90% of employers find benefits communication ‘a challenge’
May31

90% of employers find benefits communication ‘a challenge’

According to research conducted by the online employee benefits communication portal Mybenefitsatwork , a staggering 9 out of 10 HR leaders state they face challenges when communicating their benefits package to employees. This backs up previous research carried out by group risk body GRiD and interviews with industry benefits professionals by Lemonade Reward, leading to David Pugh, managing partner commenting. “Industry professionals...

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New report: Brexit and ‘zero hours’ contracts undermining financial wellbeing of UK workers 
May24

New report: Brexit and ‘zero hours’ contracts undermining financial wellbeing of UK workers 

Almost half of workers are borrowing to meet day-to-day financial needs A quarter of workers have a monthly income fluctuation of more than 10% 39% of employers think employees would approach them for financial assistance – but only 3%* of employees would turn to them for help A nationwide study of the financial wellbeing of UK workers ‘The DNA of Financial Wellbeing 2017’ report, shows that employee financial confidence has...

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4 ways employers can support staff in a changing economic climate
May24

4 ways employers can support staff in a changing economic climate

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has highlighted four ways UK employers can support employee wellbeing in the changing economic climate. The new report, ‘Wellbeing: Examining the correlation between employee health and financial wellbeing’ examines and interprets data from various global and regional sources, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and Aon’s own research and client...

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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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