Companies need to track absences more closely to uncover mental health issues in their workforce
Oct19

Companies need to track absences more closely to uncover mental health issues in their workforce

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day   It’s World Mental Health Day on today, 10 October.     Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how UK employers can use a range of solutions, including technology to overcome stigmas and better support staff suffering from mental health conditions. Research from health insurer BHSF found that a fifth (42%) of UK employees call in...

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Don’t neglect the mental health of expatriate workers says Punter Southall Health & Protection
Oct12

Don’t neglect the mental health of expatriate workers says Punter Southall Health & Protection

 World Mental Health Day (10th October) is an annual reminder for employers to focus on the mental health of their workforce. According to Tristan Cleaver, Managing Consultant International, Punter Southall Health and Protection, they shouldn’t neglect the mental health of their expatriate workforce, who can be more at risk from mental health issues. Expatriate mental health was the subject of a recent Wellbeing Masterclass hosted...

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Nine In Ten UK Workers Came Into Work Despite Being Ill In 2017
Oct05

Nine In Ten UK Workers Came Into Work Despite Being Ill In 2017

Presenteeism remains a pervasive problem in UK office culture, as nearly half (47%) of employees surveyed reveal they didn’t take a sick day in 2017 according to new research from Canada Life Group Insurance. While there has been a small decrease in the number of employees not taking a sick day from 2016 (54%), the tendency to come into the workplace when suffering from a minor illness persists, as nine in ten (88%) admit they go into...

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Businesses bracing for flu season
Sep21

Businesses bracing for flu season

The number of businesses looking to protect their employees from the flu is on the rise as employers help to safeguard the health of their workforce.   Last year, flu infections in the UK reached the highest levels in seven years[1], and minor illnesses such as the flu accounted for over a quarter (26.2%) of working days lost through sickness absence, adding up to over 34 million days[2].     Bupa saw a 36% rise in the number of...

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Workers at small businesses are least likely to experience stress
Sep06

Workers at small businesses are least likely to experience stress

DESPITE margins often being tighter and tensions or losses often being felt more keenly in smaller businesses, new research shows that the level of occupational stress workers feel directly correlates to the size of the company they are in. Micro businesses employing a maximum of four members of staff were less likely than those in businesses of any other size to feel work-related stress, with 45% of employees reporting this,...

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Managing staff who are ill
Jun20

Managing staff who are ill

With the recent figures showing that out of 1000 surveyed companies, 86% of observed staff attended work ill, demonstrating the importance of ensuring employees are firstly, well enough to work productively, but secondly are happy to come into work.   As a manager, CEO or team leader, overlooking employee health is vital and as staff return from illness absences’, it should be within your best interest to ensure they are healthy...

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Nine totally avoidable reasons employees don’t speak out about needing mental health support
May02

Nine totally avoidable reasons employees don’t speak out about needing mental health support

Despite many organisations now offering mental health support and improving their communications on the subject, RedArc Nurses has found there are still barriers that remain in place that cause employees to either delay seeking help or, in some cases, prevent any support being sought at all.   Christine Husbands, managing director for RedArc says:   “We speak to people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds, and we’ve found...

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DJ’s death spins spotlight back on mental health
Apr26

DJ’s death spins spotlight back on mental health

Last week’s death of superstar DJ Avicii has once again spun the spotlight back to mental health in the workplace. The 28 year old DJ had spoken about openly his health, including his struggles with anxiety and use of alcohol to help him cope with the pressures of being in the public eye. He was hospitalised for acute pancreatitis, reportedly caused by heavy drinking, and in 2016 announced his retirement from the music industry due to...

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Over Half Of Employers Don’t Meet Basic Mental Health Support Standards
Apr20

Over Half Of Employers Don’t Meet Basic Mental Health Support Standards

Coinciding with Stress Awareness Month, workplace health and wellbeing expert, Health@Work, has revealed that 57% of UK employers do not meet the basic standards when it comes to supporting their staff with mental health. The research follows a recent study by the NHS, which found that one in three ‘sick notes’ are for mental health, making it the most common reason for people to take time off work, costing businesses £10.6 billion in...

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Do businesses really care about their employees?
Nov13

Do businesses really care about their employees?

Just six per cent of employees would proactively tell their employer they are suffering from a mental health condition One in five workers believe their mental health is not a concern to their employer Less than a half of UK businesses have an official mental health or workplace wellbeing policy in place   New research by Benenden has revealed the extent to which mental health remains a taboo subject in the workplace, with only six...

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A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one
Oct30

A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one

New research reveals impact of UK’s bereavement leave provisions www.cpjfield.co.uk New research has revealed that, despite the devastating impact of bereavement, one in four Britons did not take any time off work following the death of a loved one. A further one in 10 took just a single day away from the workplace to grieve. This is according to new findings released today by family-run funeral service provider CPJ Field, which has...

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Keep quiet and carry on – The silent menace in the nation’s offices
Oct30

Keep quiet and carry on – The silent menace in the nation’s offices

A shocking amount of UK workers have little faith in their employer’s ability to support issues such as mental health, stress and anxiety, a study by CIPD course providers, DPG Plc., has found.   The study found that a worrying 85% of UK workers thought that there was a stigma attached to mental health issues and stress in the workplace. This may be the root cause for the 58% that wouldn’t be comfortable telling their manager if they...

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One third of employees have left a job because of stress
Oct30

One third of employees have left a job because of stress

  53% are afraid to show signs of stress at work   3 in 10 worry stress will make them look weak   18% fear for their career   Workload and long work hours are the biggest triggers   More than one third (36%) of the working population have left a job because of the stress it caused them, research conducted by Citation has uncovered.     Women are almost 10% more likely to leave because of stress than men, and those aged between 25 to...

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How to manage sickness absences – the key to compliance, duty of care and better business performance
Oct17

How to manage sickness absences – the key to compliance, duty of care and better business performance

Caroline Acton, Lawyer at ESP Law Ltd provides advice and guidance on how to manage sickness absence, to benefit the health of employees and the organisation alike… Sickness absence in the labour market rarely leaves the HR headlines. It is renowned as one of the UK’s most costly employment problems, which explains why so many businesses are keen to address absences before they escalate beyond control. However, with wellbeing rising...

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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 health ,...

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