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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How businesses can address rising absenteeism resulting from the mental health impact of lockdown
May14

How businesses can address rising absenteeism resulting from the mental health impact of lockdown

New research[i] highlights concerns that home working is causing a rise in employee burnout and ‘e-presenteeism’, with almost three in five (58 per cent) HR managers fearing losing staff to sick leave as a result of the mental health impacts of working in lockdown. The research, conducted by Mental Health Foundation and LinkedIn amongst HR professionals, found that more than half (54 per cent) said that mental health issues such as...

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How technology can help ease the pressure on HR professionals during the Coronavirus pandemic
Apr17

How technology can help ease the pressure on HR professionals during the Coronavirus pandemic

A recent survey from XpertHR found a fifth of HR professionals’ time is spent on administrative tasks[i]. This is likely to have increased significantly due to the Coronavirus. New Government measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus, including the Job Retention Scheme; employees working from home where possible and new rules on carrying over annual leave entitlement for the next two leave years[ii], are significantly adding to the...

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How businesses can manage flexible working at scale
Mar17

How businesses can manage flexible working at scale

As the Covid-19 situation continues to escalate many UK companies are having to quickly implement flexible and work from home policies. However, many companies are unprepared for flexible working on this scale. A recent whitepaper from global recruiter Robert Walters, A Smart Workplace for the Workforce of the Future found that 48% of businesses in the UK are not set up to be able to accommodate employees working from home[i]. Recent...

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‘Self-isolation’ – what it means and its impact for employers and their employees’ rights
Feb27

‘Self-isolation’ – what it means and its impact for employers and their employees’ rights

Up until a week ago many of us had probably never heard the term ‘self-isolation’. Today, however, not a day goes by without us being aware of people who have been asked or chosen to isolate themselves in order to try and minimise the spread of the Corona virus. What impact does this have on workers’ rights and their pay?  Bethan Mack, Solicitor at DAS Law has the answers. As an employer, can I refuse to pay the salary of an...

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Poor mental health, hangovers and laziness – the top ‘sickie’ excuses costing businesses money
Feb03

Poor mental health, hangovers and laziness – the top ‘sickie’ excuses costing businesses money

On National Sickie Day[i], the first Monday of February which according to statistics is the day when most ‘sickies’ are pulled, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence is calling on employers to track and monitor absence to avoid huge costs to their business. New research by Viking Office Supplies highlights that 56% of workers in the past year have pulled a sickie, costing UK businesses £5.6 billion[ii]. This is despite the Office...

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