Relax workplace dress codes during this week’s heatwave, says TUC
Jun19

Relax workplace dress codes during this week’s heatwave, says TUC

With temperatures set to hit over 30 degrees centigrade in parts of the UK this week, the TUC is calling on employers to temporarily relax their workplace dress codes so staff can work through the heatwave as comfortably as possible. Where people are working outdoors, employers should consider reviewing working times so that, where possible, work is done in the morning and afternoon, rather than around midday when temperatures are...

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RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads
Jun16

RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads

Men are less likely to seek medical help for mental health problems and also less likely to disclose mental health problems to friends and family, despite a third of fathers saying they regularly felt burnt out, and so this Father’s Day, RedArc is calling for employers to do more to support dads in the workplace. RedArc knows that alongside the excitement of becoming a new parent, the responsibility can lay heavily on the shoulders of...

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61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD
Jun12

61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD

Employer research conducted by group risk industry body GRiD shows that caring issues are becoming a major cause of workforce absence. Home and family issues (which are often related to caring issues or the breakdown of care arrangements), plus more specific issues with providing elder and child care are resulting in absence from work and lost productivity. For 61% of employers these issues are a main cause of short-term absence (less...

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Online Workplace Stress Summit sees 18 HR & Stress experts coming together to discuss mental health strategy
Jun12

Online Workplace Stress Summit sees 18 HR & Stress experts coming together to discuss mental health strategy

A free 2-day online summit event enabled by Cardiff-based trainer Simon Michaels brings together 18 great speakers to consider the scale of the problem of work-related stress, and some approaches to dealing with it. Keynote address is by Sir Cary Cooper, president of CIPD and a professor at Manchester Business School.  He is really worried about the effects of Brexit on an already over-stressed economy, and considers that workplace...

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How employers can support staff when pregnancies don’t go to plan
Jun08

How employers can support staff when pregnancies don’t go to plan

Whilst there is often much discussion about maternity and paternity rights at work, in contrast, pregnancies not going to plan is almost a ‘taboo’ subject – but very much worth discussing.  Christine Husbands, managing director, RedArc Nurses, discusses how employers can best support employees through this traumatic and difficult situation. The news that a new baby is expected can be one of the most joyful things in...

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Employers must improve accessibility for stroke survivors as workforce ages
May31

Employers must improve accessibility for stroke survivors as workforce ages

During National Stroke Survival Month, HR and diversity experts are calling for employers to learn how to adequately support staff who have suffered strokes.   Research from Kings College London has found that number of strokes in UK is predicted to rise by 44% in the next 20 years as a result of the ageing population. Survival rates are subsequently expected to increase by a third thanks to medical advancements – which...

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Midday office slump? You aren’t alone, say researchers
May30

Midday office slump? You aren’t alone, say researchers

If you suffer from a mid-afternoon lull in performance, with tiredness and an accompanying drop in productivity, you aren’t alone. A recent study from Get More Vitamin Drinks found that 2.22pm is the time when most workers ‘hit the wall’ – so is there any science behind the struggle? Francesca Bennet, health and wellbeing programme manager at AXA PPP healthcare, explains: “If you’re lacking in energy and...

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Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather
May26

Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather

Hot sunny weather can hit productivity and sickness absence. We asked absence management expert Adrian Lewis from welsh HR software firm Activ Absence for his tips on keeping staff engaged when the temperature goes up. Adrian  says: “The good weather can impact on productivity and sickness absence – but it doesn’t have to. “Effective planning, good preparation and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ a bit...

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GRiD: Employers should make better use of group risk benefits to support mental health
May18

GRiD: Employers should make better use of group risk benefits to support mental health

Claims for mental illness are nearly as prevalent as for cancer under employer-sponsored group income protection policies, however Group Risk Development (GRiD) believes that employers are missing a trick by not also taking full advantage of the mental health support which is often included with group risk products (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness). There are several ways that employers may be...

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Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’
May18

Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’

New analysis from HR and diversity consultancy, the Clear Company, has revealed that HR professionals will, on average, oversee 15 staff with mental health conditions each year. Furthermore, the UK Workplace Wellbeing Survey identified mental health in the workplace as the second biggest challenge facing employers in the next five years, with respondents stating that 26% of workplace absences were down to psychological conditions....

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Why employers should encourage staff to use EAP and counselling services
May17

Why employers should encourage staff to use EAP and counselling services

In recent weeks, mental health has been high on the news agenda. The ‘Heads Together’ campaign, spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, followed by the recent Mental Health Awareness Week has placed the issue of our national mental health firmly in the spotlight.   A report from the CIPD  showed that the number of people that have experienced mental health problems at work has grown from a quarter to a...

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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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