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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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A quarter of UK workers say they would have to be hospitalised before they took a sick day
Oct09

A quarter of UK workers say they would have to be hospitalised before they took a sick day

· A quarter (23%), or 7 million UK workers, wouldn’t take a sick day unless they were hospitalised or had no other choice · Overall, nine in ten (89%) workers say they have gone into work when feeling ill – suggesting employers need to do more to discourage Presenteeism · Nearly half (47%) of employees would come into work with a stomach bug · High workloads (34%) and financial concerns (22%) fuel this trend · Almost a fifth (17%) of...

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World Mental Health Day
Oct04

World Mental Health Day

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England comment on the Mental Health at Work Report 2017 ahead of World Mental Health Day The charity Business in the Community, in partnership with MHFA England, Mind and others, will be releasing its second Mental Health at Work Report 2017 on 4 October 2017. Based on a YouGov survey of 3,006 full and part time employees, the report is a comprehensive assessment of attitudes towards workplace mental...

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5.8 million UK workers have gone into work when feeling mentally unwell
Sep28

5.8 million UK workers have gone into work when feeling mentally unwell

  Nearly a fifth (18%) of respondents say they’ve gone into work when feeling mentally unwell – equivalent to 5.8 million British workers1 One in five (19%) would be more likely to go into work if mentally ill than physically ill Only 20% of respondents would take time off for a stress-related illness A fifth (20%) would be embarrassed to tell colleagues they were off for a mental health problem and 13% would worry about their...

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Five ways to effectively deal with staff sickness in the workplace
Sep26

Five ways to effectively deal with staff sickness in the workplace

  Gemma Harding, Head of Corporates Services at CALLCARE   We all know that days off due to sickness and injury can create problems with meeting deadlines and schedules, maintaining morale, delivering high levels of service and maintaining productivity.     Yet the latest Office of National Statistics figures tell us that on average in 2016 there were just 4.3 days lost per worker due to sickness or injury in the...

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Businesses brace themselves for the flu season
Sep15

Businesses brace themselves for the flu season

·         Businesses offering employees flu jab vouchers up 353% rise in five years ·         Illnesses such as flu account for 34 million lost working days in 2016 ·         Bupa’s nurses set up on-site clinics so employees can be vaccinated at work ·         Bupa UK’s Medical Director, Dr Steve Iley explains why it’s important to get vaccinated this winter Bupa has seen a significant increase in the number of employers looking to...

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Workers believe UK business is under pressure to top up NHS care
Sep08

Workers believe UK business is under pressure to top up NHS care

Almost half (48%) of UK workers believe their employers are increasingly expected to provide for the health of staff in order to top up NHS services, research has found. The study of 1,123 workers by Willis Towers Watson found opinion is strongest among younger workers, with 58% of 18 to 34-year-olds believing businesses are being asked to shoulder more of the health burden, compared to 42% of those aged over 35. Over recent years,...

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Half a million workers now covered by TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, as Royal Mail signs up
Sep07

Half a million workers now covered by TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, as Royal Mail signs up

Over half a million workers are now covered by the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, which guarantees rights for workers facing a terminal diagnosis. The milestone was reached as Royal Mail Group signed the charter today (Wednesday,). Royal Mail joins fifty other employers who have signed the charter, including Santander, Legal and General, the Co-op, universities, local authorities, and various public bodies. Energy company E.ON was the...

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Communicate mental wellbeing benefits of group risk to all employees, ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)
Sep06

Communicate mental wellbeing benefits of group risk to all employees, ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)

Rates of female suicide in the UK are at their highest in a decade, up 3.8%* on last year, nonetheless, men are three times more likely to commit suicide. GRiD is urging employers to ensure they communicate the mental wellbeing support available via group risk products to all employees. In addition, the organisation suggests that HR teams should ensure that they too know how to access the support available from their group risk...

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We need to talk about Mental Health in the Workplace
Aug23

We need to talk about Mental Health in the Workplace

By Liam Butler, VP, Corporate Sales, SumTotal, EMEA Over the past number of years we have made strides in moving discussions around mental health into the public arena and consequently have, to some degree, ameliorated the stigma surrounding what is a highly complex and sensitive subject. So when I read about Olark employee Madalyn Parker, and her very bold and brave decision to explain her absence from work, I felt it was an issue we...

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