Research reveals ‘presenteeism culture’ is making offices more sick & increasing the UK productivity gap
Apr28

Research reveals ‘presenteeism culture’ is making offices more sick & increasing the UK productivity gap

To coincide with World Day for Safety and Health at Work, global office solutions brand, Fellowes, has today launched new research urging business leaders to tackle the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ across Britain. More than half (52%) of UK workers are currently going to work when their performance is negatively affected by work-related health issues – and a third (34%) of workers have admitted they have even considered moving...

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Sacking the sick: how long should employers wait?
Apr27

Sacking the sick: how long should employers wait?

Rhian Radia, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Hodge Jones & Allen, explains the steps employers should take before dismissing employees who are on long-term sick leave. Sick employees are an expensive problem for employers. But how long do employers need to wait before deciding enough is enough and taking the drastic step of dismissing an employee for being incapable of doing their job? The recent Court of Appeal decision in...

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Concern about ‘burnout’ as study shows widespread regional pressures and poor self-esteem
Apr25

Concern about ‘burnout’ as study shows widespread regional pressures and poor self-esteem

More people in the South feel ‘burnt out’ and ‘on edge’ because of work pressures, compared with those in the North or the Midlands, according to new research* released today by Crunch Accounting. However, the overall picture of workplace stress is not encouraging, with figures showing that it affects a concerning proportion of workers across all regions. When asked about the most likely reason for potentially leaving their job, a...

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U-turn or not U-turn, that is the question
Apr20

U-turn or not U-turn, that is the question

Guest Blog by Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for Group Risk Development (GRiD) Whilst the self-employed community can breathe a sigh of relief that the recently proposed increase to their National Insurance contributions has been withdrawn, there are other changes in the offing which perhaps don’t reinforce the message that “we’re all in this together.” Employers may need to be ready to pick up the baton on behalf of their staff...

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Survey sees 55% of employers reporting an increase in mental illness at work
Apr19

Survey sees 55% of employers reporting an increase in mental illness at work

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says that its annual Benefits and Trends Survey showed 55% of employers saw an increase in the number of stress and mental health related illnesses. 72% now use data to drive wellbeing The survey also showed that while 72% of employers believed they had a key role in influencing employee health in 2015, this decreased to 67% in 2016. 58% would like a...

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Why managing absence is particularly critical for Third Sector employers
Apr19

Why managing absence is particularly critical for Third Sector employers

Guest blog by Absence management specialist Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence The ‘miracle workers’ HR Managers working in the third sector are often referred to as ‘the miracle workers’. That’s because charities face all the same challenges and responsibilities as other employers, and are subject to the same frequent rule changes and laws – and HR is expected to function exactly as it would in any...

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Home working boosted as Amazon plans to hire 5,000 home based workers in US
Apr18

Home working boosted as Amazon plans to hire 5,000 home based workers in US

Online retailer Amazon has announced massive expansion plans for 2017, including the creation of 25,000 new part-time jobs at it’s fulfilment centres and 5,000 new work from home positions. The work-from-home positions are limited to inhabitants of certain US states and will attract pay of $10 per hour. Many US employers, particularly in the tech industry are increasingly offering flexible and home working, which is a perceived...

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Data supports employer-sponsored early intervention for employee mental health conditions
Apr13

Data supports employer-sponsored early intervention for employee mental health conditions

Patient data released by RedArc Nurses strongly supports the case for employer-sponsored mental health provision for employees. The figures collated over the last five years show a huge improvement across all mental health conditions where employees have been provided with support from their team of nurses and specialist third-parties. Based on two widely-used mental health screening tools (PHQ9 and GAD7), RedArc has monitored changes...

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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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