September was a quieter month for the Activ Absence news team, partly because our Head of Marketing took some time off to go on a wet camping holiday in North Devon!  (Even though it was soggy, I enjoyed it – Lisa!)

It wasn’t, however, a quiet month for the new business team, who managed to secure record-breaking levels of business from customers keen to tackle a wide range of absence issues and streamline their staff holiday planning.  It’s been our busiest year so far, with no signs of slowing and we continued to cement our place as the no.1 absence management software provider in the charitable sector, taking two new major charities on board this month as well as many new clients from other sectors.

Internal News Coverage

As most of our customers know, Lisa edits  www.hrnews.co.uk, so we assisted as always with lots of expert comment from our HR and absence specialists.  Much of the last month’s coverage has focussed on flexible working and the issues it can create, with our advice and tips on how to do it well.  Incidentally, if you have any news stories, Lisa is always keen to receive original content news@hrnews.co.uk.

Our ‘summer girl’ Abbie has had her contract extended at least until the end of Autumn and as our partner network is continuing to grow  we’ve really appreciated the spare pair of hands!   We agreed to sponsor a new website delivering news for the Charity Sector, www.charitynews.org.uk as our way of giving something back to the many customers we have in the charity sector, and Abbie has been instrumental in getting it started.

All of this news coverage of course is in addition to our regular blog, which regularly features new content.

External News Coverage

Online Benefits experts Thomsons sought comment from Adrian on the need for workers to take regular breaks in order to avoid stress, which was covered in their industry news page.

Meanwhile, Adrian’s regular monthly column on Welsh Tech E-Zine ‘Tech Dragons’ this month was on ‘Spreadsheets and Sandcastles‘,  a summer review on just how impractical spreadsheets are for managing that all important summer annual leave and the crisis it can create.

Meanwhile, Fresh Business Thinking picked up our tips for managing ‘unauthorised absence’ (aka sickies) during the Rugby World Cup, a subject now incredibly raw for many of our English customers although still a very real concern for customers in Ireland, Scotland and Wales who are likely to be affected by matches scheduled to start at 4.45pm on weekdays (yes, the host nation didn’t negotiate the best of start times.  However, all the home nations are playing well, would be nice to see a European team win rather than a predictably southern hemisphere win…. we’ll keep hoping!

Meanwhile, views of our ‘Silliest Sickness Excuses’ video on You Tube continued to soar throughout September, we now have over 15,000 views.

Once again, another busy month and we look forward to an exciting October!