Daredevil office workers take zip wire challenge over at Chiswick Park, West London
Jul06

Daredevil office workers take zip wire challenge over at Chiswick Park, West London

Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work is helping to put a smile on faces of its guests and employees at their West London business community with its regular events strategy. However, even for a work community used to events and perks designed to make work fun, last week saw a whole new challenge. The latest event saw office workers braving a a giant 300 metre zip wire, running the entire length of the park, giving office workers the opportunity...

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Maternity leave around the world –
Jul05

Maternity leave around the world –

Ever wondered how the UK compares on maternity leave and benefits? Instant Offices have taken a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world, and how the UK fares against our international neighbours. Which Countries have the most maternity leave?   COUNTRY DAYS WAGES PAID PROVIDER   1.       SWEDEN 480 80% SOCIAL INSURANCE 2.       CROATIA 365+ 100% HEALTH INSURANCE FUND (until 6 months) – rest paid by...

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Stress in the City – calls for finance industry to tackle widespread stress
Jun29

Stress in the City – calls for finance industry to tackle widespread stress

Firms need to show bravery and openness to address the problems with stress and mental health in the city, say the Health Insurance Group. They claim that unknowns surrounding so-called hard Brexit, dwindling job security, increased regulatory scrutiny and long working hours are taking a toll on the mental health of those working in the city’s financial sector. The global financial crisis, the resulting meltdown, and the subsequent...

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Four in ten millenials have no pension provision
Jun28

Four in ten millenials have no pension provision

Four in ten millennials have no pension provision, new research from YouGov reveals. The Bridging the Young Adults Pension Gap report indicates that 44% of 18-34 year olds say they have no pension provision whatsoever compared to around a fifth of 35-54s (22%) and over-55s (20%). YouGov’s study reveals the extent to which under-35s have a poor knowledge of pensions. Approaching three in ten (27%) say they simply don’t know understand...

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Want to give a “thank you” gift to staff? Forget cash! Wine and dine them instead, study reveals
Jun28

Want to give a “thank you” gift to staff? Forget cash! Wine and dine them instead, study reveals

Organisations that provide staff with a personalised “thank you” gift rather than cash and gift cards are more likely to achieve “excellent” value for money, according to the latest study from the O.C. Tanner Institute. While cash is the most commonly used staff gift, Global HR leaders don’t see it as being that effective at adding value. Instead, personalised gifts such as a meal out, a treat or a symbolic award deliver the greatest...

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Expats most commonly relocate for better career opportunities
Jun28

Expats most commonly relocate for better career opportunities

New research by AXA’s global healthcare specialist provider of international medical insurance has revealed that, when asked to give their top reasons for moving abroad, almost a third (30 per cent) of expats said that they relocated for better career opportunities and a quarter (23 per cent) listed increased pay and benefits. A further 15 per cent relocated for an improved work/life balance, while 14 per cent moved for a better...

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Researchers find 3 in 4 UK workers could not cope with financial impact of cancer
Jun27

Researchers find 3 in 4 UK workers could not cope with financial impact of cancer

New research from Canada Life Group Insurance has highlighted that most workers are unprepared for the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis. Nearly three in four (72%) respondents admitted they would struggle to cope if their income fell by the average amount lost by 80% of families after a cancer diagnosis (£570 a month1), and 80% of single parent workers, including 63% who say it would be very difficult to cope in these...

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PWC: FTSE 350 Companies’ ability to fulfil pension promises at its lowest level since the recession
Jun22

PWC: FTSE 350 Companies’ ability to fulfil pension promises at its lowest level since the recession

New research by PwC reveals the ability of FTSE 350 companies to fulfil their defined benefit (DB) pension obligations has sunk to its lowest level since the recession. PwC analysis shows that despite growth in the FTSE, the relative support companies provide to their pension schemes has weakened significantly. PwC’s Pension Support Index tracks the relationship between the financial strength of the FTSE 350 companies and the size of...

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Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers
Jun20

Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers

It is generally understood that as an ‘at work’ activity, driving for work purposes comes within an employer’s responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act. In its latest ‘fit to drive’ campaign, road-safety charity Brake has highlighted that the organisation may be prosecuted if a crash is proven to have resulted from lack of fitness to drive and the organisation is judged to have been negligent in preventing it. Specsavers...

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Are work perks the secret to workplace success? Study reveals a third (36%) of Brits feel happier in the workplace when receiving perks
Jun19

Are work perks the secret to workplace success? Study reveals a third (36%) of Brits feel happier in the workplace when receiving perks

40% of Brits feel they are getting a better deal when offered a ‘perk’ Private healthcare is the most sought after work perk (45%) 18 – 24 year olds expect jobs to come with work perks Work perks are revolutionising the way the British workforce views the workplace, according to new research by BankingRefunds.co.uk (1)  The packaged bank account claims specialist polled over 1,500(1) Brits on their attitudes towards perks and...

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RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads
Jun16

RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads

Men are less likely to seek medical help for mental health problems and also less likely to disclose mental health problems to friends and family, despite a third of fathers saying they regularly felt burnt out, and so this Father’s Day, RedArc is calling for employers to do more to support dads in the workplace. RedArc knows that alongside the excitement of becoming a new parent, the responsibility can lay heavily on the shoulders of...

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European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn
Jun16

European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn

Ahead of Father’s Day, here’s a few facts about parental leave for British Dads: Just 1% of dads in the UK take advantage of shared parental leave “Two weeks is not enough time off for new fathers in Britain and paid leave for dads specifically should be increased!” A total of 28 countries have better paternity leave and pay schemes than the UK Swedish fathers get a huge 80 additional days with their new-born compared to...

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Changes to salary sacrifice part of new Finance Act 2017
Jun15

Changes to salary sacrifice part of new Finance Act 2017

  Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that employers who were hoping for a reprieve from the changes to Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OPRA) will be disappointed and must take action to comply. The Finance Bill 2017 has now received Royal Assent, making it the Finance Act 2017 and while many original clauses were cut, the OPRA elements have remained largely intact. Aon...

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Company cars remain a popular benefit, according to new research
Jun14

Company cars remain a popular benefit, according to new research

XpertHR‘s 2017 company cars and car allowance survey[i] published this week has found that 71.3% of organisations have company cars, although they are usually only offered to a minority of employees – just 8.2% are given this option. 85.1% of organisations offer car allowances – but only to 6.1% of staff When it comes to car allowances they are offered at an overwhelming 85.1% of organisations, but they are given to only...

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61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD
Jun12

61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD

Employer research conducted by group risk industry body GRiD shows that caring issues are becoming a major cause of workforce absence. Home and family issues (which are often related to caring issues or the breakdown of care arrangements), plus more specific issues with providing elder and child care are resulting in absence from work and lost productivity. For 61% of employers these issues are a main cause of short-term absence (less...

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