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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006, 23:19 GMT 00:19 UK
Posties drive down staff absence
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Low absence rates helped improve Royal Mail's delivery record
Three postmen have won a car after entering a Royal Mail prize draw for staff with a 100% attendance record.

Alistair Brown, Ewan Stewart, David Knight will each be given a Vauxhall Astra as a "thank you" for their commitment to the company.

Royal Mail said staff absence had been cut significantly with attendance levels increasing by 18% over the year.

It claimed improved attendance had been a key factor in Royal Mail delivering record quality of service in 2005-06.

Absence rates fell to 5% at the end of March 2006, compared to 6.1% the previous year.
This is key to making Royal Mail a great place to work, and to enable us to provide a consistent, high quality service
Tony McCarthy
Royal Mail

The men are among 39 car winners across the UK. A further 780 members of staff won shopping vouchers as part of the Royal Mail incentive scheme.

In total, about 56,000 employees did not miss a day at work during the 12 months and all were sent a 150 holiday discount voucher.

Tony McCarthy, of Royal Mail, said: "Our people do a great job day in day out and it's right that we reward and support them.

"This is key to making Royal Mail a great place to work, and to enable us to provide a consistent, high quality service to our customers in a fully competitive marketplace."

Next year, staff with full attendance will be entered into a draw to win 2,000 of holiday vouchers and five days annual leave. Runners up will win 275 worth of shopping vouchers.

Mr McCarty said Royal Mail was also improving support available to staff when they were off sick.




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