Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?
Oct10

Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day On World Mental Health Day, absence management expert Adrian Lewis, Director of Codel Software discusses how UK businesses could benefit from utilising tools and technology to tackle employee mental health issues head on.   Adrian highlights that in September research from the NHS claimed that one in three ‘sick notes’ are issued for mental...

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A quarter of UK workers say they would have to be hospitalised before they took a sick day
Oct09

A quarter of UK workers say they would have to be hospitalised before they took a sick day

· A quarter (23%), or 7 million UK workers, wouldn’t take a sick day unless they were hospitalised or had no other choice · Overall, nine in ten (89%) workers say they have gone into work when feeling ill – suggesting employers need to do more to discourage Presenteeism · Nearly half (47%) of employees would come into work with a stomach bug · High workloads (34%) and financial concerns (22%) fuel this trend · Almost a fifth (17%) of...

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World Mental Health Day
Oct04

World Mental Health Day

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England comment on the Mental Health at Work Report 2017 ahead of World Mental Health Day The charity Business in the Community, in partnership with MHFA England, Mind and others, will be releasing its second Mental Health at Work Report 2017 on 4 October 2017. Based on a YouGov survey of 3,006 full and part time employees, the report is a comprehensive assessment of attitudes towards workplace mental...

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5.8 million UK workers have gone into work when feeling mentally unwell
Sep28

5.8 million UK workers have gone into work when feeling mentally unwell

  Nearly a fifth (18%) of respondents say they’ve gone into work when feeling mentally unwell – equivalent to 5.8 million British workers1 One in five (19%) would be more likely to go into work if mentally ill than physically ill Only 20% of respondents would take time off for a stress-related illness A fifth (20%) would be embarrassed to tell colleagues they were off for a mental health problem and 13% would worry about their...

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Five ways to effectively deal with staff sickness in the workplace
Sep26

Five ways to effectively deal with staff sickness in the workplace

  Gemma Harding, Head of Corporates Services at CALLCARE   We all know that days off due to sickness and injury can create problems with meeting deadlines and schedules, maintaining morale, delivering high levels of service and maintaining productivity.     Yet the latest Office of National Statistics figures tell us that on average in 2016 there were just 4.3 days lost per worker due to sickness or injury in the...

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Businesses brace themselves for the flu season
Sep15

Businesses brace themselves for the flu season

·         Businesses offering employees flu jab vouchers up 353% rise in five years ·         Illnesses such as flu account for 34 million lost working days in 2016 ·         Bupa’s nurses set up on-site clinics so employees can be vaccinated at work ·         Bupa UK’s Medical Director, Dr Steve Iley explains why it’s important to get vaccinated this winter Bupa has seen a significant increase in the number of employers looking to...

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Workers believe UK business is under pressure to top up NHS care
Sep08

Workers believe UK business is under pressure to top up NHS care

Almost half (48%) of UK workers believe their employers are increasingly expected to provide for the health of staff in order to top up NHS services, research has found. The study of 1,123 workers by Willis Towers Watson found opinion is strongest among younger workers, with 58% of 18 to 34-year-olds believing businesses are being asked to shoulder more of the health burden, compared to 42% of those aged over 35. Over recent years,...

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Half a million workers now covered by TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, as Royal Mail signs up
Sep07

Half a million workers now covered by TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, as Royal Mail signs up

Over half a million workers are now covered by the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, which guarantees rights for workers facing a terminal diagnosis. The milestone was reached as Royal Mail Group signed the charter today (Wednesday,). Royal Mail joins fifty other employers who have signed the charter, including Santander, Legal and General, the Co-op, universities, local authorities, and various public bodies. Energy company E.ON was the...

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Communicate mental wellbeing benefits of group risk to all employees, ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)
Sep06

Communicate mental wellbeing benefits of group risk to all employees, ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)

Rates of female suicide in the UK are at their highest in a decade, up 3.8%* on last year, nonetheless, men are three times more likely to commit suicide. GRiD is urging employers to ensure they communicate the mental wellbeing support available via group risk products to all employees. In addition, the organisation suggests that HR teams should ensure that they too know how to access the support available from their group risk...

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We need to talk about Mental Health in the Workplace
Aug23

We need to talk about Mental Health in the Workplace

By Liam Butler, VP, Corporate Sales, SumTotal, EMEA Over the past number of years we have made strides in moving discussions around mental health into the public arena and consequently have, to some degree, ameliorated the stigma surrounding what is a highly complex and sensitive subject. So when I read about Olark employee Madalyn Parker, and her very bold and brave decision to explain her absence from work, I felt it was an issue we...

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The minefield of employee sickness and calling their bluff
Aug17

The minefield of employee sickness and calling their bluff

For most growing businesses, employee sickness is a frustrating blot on their copybook. After all, it causes precious time and wages to go down the drain. As businesses expand and the necessity for an HR department develops, it’s important that employees are monitored professionally so that they don’t take advantage of their boss and influence the business’ direction. As an HR officer, employee sickness can be one of the biggest...

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UK sickness absence on the rise, warns Xpert HR
Aug17

UK sickness absence on the rise, warns Xpert HR

UK Employers are losing a median 2.9% of their working time to employee absence, according to a new report from HR website XpertHR. This equates to 6.6 days per employee, and represents an increase on the figures for previous years. The findings are based on absence for the 2016 calendar year at 631 organisations. The survey highlights the difference in absence rates between different sectors of the economy. Within the public sector,...

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How good managers can improve mental health in the workplace
Aug16

How good managers can improve mental health in the workplace

As mental illness at work is becoming a growing concern for employers, AXA PPP healthcare share strategies to help employers identify symptoms of mental health issues, and the steps they can take in their workplaces to reduce stress levels and improve the mental wellbeing of their staff. Mental health problems are increasingly impacting the workplace, with one in four people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year. This...

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RedArc boss warns of ‘Trio of troubles’ hitting staff with mental health issues
Aug15

RedArc boss warns of ‘Trio of troubles’ hitting staff with mental health issues

As many as seventy-seven per cent of UK employees have experienced a mental health issue at some point. However, it seems that the problems compound.  Those experiencing mental health problems tend to be burdened by worries and concerns in three key areas (in addition to the root cause of their problem): work & finances, personal problems and finding their way around the NHS for the right treatment, making it harder for employers...

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Staff taking sickies due to ‘bad bosses’ creating stress and anxiety
Aug15

Staff taking sickies due to ‘bad bosses’ creating stress and anxiety

  New research by CABA – the charity that supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants, has found that poor management is creating sickness absence, as well as contributing to poor productivity, poor mental health and high staff turnover. The research found that employees were being forced to take drastic action to stop their workplaces having an adverse effect on their wellbeing.   58% suffering stress, anxiety or...

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