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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Lockdown Loneliness Hits Young Workers Hard
Sep16

Lockdown Loneliness Hits Young Workers Hard

Despite increased appetite in the UK for remote working practices to continue into the future, the disconnection from the day-to-day social interactions of the workplace and the encroachment of work on our home lives has seen feelings of loneliness and isolation take hold, in a workforce already struggling to adapt to the challenge of the ‘new normal’.1   According to a new survey by leading UK job board Totaljobs, almost...

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Over half of UK workers haven’t received mental health support despite rise in anxiety, study reveals
Sep15

Over half of UK workers haven’t received mental health support despite rise in anxiety, study reveals

A survey carried out by mental health organisation, TalkOut, has revealed that 56% of UK workers haven’t received any mental health support or advice from their employer since the pandemic hit in March. The study – which surveyed 1,500 UK workers – found that 68% of respondents had felt anxious and apprehensive about returning to work, while 35% said that their mental health is worse now compared to before the pandemic. On top of...

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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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Employee sickness absence rates rise
Sep03

Employee sickness absence rates rise

A median 2.7% of working time was lost to sickness in 2019, up from 2.5% in 2018, according to the latest data from XpertHR. This translates to 6.4 days per employee across the UK, up from 5.6 days in 2018. Despite the slight increase, overall sickness absence rates remain some way off the high rates of 2006, when XpertHR first started gathering data, and the median percentage of working time lost to sickness absence has not risen...

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Protecting mental health in the post-Covid 19 workplace
Aug10

Protecting mental health in the post-Covid 19 workplace

The events of the past few months have affected everyone. Whether employees have been working from home, furloughed or key workers supporting others and keeping the country going, everyone has faced their own challenges. But as we come to terms with a new way of life, the impact on our mental health is still unclear. Natalie Rogers, Unum HR Director commented “As we emerge from lockdown, the mental health pressures on employees will...

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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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Men’s health at work
Jul29

Men’s health at work

While it’s not yet clear exactly why more men than women are being impacted by Covid-19[1], there is clearly a distinct difference between men’s and women’s health. For example, men are less inclined to seek help or advice from a medical professional. In fact, a significant 39% of men will wait until pain is “unbearable” before considering a visit to the doctor and over a third will wait three weeks, enduring symptoms...

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Mental health challenges facing every student
Jul28

Mental health challenges facing every student

People are constantly facing difficulties during their lives. Social polls report that college students have the largest percentage of psychological illnesses among all the age groups.  Psychological disorders can seriously harm not only the learning process but also the ability to perform daily duties. We have compiled a list of the most frequent psychological illnesses.  Anxiety Anxiety is one of the most common...

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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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Tackling Men’s Health Week in time of crisis
Jun17

Tackling Men’s Health Week in time of crisis

By Rachel Lett, Chief Care Officer at digital health management platform Span It is Men’s Health Week and as businesses are reopening, health risks and mental pressure are be increased on all – including working and furloughed men.  Regardless of the generation and work position, men are often in denial when it comes to health issues, did you know 40% of men will not talk to anyone about mental health? How to encourage men...

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Why men don’t access mental health support
Jun11

Why men don’t access mental health support

And how businesses can encourage them to utilise available help during Men’s Health Week 15 June Men are at higher risk from Covid-19* and suffering from mental health issues in silence:** a potentially lethal combination. With Men’s Health Week, commencing 15 June, focusing on taking action on Covid-19, it’s important that businesses understand why men may be reticent to access support if they are struggling so they’ll be better...

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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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