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Rik Heywood

Are you calculating holiday allowance correctly? Here's how to find out. April 21, 2017

Working out how much holiday allowance you and your staff should get can be complicated. If you have ever needed an online pro rata holiday calculator or a way of working out holiday entitlement for part time workers, or just wanted to know how many days holiday are you entitled to, then read on.

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Rik Heywood

8 essential steps to manage staff time-off in your small business April 10, 2017

Small businesses have it tough whenever an employee needs time off. Unlike bigger companies, small businesses have less room to manoeuvre. One person taking a week off to go on holiday can mean your business is left with an entire department missing. It’s clear that having a policy that is well understood by all your staff is critical, but where to start...

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Rik Heywood

Keeping your staff safe from the ‘ill hero’ March 30, 2017

Every business has suffered at the hands of an ill hero before. When most people are feeling ill, sneezing and coughing all over the place, they let the office know that they aren’t going to make it in that day. The ‘ill hero’ is different though. They struggle in, no matter how ill they are, stagger around the office looking like a zombie and make sure everyone knows they came into work. They like to think they are a shade tougher than the average person. But what can you do about it?

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Katie Walker

Get your staff to fully switch off while on holiday March 27, 2017

Getting your staff to fully switch off while on holiday can be highly beneficial to your business. As luck would have it, we’ve got all the advice you need to ensure your staff are relaxed and recharging on their holidays.

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Rik Heywood

Setting up a simple time-off policy for your small business March 20, 2017

There are many things to consider when setting up a time-off policy for your small business. To start with, you’ll need to comply with the law, but there’s a lot more you can do to attract and retain the best talent and ensure your business runs smoothly at all times.

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Rik Heywood

5 reasons ‘free’ software might be costing you a fortune March 07, 2017

Like most small businesses, we use a lot of software. Most of it is hosted in the cloud, so we can use it from anywhere. It incredibly powerful and a critical part of keeping our business competitive. We use accounting software, HR Tools (like our own product, Team Absence), Office suites like Google Docs or Office 365, Customer support tools and all kinds of other products specific to our industry.

So what's a reasonable price for these products? Naturally, it varies, depending on the value we get from it, but I rarely trust ‘free’ software anymore, and here's why....

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Rik Heywood

Overcoming the 7 most common HR challenges for small businesses February 25, 2017

Growing your business, keeping on top of cash flow and keeping your existing customers happy are all part of the day the day life of running a small business. I've spent the past 15 years running my own small businesses and I’ve put together a list of the most common HR challenges I’ve experienced and what I did to overcome them.

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Rik Heywood

The 8 signs that your business needs help with booking time off October 12, 2016

For any company, whether small or big, it is very important to keep track of employee holidays and absence. You need to plan for staff shortages and make sure everyone is around during your peak season, but managing all that and knowing who’s off when isn’t as easy as it sounds without the right tools to help you.

It’s also important that your staff are able to easily plan and book their time off. They’ll want to see when they were off, how much of their annual allowance remains and who else in their team is off this week.

Here are 8 signs that the system you are using today isn’t really delivering what you and your business needs:-

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Rik Heywood

1 in 4 companies still don't record sickness absence October 04, 2016

Almost 1 in 4 companies still don’t record, track or monitor the sickness absence within their organisation. That means that 1 in 4 companies have no idea if their staff have unusually high levels of absence due to sickness, or why their staff are ending up off work. If you don’t know why something is happening, it’s clearly very hard to improve it.

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Katie Walker

Planning for staff sickness September 20, 2016

You may not realise this, but sickness and absence in your business could be costing you a fortune. Now, sickness is just a fact of life. At one point or another, we all get sick. You can’t blame people for that. You certainly can’t force them to come in with runny noses and cold sweats. Your clients wouldn’t appreciate that at all! However, you can make things easier on yourself by planning for staff sickness. Doing this you’ll be able to save time and money. So basically, it’s a win-win situation for you!

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Rik Heywood

The 5 most common complaints about booking time off work August 30, 2016

We’re all entitled to a little time off every year. All good companies recognise that well rested staff are far more productive, but booking that time off can be a cause of a great deal of stress and hassle if it’s not handled well. Ideally you’d want your staff to be able to book time off whenever they wanted to, and their managers should be able to approve that request with the least amount of fuss possible.

Not everyone gets it right though. Here are the most common complaints about booking time off work:

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Katie Walker

New support site gets you the answers you need June 17, 2016

Our new support site has launched! We've been busy setting everything up so it is as easy to use as possible, with everything you need, right at your fingertips.

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Rik Heywood

Improved 'People' page helps HR admins manage staff May 30, 2016

We've been busy improving the admin area of Team Absence over the last few days, to make it even easier for HR to keep track of all your staff.

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Rik Heywood

New Feature: Holiday and Sickness reports to help you stay on top of absence management May 23, 2016

Since launching a few months ago we've been helping businesses across the UK to keep track of staff leave. Many of them want to get a deeper understanding of their absence management and today I'm excited to announce that we have added powerful holiday and sickness reports to Team Absence!

So, find out how you can avoid discovering you are the only person in the office this week because everyone else is on holiday...

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Katie Walker

The Bradford Factor: What is it and how's it calculated? May 16, 2016

The Bradford Factor (or Bradford Formula as it’s sometimes known) was originally developed in the 1980's at the Bradford University School of Management as a way to measure the impact of various patterns of absenteeism.

It is based on a simple premise; that many short term incidents of absence are more disruptive than a single, longer term incident.

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Rik Heywood

Team Absence launches today March 16, 2016

The doors are officially open! Team Absence launches today

We prodded. We listened. We tweaked. We’ve emerged from the warm cocoon of private beta, and we’re thrilled to announce that the Team Absence doors are officially open!

With huge thanks from all of us to those who took part in our private beta launch, we’re pleased to say that we’ve made lots of improvements based on feedback. We are totally committed to creating frictionless, no-nonsense tech, and we couldn’t have done it alone.

Here are a few of our favourite all-new features:

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Katie Walker

5 simple steps to reduce staff absence problems February 10, 2016

Managing workplace leave the old way is one hell of an HR headache. It’s a lot of back and forth, it involves creaky processes, it’s not much fun, and because of that, it gets pushed right down the list of priorities.

The result? Panicky 3am moments and a heap of frustration for team members and managers alike.

Do any of these sound familiar?

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Rik Heywood

Absence management app Team Absence kicks off in private beta November 16, 2015

After many months beavering away behind closed doors, we’re excited to open up Team Absence in private beta mode today!

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