Small Business, Big Stress
Mar07

Small Business, Big Stress

New research reports soaring stress levels among UK’s small businesses Heavy workloads and economic uncertainty underpin the stress of running an SMB 48 per cent of SMBs do not do enough to promote mental health policies to their employees Small business stress is causing sleepless nights (41 per cent), more alcohol consumption (21 per cent) and arguments at home (13 per cent) 29 per cent of SMB owners say their business can adapt to...

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It’s Time to Talk
Feb07

It’s Time to Talk

Mental health is an issue that is gripping our nation and despite its widespread notoriety, it seems employers aren’t doing enough to support their staff. Data from Personal Group, a provider of employee services in the UK, has shown that 39% of employees state that their workplace does not offer any kind of mental health support, which shows a total disregard by employers to this rising epidemic. This corporate apathy felt by...

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National Sickie Day is a reminder to Employers to tackle employee absence management issues
Feb04

National Sickie Day is a reminder to Employers to tackle employee absence management issues

Employment law experts the ELAS Group first identified this day in 2011, when it estimated up to 350,000 would call in sick on the first Monday in February, however, they now say it is officially no longer a threat to employers. Today has been dubbed, ‘National Sickie Day’ with UK employers are braced for employees to call in sick, as it is more likely today than any other day of the year. Employment law experts, the ELAS Group, who...

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More than two thirds of students and graduates say they are not completely mentally healthy, according to new survey from CMHA
Jan21

More than two thirds of students and graduates say they are not completely mentally healthy, according to new survey from CMHA

A new report from the City Mental Health Alliance(CMHA) has revealed worrying stats about the mental health of students and graduates in the UK. CMHA, an alliance of 24 City businesses which aim to create mentally healthy workplaces, has identified the need for business to do more to support early careers job seekers who are entering the workforce for the first time. Of the 519 UK graduates and students surveyed planning to apply for...

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Small business owners work 17 days’ overtime per year
Jan17

Small business owners work 17 days’ overtime per year

Small business owners in the UK work an average of 2,366 hours per year in order to make their business a success, compared to 1,950 for an average UK employee, according to new research* by Opus Energy. The research found that on average, SME owners work 45.5 hours per week, and that more than half (56%) work either six or seven days per week. If a full-time working week is recognised as being 37.5 hours, this means that the average...

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39% of employees state that their workplaces do not offer any kind of mental health support, survey shows
Jan03

39% of employees state that their workplaces do not offer any kind of mental health support, survey shows

Results unveiled by Personal Group show that three quarters of employees don’t think their workplace offers enough mental health support Shocking new research released today by Persona lGroup, the technology-enabled employee services business, shows that despite a broader mainstream awareness of mental health, not enough support is given to employees suffering in the workplace. A startling 39% of those surveyed said their workplace...

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Recruitment firm boss reveals why flexible working could be the key to reducing stress of daily commute
Dec18

Recruitment firm boss reveals why flexible working could be the key to reducing stress of daily commute

The founder and CEO of temporary jobs specialist RedWigWam speaks out as new research reveals the time it takes people to get to and from work is on the rise The daily commute has increased over the past decade, according to new analysis. Research from the TUC has found that travel times to and from work are now five minutes longer than in 2007.* Rail commuters face the longest journeys, taking an average of two hours and 11 minutes...

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Tips for SMEs to improve mental health
Nov16

Tips for SMEs to improve mental health

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence – absence management software company.   Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Abesnce says,   “With more focus on rising mental health issues in many UK companies, many employers are looking at ways to improve mental wellbeing but often employers don’t know where to start.”   “One cost effective solution is to use technology to track short and long-term absences and...

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International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with...

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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...

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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...

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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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