Highlights: As employee absence falls, presenteeism, stress and mental health problems rise  |  Paralympian David Weir to speak at Annual Conference!

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As employee absence falls, presenteeism, stress and mental health problems rise

Our 2012 Absence Management survey (in partnership with Simplyhealth), reveals that the average level of employee absence has fallen by almost a day. But, this fall could be masking deeper problems in the workplace, as almost a third of employers report an increase in the number of people going into work ill. The threat of redundancy and job security concerns are shown to contribute to such presenteeism. Stress-related absence also appears to be on the increase, with 40% of employers reporting a rise over the past year. Read the free survey report.

Have you seen a rise in presenteeism in your organisation? Vote in today's mini poll. And, if you're looking for tips on motivating employees, book now for our Annual Conference session on 'Creating a Happy Workforce that can Deliver More with Fewer Resources'. This session takes place in Manchester on 7 November. And, we're excited to reveal that on 8 November you'll be able to hear from David Weir, four-times Paralympian gold medallist!

Last week we asked you if companies who pay the correct amount of tax should be publicly commended. A quarter of you said yes, whilst 62% said no - you would prefer to clamp down on those who don't pay their taxes. The remaining 13% don't care because they don't feel it's a priority.

Finally, have you heard of CIPD ToolClicks yet? They're a brand new set of online tools for L&D professionals. Find out why we're so excited about ToolClicks in today's issue.

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Paralympian David Weir to speak at Annual Conference!

How HR can learn from the London 2012 legacy

We're proud to announce our final speaker on the last keynote, 'Learning from the Olympics', is four-times Paralympian gold medallist, David Weir. David will speak alongside Andy Hunt (Chef de Mission, Team GB) and Jean Tomlin (HR Director, London 2012), to explore the strategies, talent and performance gains from individuals and teams. Keynote-only tickets start at £99; one-day tickets start at £299.

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