Earlier this month was National Sickie Day, an awareness day which started from the claim that more people call into work sick on the first Monday in February than at any other time of the year. Whether or not that’s true, sickies are a real phenomenon, and they can be especially tricky to deal with if you run a small business.
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, 2017 saw the lowest average number of sick days taken on record, at only 4.1 days for the year.1However, the cost to employers increased, from £455 per employee for days lost to sickness in 2016, to £570 in 2017.2While paid sick leave is obviously an important right for workers, sickies (i.e. sick days taken when the person isn’t really sick) can have a negative impact, especially on small business owners.
So what should you do if one of your employees pulls a sickie? Here are some tips that will help you to handle it in the right way.
2018 was a good year for LinkedIn. Although it has been around since 2002, it has been steadily growing into one of the most influential social networking sites around, and last year it was as popular as ever among its core audience: business professionals.
Looking ahead to
2019, there are a number of important trends to watch out for with LinkedIn that
will help you to get the most out of this important networking platform. Here
are three of the most significant.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air, and we hope that you’re taking the time today to appreciate the things that are most special to you. It could be anything – a loved one, your family, your friends… or even your job!
That’s right – here at Get Ahead VA we’re celebrating this season of love by
thinking about why we love our jobs. So, we asked everyone in the Get Ahead VA team to tell us what they love about
being a virtual assistant, and this is what they had to say:
Get Ahead VA
offers a wide range of business and marketing services. In our Service
Spotlight, we take a closer look at one of these and show you how our virtual
assistants can help you and your business. This month, we’re looking at telephone answering.
Why do you need telephone answering?
Phone calls can
be one of the biggest distractions in the workplace. We all know the feeling of
being fully immersed in a project or piece of work, only for a phone call to
break our flow and add extra tasks to our to-do list. Business calls can also
happen at the most inconvenient times – when you’re
travelling, in a meeting, or even (horror of horrors) when you’re at home with
your feet up!
If you find
yourself bombarded with calls, or you just want a break from the phone while
you finish an important piece of work, then a telephone answering service could
be just what you need.
As the date of
Brexit approaches (29th March), and with
no clear deal yet on the table, it’s no wonder that there’s a strong feeling of
uncertainty in the country. But although it’s impossible to predict the
long-term impact of Britain leaving the EU, digital marketers Catalyst have
outlined some basic steps all SMEs can take
to get through this difficult period.
One solution to
your Brexit woes could be to make use of virtual assistants. In uncertain
times, the businesses that adapt are most likely to survive, and using VAs
could be just the kind of agile, innovative approach your business needs to
deal with the turbulence ahead. Here are five reasons why a virtual assistant
could help you to get through Brexit.