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    Tackling Absence Management in Wales – Activ Absence and hcrc join forces!

    Tackling Absence Management – a key issue for businesses

    Tackling absence management is a key issue for businesses in the current economic climate. Many employers are seeking to prevent and manage long-term absence with a view to making a positive impact on this key workplace issue, however short term absences and ‘sickies’ can be equally detrimental. Recent studies have shown that in some organisations absenteeism can account for 30% of overall payroll costs when you factor in statutory sickness pay, lost productivity, administration, temporary staff and training.

    A structured approach works best

    Tackling this problem requires a structured approach with good knowledge and complete awareness. Local specialists Codel Software and hchr Ltd have joined forces to help welsh businesses manage absence issues.

    Codel Software are the Bridgend based developers of Activ Absence, one of the UK’s leading online absence management solutions. Activ Absence enables businesses to fully manage all aspects of absence via its cloud-based platform and has gone down a storm with both HR managers and staff members alike.

    Good Absence Management means more time to focus on People

    Tackling absence management Adrian from Codel

    Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Codel Software

    Says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director from Codel Software, “We give HR Managers more time to focus on people. There are tools out there that record data such as annual leave, sickness absence, maternity leave and so on, but we actually manage, record, report and give everyone in the chain an understanding of the reasons for absence.

    More information means more motivation

    Activ Absence is easy to use on any device with an internet connection. Trends and patterns are flagged up automatically, Key HR reports can be generated and distributed to supervisors, line managers and directors, whilst employees have their own portal and can self-serve many of the mundane aspects of holiday and sickness queries such as annual leave requests, return to work forms and so on. They see exactly for themselves what their line managers see, which has been proven to increase motivation.”

    Software helps, but a combined approach is best

    As with most personnel related issues, sickness and absence needs to be dealt with in a fair, understanding and sympathetic way, with effective monitoring and a consistent approach – therefore software alone is only part of the solution. There is still a need for professional support and treatment advice, agreeing and reviewing return to work plans for individuals, and co-ordinating the complete return to work process with interviews and discussion as appropriate. This is where the hchr team comes in.

    Tackling absence management with Heather Cooper

    Heather Cooper, Managing Director, hcrc Ltd.

    What gets measured gets done!

    Heather Cooper, Director from hchr ltd, added “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Codel Software in helping to tackle absence management concerns in local businesses. Absence is costly, especially within SME’s and can have an adverse effect upon colleagues and productivity as a whole. What gets measured gets done! Activ Absence gives us the information – we can give you guidance on what to do next.

    SME’s are often confused about what powers they have to manage absence. No supervisor or manager in the business can hope to be an HR expert but they can expect to be given sound advice and strategies to enable them to manage absence effectively. hchr offers the human resource element, which combined with an efficient software solution will be of huge benefit to our existing clients. We are looking forward to helping businesses improve their levels of absence management through a joint approach.”

    Activ Absence has Prestigous clients as well as SMEs

    The growing list of prestigious Activ Absence users include various NHS trusts, the NSPCC, GKN, Kingfisher Beer Europe and Charles Stanley Stockbrokers, however the combined approach is entirely scalable whether you have 10 staff or thousands. The message to Welsh business owners is that every organisation whether small or large can enjoy cost savings and improved operational efficiency through a tailored, professional approach to absence management.

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    Date posted: December 2, 2014

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