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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Millennials at risk of burnout after struggling to switch off(line)
Aug10

Millennials at risk of burnout after struggling to switch off(line)

Millennials/Generation Y employees put in more than 12 hours a day – checking emails first thing in the morning and last thing at night A third (32%) continue to check work emails while on holiday The same report found over 40% feel stressed if they can’t access their emails It’s now the norm for younger workers to constantly dip into work via email in the early morning and late evening, according to new research from Bupa. ...

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Brits not taking their full holiday entitlement due to ‘time and money’, finds survey
Aug09

Brits not taking their full holiday entitlement due to ‘time and money’, finds survey

A new survey by Monarch Airlines has found that while many Brits are currently enjoying time off, more than 1 in 10 UK workers don’t use their full holiday allowance, and some off us don’t stop working even when we do! Those who don’t take their annual leave.. The airline spoke to 2000 British workers, and found 14.5% didn’t use their full allowance last year, losing an average of 4.6 days each.  Almost a fifth...

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Robey’s Blog: Making Sickness Work
Aug03

Robey’s Blog: Making Sickness Work

Our popular columnist Robey discusses the difficult question of sickness absence and how to handle it. Twice in the last week, from quite separate directions, I’ve fielded identical queries about sickness absence, which is always a sign that perhaps it’s something worth writing about here. In each case, a manager was worried about how to handle a new hire who was taking a lot of time off sick within their first few months of work. ...

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New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report
Aug03

New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report

Absence Management software specialist Activ Absence has produced their response to the 2017 Aviva Working Lives report, which showed that 7 in 10 employees have gone into the office when they were too unwell to do so. Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director for Activ Absence, said: There are many reasons why people go into work sick, ranging from financial problems to over-zealous employers who, in an attempt to curb sickness absence, have...

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Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge
Aug03

Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge

A new report has revealed that UK employees are at risk of a severe financial shock in the event of ill-health, with many being unable to pay their household bills for more than six to eight weeks. The report, from health and wellbeing provider BHSF, titled ‘A high wire with no safety net’, details the perilous state of many employee’s finances, with 37 percent admitting that they could not pay their bills in the event of ill health...

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Musculoskeletal issues dominating UK health data
Jul27

Musculoskeletal issues dominating UK health data

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says that an analysis of the private medical insurance (PMI) data of over 45,000 UK employees at four of its largest clients, shows that the highest claims are for musculoskeletal issues – almost double those for cancer related illness. In a study of reports from private medical insurers (PMI), Aon found that 31% of claims were for musculoskeletal...

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GRiD: How employers can help staff recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Jul27

GRiD: How employers can help staff recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Supporting staff through traumatic events is not often the primary reason that employers purchase group risk products or Employee Assistance Programmes. However, support services are available within many group risk policies but most are hugely under-utilised according to GRiD, the body representing the group risk industry. Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for Group Risk Development, (GRiD) explained:  “We are living in a fairly...

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Absenteeism is hitting UK SMEs where it hurts
Jul26

Absenteeism is hitting UK SMEs where it hurts

 7 in 10 SMEs say high absenteeism rates are impacting profitability almost three-quarters believe a more proactive approach to directly address staff absence could reduce it by more than 15% Absenteeism is having a big impact on profitability say UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This is according to 71% of firms questioned in a survey commissioned by HR and payroll specialist Moorepay. The research found that many UK SMEs are...

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When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider
Jul24

When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider

When a staff member gets sick, and the diagnosis turns out to be cancer, most employers are sympathetic towards the diagnosis, but it seems that the physical aspects of the disease are only one component. HR Managers need to be prepared for the emotional and mental side effects of the disease. In fact, employees living with cancer can have many different separate fears and concerns.  Research by RedArc, conducted on over 900...

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CIPD: ahead of Samaritan’s Awareness Day, what help do employers offer?
Jul21

CIPD: ahead of Samaritan’s Awareness Day, what help do employers offer?

Ahead of Samaritans’ Awareness Day on Monday 24 July, the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has found that a third (32%) of HR professionals say their organisation does not provide an employee support helpline. The survey was taken by 695 HR professionals on 19th July 2017. Commenting on the results, Rachel Suff, Employment Relations Advisers at the CIPD, said: “The Samaritans’ National Awareness Day is an...

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