How tracking absenteeism can help tackle mental health in the workplace post Covid-19
Sep17

How tracking absenteeism can help tackle mental health in the workplace post Covid-19

In the run up to World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence is calling on employers to offer better support for staff who may be suffering from mental health issues, which are amplified this year due to Covid-19. Recent analysis by the charity, Centre for Mental Health[i] suggests that at least half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill health as a result of the global...

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Getting Redundancy Right – Key Steps for Employers
Sep09

Getting Redundancy Right – Key Steps for Employers

Unfortunately, as the furlough scheme tapers, more and more businesses are announcing redundancies. The job market for redundant employees is tough, resulting in employees more likely to challenge the fairness of the process they have been through. As an employer, how can you minimise the risks? Fiona Sinclair, HR Consultant at Darwin Gray, guides us through the key steps in a fair redundancy process: Establish the rationale for the...

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Why employers should be embracing flexible working for new Dads post Covid-19
Sep04

Why employers should be embracing flexible working for new Dads post Covid-19

One in five (19%) new dads have faked illness at work to take care of the children and 20% of dads have changed jobs to better reconcile work and family obligations, according to a new report from telecommunications firm PowWowNow[i]. Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence says, “Many men want to take a more active role caring for their children, and some are even prepared to leave their job to find an employer that better supports...

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Solving the corporate knowledge problem with AI
Sep03

Solving the corporate knowledge problem with AI

Nikolas Kairinos, Founder and CEO, Soffos In the new era of working from home, never has our reliance on technology been so pronounced. Globally, businesses are successfully adapting their day-to-day working practices to suit this shift, with Zoom meetings and Slack becoming the norm. However, for many, grappling with learning and development (L&D) poses a significant issue. In the current climate, with so many employees working...

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The office is not redundant – some basic steps can help us all return safely
Sep02

The office is not redundant – some basic steps can help us all return safely

“Employers must reassure staff that offices are not only safe, but the same buzzy environment they left six months ago”Rune Sovndahl, CEO and Founder of international cleaning franchise Fantastic Services Yesterday Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the boss of the CBI, issued a rallying cry to the Prime Minister to do something about Britain’s ‘ghost towns’. The message was simple – give people confidence to return to the workplace, or the once...

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Recruiters’ stats reveal finance sector’s resilience during Covid-19
Sep01

Recruiters’ stats reveal finance sector’s resilience during Covid-19

FIRMS in one of Scotland’s most critical sectors have demonstrated resilience – with its jobs market continuing throughout lockdown. Recruiters specialising in Scotland’s finance sector, which accounts for 8% of both GDP and total employment north of the border, have also recorded a 283% jump in new roles marketed in June and July versus April and May. Despite this, more than half of all vacancies are seeking temporary or contractor...

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Returning to the workplace
Aug28

Returning to the workplace

Nick Gold, Managing Director of Speakers Corner Both in society and in business, the early days of the pandemic, we witnessed at first-hand` how people were pulling together, supporting each and understanding that we were all in this terrible situation together.  As time has gone on, this comradeship has been challenged, undermined and the uncertainty we feel has caused tensions which has tested this kinship.  But there is...

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Why employers should be encouraging workers to take annual leave to support mental wellbeing
Aug14

Why employers should be encouraging workers to take annual leave to support mental wellbeing

With the August Bank holiday coming up, as well as many people having had to delay holidays due to the pandemic, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence, is urging employers to remind workers about the importance of taking annual leave for their mental wellbeing. Recently the NHS Confederation[i] highlighted that doctors are seeing a rise in people reporting severe mental health difficulties, following a more than 30% drop in...

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Set a goal for every meeting to give it purpose
Aug13

Set a goal for every meeting to give it purpose

By Sion Lewis, Vice President of EMEA, LogMeIn Meetings are like marmite. Some of us love them, some of us hate them, but meetings have become a staple of corporate life. This year, the importance of the meeting has taken on a whole new meaning. Whether it’s a formal company ‘all-hands’ or a casual catch up with a colleague, meetings have been pegged as the interactions that keep a company moving when the workforce dispersed to work...

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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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