Reviewing contracts: why it’s never been so important
Aug07

Reviewing contracts: why it’s never been so important

With the Coronavirus pandemic leading to significant changes in legislation across a range of sectors and people throughout the country being impacted, businesses and business owners should take the time to look into the processes they have in place. Phil Parkinson, Head of Commercial Law at Blacks Solicitors, discusses why it’s never been so important to review contracts and what organisations need to be aware of. Why is it important...

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Digital wellbeing organisation to expand as businesses seek online support for employee mental health
Aug06

Digital wellbeing organisation to expand as businesses seek online support for employee mental health

Champion Health, a digital wellbeing platform is expanding after receiving an increase in enquiries from businesses wanting to support their employees wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Launched by social entrepreneur Harry Bliss, Champion Health helps businesses optimise the health and wellbeing of staff by offering proactive health assessments, data-driven solutions and online mental health training. ...

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How to implement workplace initiatives which excite and drive employee engagement during lockdown and beyond
Jul31

How to implement workplace initiatives which excite and drive employee engagement during lockdown and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the workplace on its head, with business owners, leaders and employees having to almost instantly revise and adjust their daily operations to fit in with the ‘new normal’ of working from home.  From ensuring the relevant IT infrastructure was in place, to concerns around employee morale and maintaining high productivity, all businesses undoubtedly will have grappled with how to make the new...

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How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?
Jul30

How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?

The news this week that holidaymakers will need to quarantine for two weeks after returning from Spain[i] highlights one of the major challenges facing employers as the UK tries to get back to normal working life, says Adrian Lewis at Activ Absence. Spain was added to the UK’s quarantine list from midnight on Saturday with just a few hours’ warning. This comes as Europe is bracing itself for a second wave of...

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Employers urged to monitor absence closely to stay on top of rising mental health issues post Covid-19
Jul08

Employers urged to monitor absence closely to stay on top of rising mental health issues post Covid-19

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned this week that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a mental health crisis in the UK unless extra support is provided. Other research from Bupa UK[i]  found that despite high rates of poor mental health during the pandemic, just one in 20 people (5%) has spoken to a health professional about their symptoms. Rather than confide in others about their mental health, many...

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How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?
Jun25

How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?

As Government plans[i] are set to be unveiled regarding so called ‘air bridges’ which will allow  holidaymakers to travel to low risk countries without quarantining from 4th July,  Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence warns that managing annual leave could be a major challenge for companies post Covid-19. During the crisis, the government announced that untaken statutory holiday leave could be carried over for two years...

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Coronavirus and the business interruption insurance debate
Jun02

Coronavirus and the business interruption insurance debate

Organisations of every size have borne the brunt of the Government lockdown, imposed to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus, with many losing their entire business revenue overnight. Planning for such eventualities included adding business interruption (BI) cover to already expensive business insurance, safe in the knowledge that when trade is disrupted through no fault of their own, the policy would pay out and cover the...

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A new dawn – the rise of the employee
May27

A new dawn – the rise of the employee

I’ve recently had the pleasure of speaking with communications experts from our customers ranging from  ADM and Dow, through to OSF Healthcare and PVH, about how their businesses have adapted in light of COVID-19 and the steps they’re now taking to prepare their employees for a new way of working in some shape or form. As we talked, I experienced this incredible sensation of hope and the realisation that despite everything we are...

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The English Game Season 2: Netflix
May26

The English Game Season 2: Netflix

With almost all sports brought to a standstill in the entire world, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are surely missing a good game of football these days. And while we took on YouTube or other social media channels to remember old matches and legendary players and their goals, we still miss that tremendous action. One way to look at it, through the coronavirus news, is watching the Netflix TV miniseries “The English Game”. With...

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How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?
May21

How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?

Employers are facing major long-lasting work challenges following Coronavirus and may need to adopt new ways of managing employees, says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. New research from GoldLeaf[i], a video conferencing company, highlights that 60% of people would like to work from home more often than they did before lockdown. Of these, almost two thirds would like to work from home either two or three times a week, and one...

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How to tackle mental health in the workplace
May19

How to tackle mental health in the workplace

Adrian Lewis, Director, at Activ Absence says there is a lot employers can do to help break the taboo of mental health, including having systems in place so they can uncover the reasons behind employee absence. A recent survey[ii] conducted by Censuswide and Slater and Gordon found that in 2019 workers took on average 3.75 days off for mental health reasons including stress, exhaustion and depression because they were...

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How businesses can address rising absenteeism resulting from the mental health impact of lockdown
May14

How businesses can address rising absenteeism resulting from the mental health impact of lockdown

New research[i] highlights concerns that home working is causing a rise in employee burnout and ‘e-presenteeism’, with almost three in five (58 per cent) HR managers fearing losing staff to sick leave as a result of the mental health impacts of working in lockdown. The research, conducted by Mental Health Foundation and LinkedIn amongst HR professionals, found that more than half (54 per cent) said that mental health issues such as...

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How absence software can support businesses return to ‘normal’ when the lockdown eases
May07

How absence software can support businesses return to ‘normal’ when the lockdown eases

The Government is due to announce how businesses could come out of lockdown which will have implications for how staff can return to work. Continued remote working, staggered work times, and alternate days in the office and at home are all possible options. Many companies will be concerned how this can be managed effectively and how they can keep track of staff, says Adrian Lewis, Director of absence management software provider,...

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How technology can help ease the pressure on HR professionals during the Coronavirus pandemic
Apr17

How technology can help ease the pressure on HR professionals during the Coronavirus pandemic

A recent survey from XpertHR found a fifth of HR professionals’ time is spent on administrative tasks[i]. This is likely to have increased significantly due to the Coronavirus. New Government measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus, including the Job Retention Scheme; employees working from home where possible and new rules on carrying over annual leave entitlement for the next two leave years[ii], are significantly adding to the...

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Company culture more important than money for UK workers
Apr16

Company culture more important than money for UK workers

Company culture is more important than financial reward for 85 percent of UK workers, according to interim analysis of new research commissioned by Berwick Partners. Not only do people vote culture the top and most key factor for good wellbeing at work and more important than salary and bonuses, they also place it above career progression, an organisation’s purpose, and flexible working. Analysis of the research findings to date also...

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