Isn’t it time ‘corporate stigma’ got therapy instead of people?
Apr10

Isn’t it time ‘corporate stigma’ got therapy instead of people?

Guest blog by Andrew Tamplin, Canna Consulting “I’m having a meltdown” – when it’s more than a metaphor Those of us who’ve worked in the corporate world are used to hearing terms related to mental health being thrown around – usually to describe nothing more than a bad day at the office. How many of us have used terms like … “I’m having a meltdown”, “I’m...

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Why microdosing is a worrying trend, and how HR can protect the business from it’s effects
Apr10

Why microdosing is a worrying trend, and how HR can protect the business from it’s effects

According to Wikipedia, Microdosing (or micro-dosing) is a technique for studying the behaviour of drugs in humans through the administration of doses so low (“sub-therapeutic”) they are unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow the cellular response to be studied. Unfortunately, it seems to be emerging as the latest trend as some professionals take a ‘little something’ to start the day....

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What really works in workplace wellness
Apr06

What really works in workplace wellness

An international review of evidence on workplace learning shows workplace training specifically designed to improve wellbeing is effective. Majority of techniques had a positive impact The study, from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, reveals that regardless of what kind of training is used, the majority of techniques had a positive impact: from mindfulness to problem solving, life skills to happiness.   Training to improve...

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How to spot a stressed employee, and what to do next
Apr06

How to spot a stressed employee, and what to do next

In 2015/16, there were more than 480,000 reported cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the UK. According to HSE, this equated to 11.7 million working days being lost as a result. According to a report by employee benefits specialists Unum and Mental Health Foundation, Added Value: Mental health as a workplace asset, 73% of respondents had been through times at work where they felt stressed, overwhelmed or had trouble...

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Flexibility in absence management with the Bradford Factor
Apr04

Flexibility in absence management with the Bradford Factor

While most HR Managers understand the purpose of the Bradford Factor scale, many employees don’t.   Employees often think that there are ‘hard and fast’ Bradford Factor rules that apply to every company, and they often ask whether or not the Bradford Factor is legal, and what the ‘legal rules’ are surrounding its use.  One of the most common searches on Google is ‘Bradford Factor rules’....

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Stress awareness month: 488,000 cases of stress, anxiety & depression hit UK workforces last year, how can employers help?
Apr03

Stress awareness month: 488,000 cases of stress, anxiety & depression hit UK workforces last year, how can employers help?

Stress Awareness Month, which takes place in April, aims to raise awareness of stress, anxiety and depression and also to correct misconceptions and teach coping strategies to help sufferers both in and out of the workplace. It seems that raising awareness of the impact of stress is long overdue. A report conducted by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that there were 488,000 cases of work-related anxiety and depression in...

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Can you identify your riskiest employees?
Mar30

Can you identify your riskiest employees?

Andy Shettle, Chief Product Officer, Software Europe There are many reasons why employees pose a risk to a business. Those employees with points on their driving licence and who drive for work purposes will likely pose more of a risk to a business than others, there are the employees who are regularly absent from work, or those that have been taken through disciplinary proceedings too, are all risks to a business. But what about the...

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As Ferdinand opens his heart to the Nation, how can employers support staff through bereavement?
Mar29

As Ferdinand opens his heart to the Nation, how can employers support staff through bereavement?

Last Rio Ferdinand opened his heart in a BBC documentary ‘Being Mum And Dad’, which aired on Tuesday night (28 March) and is available to watch on i-player. Ferdinand has received widespread praise for his courage and brutal honesty. The documentary explored how to cope with grief and heard how Rio deals with the aftermath of his wife Rebecca’s death.  He also spoke about how he helps the couple’s three young children, Lorenz, 10,...

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UK workers increasingly value health cash plans over other benefits, finds annual index
Mar28

UK workers increasingly value health cash plans over other benefits, finds annual index

Health cash plans have become the second most popular benefit in the country behind contributory pensions, according to the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Index. The annual index, which explores worker attitudes to employee benefits, found that 12% of respondents valued health cash plans the most – two-thirds (66%) of whom earn less than the national average salary. The results see cash plans leapfrog both...

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First week of Spring sees soar in sickness absence
Mar27

First week of Spring sees soar in sickness absence

A combination of beautiful weather, the clocks going forward and last night’s England match has led to an increase in workplace absences today. Absence management specialist the ELAS Group has seen a marked difference in the number of people calling in sick today when compared to the last couple of Mondays.  As of 10am today, their data shows more people have called in sick than did by this time on National Sickie Day, which this year...

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Are skipped lunches, overtime and lost family time risking staff burnout in SMEs?
Mar24

Are skipped lunches, overtime and lost family time risking staff burnout in SMEs?

The UK’s small and medium sized firms make up 99.9% of the UK’s private sector businesses, employ nearly 3/5 of its workforce and account for 48% of the turnover. In smaller teams, job roles tend to be less defined and employees usually really care about the company’s success. However, full-on pursuit of commercial success may be putting owners and employees of these businesses at increased risk of ill health and burnout....

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As M&S hosts mental health drop-ins in it’s cafes, how can employers create a positive mental health culture?
Mar23

As M&S hosts mental health drop-ins in it’s cafes, how can employers create a positive mental health culture?

Wellbeing expert David Price, Managing Director of Health Assured explains  how businesses can create an open workplace culture when it comes to mental health. Marks & Spencer has announced plans to host mental health drop-ins in its store cafes as part of an initiative designed to offer a space where people can talk openly with others about how they’re feeling.  The initiative is part of a partnership with comedian Ruby Wax, who...

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Bringing Humanity Back to Human Resources with Mindfulness
Mar23

Bringing Humanity Back to Human Resources with Mindfulness

Guest blog by Dana Zelicha, OBWA Take a moment to reflect on how you woke up this morning. Were you excited to start your day, or did you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or even physically ill by the amount of tasks that awaited you? On a daily basis do you chronically multitask, trying to tackle many different tasks at once but not getting much done or feeling fulfilled? If this scenario sounds familiar, you are not alone. What you are...

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Court of Appeal decision offers new employer guidance on dismissing staff for long term sickness absence
Mar22

Court of Appeal decision offers new employer guidance on dismissing staff for long term sickness absence

A teacher who was dismissed for long term sickness absence after being assaulted by a pupil has won her appeal, however the ruling has clarified how and when employers can dismiss workers for long term sickness absence.   The facts of the case Ms. O’Brien was Head of IT at an Academy in Bolton when a pupil assaulted her. Whilst not physically injured, the claimant suffered an acute stress reaction to the assault which left her...

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As workers retire later, how can businesses manage dementia in the workplace?
Mar22

As workers retire later, how can businesses manage dementia in the workplace?

An increase in older employees in the workplace, fuelled by both reduced pension pots and a desire to stay active for longer, will mean employers need to prepare to handle an uplift in age-related illnesses and diseases, according to RedArc Nurses. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, over 40,000 people in the UK are living with early onset dementia, meaning that they were diagnosed before the age of 65, and there is evidence...

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