reasons workers can be absent is a wise move for business planning.…

Michael Metcalf

How to forget work when you're on holiday

Encouraging folks to switch the work phone off when they’re away means they’ll come back more rested, happy, energetic, and ready to work.…

Michael Metcalf

Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) - how does it work?

In some businesses, when employees work overtime, their employers don’t give them overtime pay, instead opting to give them annual leave to be used at a later date.…

Michael Metcalf

Everything you need to know about stress leave

Here's what companies and workers need to know about their rights around stress leave.…

Michael Metcalf

How to calculate annual leave allowance

Here’s a handy guide for companies and workers on how to calculate annual leave and find out what everyone’s entitled to.…

Michael Metcalf

Should you take paternity leave? How to make the decision

We’re all about doing things differently here, so our advice - forget the stigma and take the leave. Having a healthy relationship with your partner and child is much more important than office politics.…

Michael Metcalf

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