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Don’t let your productivity take a hit this flu season

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The end of the year marks the start of the busy season for many small businesses. When you combine together extra hours with the arrival of colds and the flu, you can easily find yourself in the perfect storm of productivity – too many deadlines and too few staff. Minor illnesses such as cold, coughs […]

8 ways to protect yourself during cold and flu season

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It’s that dreadful time of year when your colleagues start falling victim to the much-feared cold and flu season. Being sick takes a lot out of you and can be harmful to productivity in the business too. While it’s not possible to completely prevent the spread of germs, following these simple steps could reduce your […]

4 in 5 managers not trained in supporting people with cancer

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Four in five (87%) line managers are not given any training on how to support people with long-term conditions including cancer, according to new research by Macmillan Cancer Support. A YouGov survey of 1010 line managers also revealed a misconception; a quarter (26%) thought making reasonable adjustments to allow someone with cancer to keep working […]

Men given twice as much workplace flexibility as women – and still take more fake sick days

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Men are given twice as much flexibility than women when it comes to working hours, according to new research. The study, conducted by conference call service provider Powwownow, found that on average men work six hours flexibly per week, compared to just three hours worked by women. Surprisingly, less than half of women (47%) are […]

UK among worst in Europe for sick pay

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The UK and Ireland offer the worst pay for time off sick across Europe, new research has shown. In fact, the amount of mandatory sick pay available to workers in the UK for a week of sick leave totals just £35.96 – and nothing at all in Ireland. Through a combination of low sick pay […]

A third of Brits don’t feel comfortable asking for time off sick

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More than a third of UK employees are nervous about asking their bosses for time off sick, with one in five uncomfortable about even asking for holiday. The unease of British workers was revealed in a survey by Printerland.co.uk, with a shocking 25% of employees stating that they don’t feel valued. The survey, which quizzed 1000 […]

Doctors move to extend sickness self-certification to two weeks

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Current regulations say employers can require staff to fill out a sickness self-certification form for absences of up to seven days. In a bid to open appointments for more urgent matters, the British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for that period to be extended to 14 days. Dr Richard Vautrey, Chairman of the BMA’s General […]

Top 10 excuses to skip work for Euro 2016 matches revealed

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With the England versus Wales Euro 2016 match kicking off tomorrow, a new research survey of 1351 people from reed.co.uk has found the top 10 excuses truant employees will use to try to skip work and watch the game at 2pm on Thursday, 16 June. Failing household appliances, fake funerals and poorly pets are just some […]

Employees likely to pull a sickie after Euro 2016 games

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Almost three quarters (73%) of UK Human Resources (HR) Directors believe employees are likely to call in sick or make an excuse for skipping work the day after a major sporting event such as the UEFA Euro 2016, with more than a fifth (21%) considering it ‘very likely’, according to research from Robert Half UK. […]

Brits admit taking time off for new pets

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With the world focusing on changes to parental leave in recent months, it would appear some Brits have other things on their minds. More than two in five employees admit to taking time off work to look after new pets. It’s a new trend the media is branding ‘pet-ernity leave’ and according to online pet […]


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