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Press release: Two thirds of businesses unable to count cost of COVID-19 on workforce

29 June 2020 3 min read

managing sickness absence
  • 69% of companies have no way to track the cost of employee absence
  • 1 in 3 companies still rely on paper spreadsheets for employee wellbeing

More than two-thirds of business leaders across the UK have no idea how much employee sickness is costing their business, according to Edays, the absence intelligence platform.

The findings come from an exclusive survey of 100 senior HR executives from well-known global brands by Edays. Of the respondents, one in three still tracked their staff absence manually, using spreadsheets or paper-based forms.

The news comes as businesses plan a gradual return to the workplace after the end of lockdown. There are fears that this will have created added pressure via a filing backlog in manual spreadsheets and absence forms.

When asked about whether absenteeism is a topic for senior board level, a third of respondents said that it was not discussed in the business.

Absence intelligence has emerged as a new priority during the Covid-19 crisis. Last year, 141m working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK, and the impact of Covid-19 is likely to have had a significant impact on this figure when measures like furlough are taken into account.

“An organization of 1,000 people will save £170,000 per month by taking a proactive approach to cutting absence durations and resolving tricky cases,” said Steve Arnold, CEO of Edays. “In addition to the financial element, it’s really important for leaders to understand their employee wellbeing now more than ever, with the growth of mental health issues and associated Covid-19 related issues.

“It’s astonishing that staff absence tracking is still a paper-based process in many large organizations when patterns and trends here are so important to spot warning signs in individuals and teams – and for businesses to focus on productivity at this difficult time.” For further insights on this topic, check out the podcast: Why data is the key to understanding sickness absence and beating employee burnout, presented by Edays in association with ASOS.


About Edays

Founded by CEO Steve Arnold and CTO Chris Moseley, Edays is award-winning, cloud-based absence management and intelligence platform that makes holiday and absence management 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 key intelligence regarding staff absence – enabling them to build better staff management and wellbeing strategies. Absence intelligence allows businesses to achieve better resourcing insights, save time and money associated with employee absence, and promote excellent employee wellbeing and better health for organizational success.

Website: https://www.e-days.com
Twitter: @edayssoftware
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/e-days/

Press inquiries

For all media requests, please email marketing@e-days.com

Harry Customer Success Manager at edays
June 29, 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.