Report claims employee engagement could improve GDP by one percent – so how do employers achieve it?
May19

Report claims employee engagement could improve GDP by one percent – so how do employers achieve it?

Mark Scanlon, Chief Executive of Personal Group discusses the UK productivity puzzle and the impact of engagement Personal Group has always been curious about the connection between employee engagement and business performance, and today, that connection is more pertinent to the UK economy than ever. Unemployment is the lowest it has been for over a decade and yet productivity remains flat. In 2016, output per hour of work in the UK...

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Why workers won’t smile in work photos
May19

Why workers won’t smile in work photos

Marking the start of National Smile Month, new research from Unum Dental has found that just 28% of people smile with their teeth showing in photos for work, such as work passes and LinkedIn profile pictures. The research found that one of the most popular reasons for not smiling in work photos was because people don’t like their smile / teeth (28%), whilst around a quarter (23%) feel it looks less professional, and almost 1 in 10...

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GRiD: Employers should make better use of group risk benefits to support mental health
May18

GRiD: Employers should make better use of group risk benefits to support mental health

Claims for mental illness are nearly as prevalent as for cancer under employer-sponsored group income protection policies, however Group Risk Development (GRiD) believes that employers are missing a trick by not also taking full advantage of the mental health support which is often included with group risk products (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness). There are several ways that employers may be...

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UK wellbeing strategies not hitting the spot with employees
May18

UK wellbeing strategies not hitting the spot with employees

Latest research from Barnett Waddingham’s UK Workplace Wellbeing Index reveals that despite wellbeing strategies becoming more common practice in UK companies, the benefits are not yet reaching employees.   60% of companies report their employee wellbeing at moderate to very low. This is despite nearly three quarters of respondents claiming they have or are implementing a strategy in 2017. Organisations need to ask themselves if they...

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Why employers should encourage staff to use EAP and counselling services
May17

Why employers should encourage staff to use EAP and counselling services

In recent weeks, mental health has been high on the news agenda. The ‘Heads Together’ campaign, spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, followed by the recent Mental Health Awareness Week has placed the issue of our national mental health firmly in the spotlight.   A report from the CIPD  showed that the number of people that have experienced mental health problems at work has grown from a quarter to a...

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Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism
May16

Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism

The fourth edition of the Aviva Working Lives Report, released today, shows shockingly that seven in ten UK employees – equivalent to 18 million nationally – have gone to work unwell when they should have taken the day off.   In contrast, less than a quarter (23%) say they have taken a day off work sick when they were not actually unwell, indicating that UK employees are three times more likely to go to work unwell than they are...

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Mental wellbeing is an increasing priority for UK employers
May11

Mental wellbeing is an increasing priority for UK employers

The CIPD, recently found that the number of people that have experienced mental health problems, while in employment, has grown from a quarter to a third over the last five years. And, according to Punter Southall Health and Protection, a growing number of employers are now tackling mental health challenges by introducing wellbeing strategies focused on improving their workforce mental wellbeing. Marking Mental Health Awareness Week...

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Rise in employees seeking help for mental illness
May11

Rise in employees seeking help for mental illness

Lifeworks say we shouldn’t be alarmed – more staff are choosing to seek support as employers encourage more openness One of the UK’s largest Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and Wellbeing providers, LifeWorks has reported that they recorded a 40 percent increase in the number of calls to its service from staff suffering from anxiety and depression last year and first quarter figures this year show a 25 percent...

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Group risk industry supports record number of families in 2016
May11

Group risk industry supports record number of families in 2016

UK Group Risk industry paid out £1.5bn in claims in 2016: a £100m increase on 2015, and equivalent to £4.1m a day 2,289 people were helped back to work with active early intervention support from an insurer Cancer was the main cause of claim across all Group Risk products The Group Risk industry provided financial support to a record number of families during 2016. Industry data compiled and published today by Group Risk Development...

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Mental Health support should be so much more than just ‘talking’, says RedArc Nurses
May11

Mental Health support should be so much more than just ‘talking’, says RedArc Nurses

Employees with mental health conditions can significantly benefit from a broad range of help that goes beyond the standard ‘talking’ therapies that are often associated with typical Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs), according to RedArc nurses. Of the referrals that RedArc receives to its personal nurse adviser service – which includes experienced registered mental health nurses – around two thirds (63%) of mental...

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Why consider wellness programmes? Because healthy workers deliver healthy profits
May11

Why consider wellness programmes? Because healthy workers deliver healthy profits

Mark Ward, General Manager, UL EHS Sustainability, explains why securing worker wellbeing is vital to business profitability Most people spend one-third of their adult lives in our workplaces. They do not leave health conditions at home when they go to work or leave their illnesses at work when they return home. Addressing wellness in an integrated way can help employees manage complicated health issues, improving their lives and the...

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The employer’s secret weapon: an EAP
May11

The employer’s secret weapon: an EAP

Health benefits experts Health Assured discuss EAPs and how they are helping businesses in many ways During Mental Health Awareness Week, much is being written about EAPS and how they can support employees with mental illness – but What is an EAP? EAP stands for Employee Assistance Programme, and it goes way beyond supporting staff with mental health challenges – in fact it could be an employer’s secret weapon. An...

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Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected
May04

Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected

James Malia, Director of Employee Benefits, Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services discusses that since the Government has changed the way it’s rolling out Tax Free Childcare, more parents will be affected than originally thought. The Government has just rolled out its Tax Free Childcare scheme (TFC), but many working parents will be unaware that this change could impact them sooner rather than later. As part of the launch, the...

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GRiD welcomes Medical Expenses Consulting as new member
May04

GRiD welcomes Medical Expenses Consulting as new member

Employee benefits consultancy, Medical Expenses Consulting (UK) Ltd (MEC), has become the latest member to join Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector. Specialising in all aspects of health, wellness and protection, MEC will have exclusive access to networking opportunities, industry speakers, research, and insight into market trends and developments. They also benefit from the recently...

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More than half of employers to review Employee Benefits offering in 2017
May04

More than half of employers to review Employee Benefits offering in 2017

Research published today by Jelf Employee Benefits indicates that more than one in two employers (51%) intend to review their overall benefits package this year. The research, which was undertaken at events in London and Cardiff among 250 medium and large sized employers, also highlights which of the many 2017 legislation-led changes in the Employee Benefits space represent the key drivers for a wider reassessment of benefits offering...

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