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ONS Absence Statistics Are Food for Thought


The Office for National Statistics has published statistics on the sickness absence rates of workers in 2018 in the UK labour market, including number of days lost and reasons for absence. The average number of working days per worker lost to sickness absences was 4.4. The four most common reasons for sickness absence in 2018 […]

SSVM software update


We believe in offering our customers the best quality products and services that we can, so we are constantly looking for enhancements to be made to our software. Our Self-Service Visitor Management app (version 1.33.9) is now updated with improvement and new features. This is also known as the Unmanned Reception App. It allows visitors […]

Expo Preparations Continue


On the 3rd and 4th of December, 2019 our parent company, Tensor plc, will exhibit its high-end security, facial recognition and access control solutions at the International Security Expo 2019. This expo, located at the London Olympia, is the flagship event for the security industry, bringing government, industry, academia and the entire end-user regulation & […]

Can the UK function on a four-day week?


The four-day week has been considered for some time, but has had a recent upsurge thanks to the Labour party adopting it as policy in time for the upcoming election on December 12th2019. You can see the two peaks in Google Trends – one from the announcement in September at the party conference, and the […]

International Security Expo 2019


Our parent company, Tensor plc, will exhibit high-end security, facial recognition and access control solutions at the International Security Expo 2019 on the 3rd and 4th December. Visit us at Stand J61. The International Security Expo 2019 at the London Olympia is the flagship event for the security industry, bringing government, industry, academia and the entire […]

Automated fire roll-call


Some companies believe that because they have a small number of staff, an official fire roll call isn’t necessary. They can just look at their assembled staff and recognise missing people! This may be the case for regular employees, but what about contract or service workers like cleaners or repair engineers? What about visitors? How […]

Potential National Living Wage Increase


At the Conservative party conference, the chancellor pledged to increase the National Living Wage to £10.50 per hour by 2024. He also said that the age at which one qualifies for this wage will drop from its current age of 25 to 21. The current National Living Wage for over-25s is £8.21. The current minimum […]

Is overwork and presenteeism ruining your workforce?


We’ve written on the blog before about the problems of presenteeism. This is when employees continue to turn up for work despite being physically or mentally unwell. Old-fashioned management will hail this as displaying loyalty and grit, while those more in touch with modern research will know that presenteeism can lead to a dramatic drop […]

Lack of flexible working options is costing London SMEs up to £18,600 every year in rent


By not offering their staff any flexible working options, London’s SMEs are wasting up to £18,600 every year in rent, a recent research report from conference call provider PowWowNow has been able to suggest. Figures published in the report suggest that by allowing just 1 in 5 of their workforce to work remotely, London based […]

5 Minutes Matter – Minimising time theft


Time theft is widespread across virtually all industries. This is the unethical practise of not working during paid work time, and thus receiving money for doing nothing Behaviours leading to time theft Buddy punching (recording incorrect arrival and/or departure times thanks to a co-worker clocking in or out for them) Taking longer breaks and lunches […]