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    Press release: First Week of February Worst For Staff Sickness

    3 February 2020 3 min read

    Man sat at home on a sofa wrapped in a blanket feeling sick

    London, UK: 3rd February 2020: Tuesday is the most frequent day taken by staff as unplanned absence, according to statistics provided by Edays, the leader in global absence intelligence.

    The company has revealed that the first week of February, the worst peak for unexpected staff absence, after surveying absence data from more than 1,000 companies from 2019.

    Tuesdays saw the most unplanned leave (71,037), with Friday the day where staff is least likely to be absent (63,451).

    Unplanned absence stats

    January and February saw the most unplanned leave with 34% and 32% respectively versus other months. July and December showed the least unplanned absence with 17% and 15% respectively.

    By profession, the tech industry has the highest unplanned absence rates, at 3.9 percent, compared to the transport industry which had the lowest figure at 1.7 percent. Simultaneously, the tech industry also has one of the lowest average holiday entitlements, at 28.8 days annually.

    “In the worst month for staff absenteeism, it’s really important that managers and HRs are aware of the trends in sickness amongst the workforce, so they can plan and manage resources accordingly, or launch initiatives to correct certain patterns,” said Steve Arnold, CEO of Edays. “We speak to many global organizations and it’s amazing how many aren’t aware of the level of groupwide or individual absenteeism when if they could see repeat issues, they could act to engage with staff, and help them, as well as boost company productivity.”

    Edays data from 2019 showed that the first half of the year was the worse for unplanned absence on a decline from April onwards.

    “These winter months are difficult for leaders to manage with the number of viruses in circulation, but also from a morale point of view,” added Arnold. “Some people or teams or sectors are more affected by these factors and it’s up to companies to recognize weak spots and put corrective measures in place to help their teams. This starts with having the absence intelligence to hand.”


    About Edays
    Founded by CEO Steve Arnold and CTO Chris Moseley, Edays is an award-winning, cloud-based absence management and intelligence platform that makes holiday and absence tracking easy and accurate for organizations of all sizes, anywhere in the world. Edays delivers for more than 1,500 customers across 120 countries, including brands such as Canon, ASOS, AXA, Monster Energy, Barclays, and Sony.

    The Edays mission is to provide organizations with a global solution that saves time and money associated with processing employee absence. The company enables its customers to achieve better resourcing insight for planning purposes, and also plays a key role in helping organizations to improve employee wellbeing – both for the good of the employee and for the wider health implications this has on organizational success.

    Twitter: @edayssoftware

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    Harry Customer Success Manager at edays
    February 3, 2020

    Harry is Head of Customer Success here at edays, helping organisations to get the very best out of their edays system. His experience in SaaS and HR brings valuable insight into how organisations can better manage their people, processes and productivity.