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Press release: Half of businesses not ready for safe return to work

11 June 2020 3 min read

not safe to return to work
  • 50% of companies have no system to track the impact of Covid-19 on staff
  • Findings come from Edays absence intelligence platform
  • Edays makes sickness management software widely available to increase preparedness

Half of companies are not ready for a safe return to work, as they have no way of monitoring the impact of Covid-19 on employees, according to Edays, the absence intelligence platform. The findings came from an exclusive survey of 100 senior HR executives from well-known global brands by Edays.

The news comes as non-essential retailers in the UK prepare to re-open their doors on 15th June. Stores and shops are expected to put in place stringent physical measures to stop staff or customers from being exposed to infection, but HR teams don’t have similar measures in place. In its survey, Edays found that 50% of companies had no way of assessing the impact of Covid-19 on their staff. It also found that many are still relying on paper spreadsheets to log sickness, furlough, and holiday.

In response, Edays has made its sickness management software more widely available to companies, which will help reduce the devastating impact faced by workforces as a result of Covid-19.

The technology, which can integrate with larger company’s existing HR systems if required, allows teams to track and manage, amongst other factors, employee sickness, self-isolation, and furlough. Anyone who displays symptoms can be quickly sent the support they need and told to self-isolate, and simultaneously their team can be alerted to the fact they may have been exposed to the virus. This aims to keep employees as safe as possible and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in offices and workplaces.

Edays has also entered into a partnership with health insurer BHSF to offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP); a confidential service that supports employees with any issues that could be affecting their work or personal life. The EAP available via Edays will offer 24/7 telephone counseling and management support to staff and management alike. Access to an online portal for further health advice will also be available.

Adam Hale, Board Advisor to Edays and Chairman of the ScaleUp Institute, commented: “Early intervention is the only way to avoid long-term damage to your business. Without precise tracking and reporting, your organisation will be unable to spot increased absence and give employees the support they need. I’d urge businesses of all sizes to adopt thorough and reliable sickness management software before they look to bring employees back to a place of work.”

Steve Arnold, Edays’ CEO commented: “Everybody is at risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19; even more so in confined working environments. Edays gives you the case management tools to be proactive and prevent spikes in unplanned absence; alerting managers to workplace Covid-19 cases and helping your team stay safe and productive.”


Harry Customer Success Manager at edays
June 11, 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.