Employers need to watch out for a spike in employee absence after the next bank holiday, e-days has warned.
Data taken from a subset of 500 UK employers using the company’s absence management system shows that May is generally a low sickness absence month with just 38.6 average sick days recorded.
However, last year, on the Tuesday after the early bank holiday Monday this spiked to 61.1 absences.
It went even higher on the Tuesday after the late May bank holiday, when 66.9 was the average recorded.
Clare Avery, head of HR for e-days, said the generally nicer weather with brighter sunshine in May helps people to feel physically and mentally better, helping create the lowest month for sickness absence.
“But employers do need to be aware of the days post bank holiday Mondays,” she added.
To improve workplace wellbeing and reduce absence, e-days suggested keeping on top of absence stats to understand trends.
It said that if absence data is showing bank holiday blues are a problem, firms could consider an engaging welcome back incentive, such as a competition prize for the best or funniest bank holiday activity, free coffee or doughnuts, or a team prize for least amount of absences.
If an employee took time off for stress-related reasons, employers should talk to them when they return to work, e-days said.
Other tips include making flexible working possible, offering generous leave for new parents and not pressuring employees into working too hard.