Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism
May16

Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism

The fourth edition of the Aviva Working Lives Report, released today, shows shockingly that seven in ten UK employees – equivalent to 18 million nationally – have gone to work unwell when they should have taken the day off.   In contrast, less than a quarter (23%) say they have taken a day off work sick when they were not actually unwell, indicating that UK employees are three times more likely to go to work unwell than they are...

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Mental wellbeing is an increasing priority for UK employers
May11

Mental wellbeing is an increasing priority for UK employers

The CIPD, recently found that the number of people that have experienced mental health problems, while in employment, has grown from a quarter to a third over the last five years. And, according to Punter Southall Health and Protection, a growing number of employers are now tackling mental health challenges by introducing wellbeing strategies focused on improving their workforce mental wellbeing. Marking Mental Health Awareness Week...

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Aviva Research reveals 8 million workers hiding secret stress
May11

Aviva Research reveals 8 million workers hiding secret stress

  25% of people said they had taken a day off work with stress but blamed it on a physical illness A third of people have taken a day off because of stress at some stage of their career Money is the most common cause of stress, followed by relationships   New research from Aviva has revealed a startling number of British workers are suffering from stress – but taking steps to hide it from their employers. A quarter of...

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Rise in employees seeking help for mental illness
May11

Rise in employees seeking help for mental illness

Lifeworks say we shouldn’t be alarmed – more staff are choosing to seek support as employers encourage more openness One of the UK’s largest Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and Wellbeing providers, LifeWorks has reported that they recorded a 40 percent increase in the number of calls to its service from staff suffering from anxiety and depression last year and first quarter figures this year show a 25 percent...

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Mental Health support should be so much more than just ‘talking’, says RedArc Nurses
May11

Mental Health support should be so much more than just ‘talking’, says RedArc Nurses

Employees with mental health conditions can significantly benefit from a broad range of help that goes beyond the standard ‘talking’ therapies that are often associated with typical Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs), according to RedArc nurses. Of the referrals that RedArc receives to its personal nurse adviser service – which includes experienced registered mental health nurses – around two thirds (63%) of mental...

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Bupa: Self-help tips to manage stress and anxiety in the workplace
May11

Bupa: Self-help tips to manage stress and anxiety in the workplace

Pablo Vandenabeele, Clinical Director of Mental Health at Bupa UK, offers advice for managers and employees to combat anxiety in the workplace What employers should know The modern workforce is a diverse one and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for improving wellbeing and reducing anxiety. One in four people will suffer from mental health difficulties at some point in their life so it’s crucial that we continue to address the...

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The employer’s secret weapon: an EAP
May11

The employer’s secret weapon: an EAP

Health benefits experts Health Assured discuss EAPs and how they are helping businesses in many ways During Mental Health Awareness Week, much is being written about EAPS and how they can support employees with mental illness – but What is an EAP? EAP stands for Employee Assistance Programme, and it goes way beyond supporting staff with mental health challenges – in fact it could be an employer’s secret weapon. An...

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Employers paying a ‘productivity penalty’ for staff divorce
May11

Employers paying a ‘productivity penalty’ for staff divorce

Leading divorce expert Carol Sullivan tackles the thorny issue of divorce and the negative impact it can have on workplace productivity It’s a fact that employees are not the only ones who suffer through a divorce – businesses also bear the cost of an employee’s divorce through reduced productivity and employee absence. Divorce costs the British economy billions of pounds each year, so there is a clear correlation between...

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How to stop the black dog from becoming the elephant in the room
May11

How to stop the black dog from becoming the elephant in the room

Michelle Chance, Head of Employment Practice at Bond Dickinson LLP shares some positive strategies that can help employers effectively manage mental illness in the workplace. Prince Harry talking openly and publicly about the effect of his mother’s death on his mental health recently has done wonders for dispelling the myth that we need to have a stiff upper lip and it is inappropriate to talk openly about our emotional...

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Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues
May10

Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues

Workplace absence costs UK businesses £18 billion per year in lost productivity, according to research by Firstcare[i] and The Centre for Economic and Business, and a rising number of absences are related to stress and anxiety. According to Firstcare, the number one cause of absence from work is musculoskeletal conditions, which are often associated with stress and poor posture.  The number two cause is stress and anxiety, creating a...

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Law firm offers 6 top tips on reasonable adjustments for mental health issues
May08

Law firm offers 6 top tips on reasonable adjustments for mental health issues

As part of our series on this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Fflur Jones, Partner and Head of Employment and HR at Darwin Gray, shares her top tips on making reasonable workplace adjustments for workers who have a mental illness.   Mental health issues are becoming an increasingly talked-about topic, but it can be difficult for employers to identify, support and manage employees suffering from mental health problems....

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Surviving or Thriving? What is the Difference?
May08

Surviving or Thriving? What is the Difference?

As part of our series on Mental Health Awareness Week, Employer Advisory Service ELAS share why we need our staff to thrive, not just survive. Maya Angelou said: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.” In 2016, an estimated 15.8 million working days were lost due to mental health issues, including stress, depression and...

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Research reveals ‘presenteeism culture’ is making offices more sick & increasing the UK productivity gap
Apr28

Research reveals ‘presenteeism culture’ is making offices more sick & increasing the UK productivity gap

To coincide with World Day for Safety and Health at Work, global office solutions brand, Fellowes, has today launched new research urging business leaders to tackle the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ across Britain. More than half (52%) of UK workers are currently going to work when their performance is negatively affected by work-related health issues – and a third (34%) of workers have admitted they have even considered moving...

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Sacking the sick: how long should employers wait?
Apr27

Sacking the sick: how long should employers wait?

Rhian Radia, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Hodge Jones & Allen, explains the steps employers should take before dismissing employees who are on long-term sick leave. Sick employees are an expensive problem for employers. But how long do employers need to wait before deciding enough is enough and taking the drastic step of dismissing an employee for being incapable of doing their job? The recent Court of Appeal decision in...

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Concern about ‘burnout’ as study shows widespread regional pressures and poor self-esteem
Apr25

Concern about ‘burnout’ as study shows widespread regional pressures and poor self-esteem

More people in the South feel ‘burnt out’ and ‘on edge’ because of work pressures, compared with those in the North or the Midlands, according to new research* released today by Crunch Accounting. However, the overall picture of workplace stress is not encouraging, with figures showing that it affects a concerning proportion of workers across all regions. When asked about the most likely reason for potentially leaving their job, a...

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