Ten steps for employers to tackle stress in the workplace
Apr26

Ten steps for employers to tackle stress in the workplace

April is Stress Awareness Month[i] which seeks to raise awareness of this growing problem. It’s also a good opportunity for employers to consider their role in helping reduce stress in the workplace.   The Health and Safety Executive[ii] says that 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17. Some of the causes include workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much...

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One Third of UK Workers are ‘Desk Potatoes’
Apr26

One Third of UK Workers are ‘Desk Potatoes’

One third of UK workers (33 per cent) do no exercise and only 54 per cent feel healthy. These are the latest findings from The O.C. Tanner Institute, which surveyed 476 UK working adults at companies with 500+ employees.   The research also found that a third of UK workers haven’t seen a doctor, dentist, nutritionist or personal trainer within the past 12 months and 45 per cent have never actively monitored their blood pressure. In...

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One in seven UK office workers would wear their slippers to work given the chance!
Apr26

One in seven UK office workers would wear their slippers to work given the chance!

  One in seven UK office workers would wear their slippers to work given the chance, new research reveals.   The survey conducted by personalised clothes retailer[1], Banana Moon Clothing looked into the thoughts and opinions of office workers in different sectors, regarding their work uniform policy.     More than half (55%) of UK office workers are unhappy with their dress code, and 17% of respondents said that they feel more...

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DJ’s death spins spotlight back on mental health
Apr26

DJ’s death spins spotlight back on mental health

Last week’s death of superstar DJ Avicii has once again spun the spotlight back to mental health in the workplace. The 28 year old DJ had spoken about openly his health, including his struggles with anxiety and use of alcohol to help him cope with the pressures of being in the public eye. He was hospitalised for acute pancreatitis, reportedly caused by heavy drinking, and in 2016 announced his retirement from the music industry due to...

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How to make your employees fall in love with you
Apr26

How to make your employees fall in love with you

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   Brits are under significant workplace strain, with workers routinely pulling sickies to deal with stress. This is according to new research  that states one in three employees think about quitting their job on a regular basis. So, to make sure that your employees aren’t falling out of love with you, the experts at Brighter Business advise implementing some of these...

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Workplace at odds over mental health
Apr26

Workplace at odds over mental health

Research from CABA, the charity that supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants and their families, reveals how employees and HRs really feel about mental health in the workplace.   Research from CABA suggests that Brits are under significant workplace strain, with more than 1 in 3 (36%) confessing they think about quitting their position on a regular basis.  The study revealed that 13% of employees are resorting to pulling a...

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The Likely Evolution of the Future Workplace
Apr26

The Likely Evolution of the Future Workplace

If you have long time experience of working in an office environment then you’re likely to have noticed the huge change in the workspace over the past decade, and when you think of future office life, you’re likely to imagine something reminiscent of Star Trek – minus Captain Kirk, of course. A recent survey conducted by TNT Direct explored this concept further, asking business owners how they saw their offices evolving in the coming...

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Efficiency, quality and innovation are changing the global market for managed learning, claims research
Apr26

Efficiency, quality and innovation are changing the global market for managed learning, claims research

L&D’s quest for efficiency, quality and innovation is changing the global market for managed learning, according to a study by Hemsley Fraser, which reveals that today’s organisations want a provider who can add value, not just deliver short-term cost savings.   Hemsley Fraser conducted a qualitative research study involving 15 organisations which use managed learning, ranging from private companies to global corporations. A...

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HR Tech: The Dawn of a new Industrial Revolution?
Apr25

HR Tech: The Dawn of a new Industrial Revolution?

Guest blog from Helen Armstrong  of Silver Cloud HR   When Henry Ford unveiled the world’s first production line in 1913, it was the biggest change to society since the Industrial Revolution.   By streamlining the manufacturing process of the iconic Model T, Henry Ford could not have foreseen the impact of his innovation – technology had not only made the impossible, possible, but it had completely revolutionised the ways in which we...

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Stress is the main reason for absence, shows research from GRiD
Apr25

Stress is the main reason for absence, shows research from GRiD

Stress, and stress-inducing situations, are the main causes of short-term absence (i.e. up to 26 weeks) according to research* from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group protection sector. Home and family issues account for one in five short-term absences; dealing with childcare issues accounts for nearly as many absences at 17 per cent; and dealing with eldercare issues accounts for one in ten absences.  ...

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Developing Great Leaders: The Human Workplace Perspective
Apr25

Developing Great Leaders: The Human Workplace Perspective

It is said that Leaders are not born, they are made. While the debate may rage over whether the saying is true or false, but the fact remains that people need great leaders everywhere. There are people required who can inspire us to be the best. Someone who we can look up to when on shaky grounds. Someone who can show us the way and walk the path together. Such is the role of leader.   Workplace and Leaders   While there may be many...

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Employees who aren’t allowed to work flexibly are twice as likely to experience stress at work
Apr25

Employees who aren’t allowed to work flexibly are twice as likely to experience stress at work

Employees who do not have an option to work flexibly are twice as likely to experience work-related stress than those with flexible workdays, a survey from VitalityHealth has revealed.   Britain’s Healthiest Workplace* – an annual survey developed by VitalityHealth and delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe, which studies the link between health risks and productivity – revealed that employees who do...

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Grievance procedures: The 4 most common mistakes made by employers
Apr24

Grievance procedures: The 4 most common mistakes made by employers

Guest Blog from AWH Legal    Dealing with grievances efficiently will allow you to positively affect the attitudes of employees and protects you from any serious legal complications as a result of a grievance being managed badly.   No one wants to think they will have a need for a grievance procedure in the future, and it is much more pleasant to assume that all employees are happy in their role and within your business. However, each...

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Administration and what it really means for employees
Apr24

Administration and what it really means for employees

Guest Blog By Kelly Tucker, MD of HR consultancy, HR Star Earlier this month, two of the UK’s most established companies – Toys R Us and Maplin –  announced their collapse into administration, putting over 5,000 jobs at risk. When such an announcement is made by any company, it is understandably a worrying time for those involved, especially its employees, with many undoubtedly wondering, ‘’what happens next?’ Initially it was...

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Over a third of UK employees pressured to work overtime by fear of being judged
Apr24

Over a third of UK employees pressured to work overtime by fear of being judged

A study has found that workers in Birmingham are the most likely to stay at work after hours to keep up appearances, with 44% of the city’s workforce impacted by a growing trend known as presenteeism. Employees throughout the country feel pressured to work overtime because they fear their colleagues and bosses will think they don’t work hard enough if they leave on time, according to new research from leading job board totaljobs.   A...

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