Tips for helping workers combat the January blues
Jan17

Tips for helping workers combat the January blues

Blue Monday’, 17 January – billed as the most depressing day of the year – Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR stresses the importance of employers looking out for mental health issues amongst employees, after almost two years of Covid-19. Lewis says, “Although Blue Monday is unofficially seen as the most depressing day of the year, it’s a useful marker for reminding employers to keep an eye on people’s mental...

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2 in 5 employees lack confidence that their employer will prioritise staff mental health
Jan12

2 in 5 employees lack confidence that their employer will prioritise staff mental health

A new survey from Aetna International has asked global workers to rate their employer’s response to mental and physical health challenges in the workplace, to understand if corporate commitments to employee health and well-being have been put into practice over the last 12 months. Employees in four global markets (UAE, UK, US, Singapore) were asked about what their employer said, versus what they actually did, to support workplace...

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Looking after employees mental health is vital in 2022 says Activ People HR
Jan05

Looking after employees mental health is vital in 2022 says Activ People HR

A new report by GoodShape[i] has revealed that mental health issues were the main reason for people taking time off work this year – with people taking on average 18.8 days off.  They also highlight that over half of workers (54%) o who take two or more mental health-related absences, will go on to leave their jobs. Given these statistics, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR says it’s more important than ever for...

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Why rewarding staff is more important than ever this year
Dec09

Why rewarding staff is more important than ever this year

With more than three quarters (76.4%) of UK professionals intending to look for a new job in 2022 according to a new survey by CV-Library[i], Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR advises that rewarding staff and showing appreciation could be key to retention and has never been more important this festive season. This follows a warning from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and  KPMG[ii] in...

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Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?
Nov25

Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?

After the lifting of COVID-19 there is still reluctance by some workers to return to the office and a growing need for firms to offer flexibility in working patterns to retain and recruit staff, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR. New data from XpertHR has revealed that 97% of UK organisations have deployed some form of hybrid working, and, despite the trend for employers to call for return to a largely office-based future...

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Mental Health Issues in UK Students
Nov24

Mental Health Issues in UK Students

In the United Kingdom, 1 in every 3 university students are said to have suffered from a mental health issue for which they believe requires help from a professional. Most of these students suffer from anxiety, breakdowns, and depression. There are even students contemplating suicide, and this is worrying a lot of school administrators and health care professionals. According to the NHS, these mental health issues are not rare among...

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Two fifths of employers say men postpone health issues which causes workplace disruption
Nov24

Two fifths of employers say men postpone health issues which causes workplace disruption

Two fifths of employers (39%) say that their male employees wait until a health problem becomes severe before talking to their line manager or HR department, which in turn leads to team or workplace disruption, according to new research from Peppy, the digital health platform. Related to this is the fact that 37% of employers say that one of the main issues when trying to manage men’s health issues in the workplace is their...

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Mental health in the workplace – recognising that everyone has ‘something’
Nov22

Mental health in the workplace – recognising that everyone has ‘something’

Laura Benton, COO, Reassured Most of us know what it feels like to be stressed, with 79% of adults admitting to feeling stressed at least once a month, but, left unchecked, it can take its toll on employee wellbeing, leading to mental health problems including depression, anxiety and burnout. Campaigns like International Stress Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day offer businesses a great opportunity to kickstart conversations...

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Five ways for employers to improve men’s health and wellbeing
Nov18

Five ways for employers to improve men’s health and wellbeing

This Men’s Health Awareness month, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing is raising awareness of the growing mental and physical health risks for men and offering businesses five ways to better support men’s health and wellbeing. Research from the UK charity Men’s Health Forum highlights that one man in five dies before he reaches 65 in the UK. 75% of premature deaths from heart disease are male, 67% of men are overweight or obese...

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Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?
Nov01

Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?

After the relaxation of the rules for travel abroad last month, Thomas Cook[i] reported that half-term bookings were up by 200% and are also expecting a surge in Christmas bookings after the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said the changes would last “at least” until the beginning of 2022[ii]. Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says that managing a big rise in holiday requests, as the year comes to an end will be a major...

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Mental health concerns growing among SME workers
Oct12

Mental health concerns growing among SME workers

Results from WorkLife’s Small Business Monitor show that a third (34%) of SMEs have been approached by employees with mental wellbeing concerns since lockdown restrictions began easing in April. This is up from 26% in the Spring study.   The employee benefits platform’s analysis reveals that, overall, 93% of firms have had workers come to them with worries in recent months. After mental health concerns, troubles about personal...

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Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health
Oct08

Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health

With World Mental Health Day[i] on 10th October, Adrian Lewis Commercial Director at Activ People HR is urging businesses to be mindful of their employees’ mental wellbeing and particularly as they return to the office. A survey by McKinsey in June highlighted that whilst many people welcome the return to on-site work, one-third said their return to work has had a negative impact on their mental health. Also, almost half of those who...

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Overcoming the return to the office challenges
Oct05

Overcoming the return to the office challenges

This September saw large numbers of employees finally heading head back to the office, and now employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice in the long term, says Adrian Lewis from Activ People HR. Recent research from LifeSearch highlighted that  44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with...

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A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work
Sep09

A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work

As workers head back to the office after the summer holidays, many employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice long term, says Adrian Lewis from Active Absence. According to recent research by LifeSearch, 44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with 46% saying they would rather be full-time...

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Stress management classes and wellbeing coaching no help at improving workers’ mental health
Sep01

Stress management classes and wellbeing coaching no help at improving workers’ mental health

Employers’ initiatives to help workers cope with their jobs are no help at reducing stress, a new study has found. Classes for stress management, relaxation and mindfulness are “not satisfactory” for solving issues of worker wellbeing, the research says. William Fleming, of the University of Cambridge, analysed data on 26,471 employees in 128 UK organisations, including NHS trusts, to reveal the effects of various management...

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