Managing Absence

Duvet days - what are they and should your company offer them?

Sounds like the perfect day, doesn’t it? Cuddled up in a toasty duvet on the sofa, with warm mug of hot chocolate, with no responsibilities other than switching the TV channel.…

Michael Metcalf

Paternity leave around the world: a comparison

Paid paternity leave is offered in countries of all economic status. If you're a business owner, it's worth considering whether you're offering enough. Could you encourage new dads to take more leave?…

Michael Metcalf

Maternity leave around the world: a comparison

Although the UK ranks higher than many countries in maternity allowance, it still lags behind others such as France and Germany.…

Michael Metcalf

How much annual leave should you give employees?

If you build a proper company culture that respects employees' time, you’ll find they respect the company and its rules more in turn.…

Michael Metcalf

What happens to leftover holiday allowance when someone leaves the business?

When someone leaves your business, there’s a good chance they’ll have some annual leave saved up that they haven’t used yet. What happens to that leave? And how does it differ if they leave, get the sack, or get made redundant?…

Michael Metcalf

Is annual leave carry over a good idea?

If you balance a sensible policy of allowing some carry-over alongside a culture of encouraging staff to take time off, you should end up with a happy workforce and a stable headcount.…

Michael Metcalf

Should you hire someone returning from a career break?

'Career breakers' can be fantastic assets to any company. Looking to make some new hires soon? Maybe you should consider a relauncher.…

Michael Metcalf

Holiday entitlements: a worldwide comparison

Depending on your point of view, 28 days from 52 weeks is a generous slice of the pie. To others, it seems that the UK has a bit of a raw deal.…

Michael Metcalf

Rest breaks at work: what are employees entitled to?

Rather than considering the minimum break time you can get away with for your employees, this might be a chance to rethink how you do breaks entirely.…

Michael Metcalf