Snow costs UK companies over £2.2 billion in staff absence

More employees stayed at home last week due to adverse weather, than ever seen before, according to absence management organisation FirstCare.

Almost 14% of the UK workforce stayed at home on Wednesday, over 15% on Thursday and just over 10% on Friday because of the extreme weather conditions the UK. It is estimated that the direct costs to the UK companies will exceed £2.2bn*.

Aaron Ross, CEO of FirstCare, said:”With the cold snap continuing into next week we expect high levels of absence to persist”

“It is paramount employers review and revise their working plans for the days ahead to ensure employee safety is at the top of the agenda. Whether it’s asking employees to work from home or even closing the office, all activities should be effectively communicated with staff and information around pay given. In addition, guidance should be given on what business activities are essential and which can be put on hold until the weather improves.

“Employers should also give appropriate advice to their employees about how to travel safely in the icy conditions. Already, and as FirstCare saw in February 2009, the emergency services are reporting an increase in fractures and injuries as people make unnecessary journeys and end up slipping on ice.

“We advise all employers to ensure that they are also making adequate provisions to ensure the safety of employees in their car parks and communal areas as the treacherous conditions remain.”

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Easy Vacation and Sick Leave Tracking

sCommerce - the Social Commerce Blog

Happy 2010 everyone, from all at

We were delighted to start the year with another great review. This time it’s from sCommerce – the social commerce blog.

You can read the full review here:

Review: is a “Killer Start-up”

We’re delighted with the good people at who wrote a review – entirely unprompted by us – of  Here’s what they had to say:

In a nutshell, this is a web-based tool that will enable any employer to track annual and sick leave within any specific period of time. By way of the provided dashboard, anybody can track the absences of those that work for him, and ensure that everything is going according to schedule.

The provided interface makes registering a leave very easy – it is all taken care of by dragging and dropping the relevant element into the calendar which is provided, whereas a clear advantage of the site is that both part time employees and shift workers are accounted for.

As it is only fit, reports can be produced in a very simple way – all you do is set a couple of parameters and click on a button in order to have it all displayed and ready to be printed.

You can sign up for a free subscription on the site, and give this system a good try in order to determine if it can turn out be what your company needs in order to run more smoothly or not. And since it is completely configurable and brandable you can integrate it as much as you want in case all is fine.

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New annual leave dashboard

We’ve updated the dashboard that is displayed once you log in. We are confident that the new design will make a system easier to navigate. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback.

New Pricing

We’ve listened to your feedback, and we agree – we had a big jump in pricing between 100 users and the next level which used to be 250 users. As it happens a lot of the people who are considering our annual leave tracking software for 2010 have around 100 users.

Adding user number 101 was going to double the monthly subscription.

So, we’ve listened to your feedback and we’re delighted to announce our new “expansion friendly” pricing levels so you can grow from 100 to 150 or even to 300 with only a small increase in monthly subscription.

With you can control your monthly spend and still have the flexibility to grow without constant upgrading.

Some annual leave tracking applications charge the the number of users you have during the month, but please do check the small print – does this include test users, deleted users or people you create by accident and then delete? Has your spend crept up slowly over the last few months? With you know where you stand.