Robey’s Blog: Making Sickness Work
Aug03

Robey’s Blog: Making Sickness Work

Our popular columnist Robey discusses the difficult question of sickness absence and how to handle it. Twice in the last week, from quite separate directions, I’ve fielded identical queries about sickness absence, which is always a sign that perhaps it’s something worth writing about here. In each case, a manager was worried about how to handle a new hire who was taking a lot of time off sick within their first few months of work. ...

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New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report
Aug03

New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report

Absence Management software specialist Activ Absence has produced their response to the 2017 Aviva Working Lives report, which showed that 7 in 10 employees have gone into the office when they were too unwell to do so. Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director for Activ Absence, said: There are many reasons why people go into work sick, ranging from financial problems to over-zealous employers who, in an attempt to curb sickness absence, have...

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Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge
Aug03

Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge

A new report has revealed that UK employees are at risk of a severe financial shock in the event of ill-health, with many being unable to pay their household bills for more than six to eight weeks. The report, from health and wellbeing provider BHSF, titled ‘A high wire with no safety net’, details the perilous state of many employee’s finances, with 37 percent admitting that they could not pay their bills in the event of ill health...

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Musculoskeletal issues dominating UK health data
Jul27

Musculoskeletal issues dominating UK health data

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says that an analysis of the private medical insurance (PMI) data of over 45,000 UK employees at four of its largest clients, shows that the highest claims are for musculoskeletal issues – almost double those for cancer related illness. In a study of reports from private medical insurers (PMI), Aon found that 31% of claims were for musculoskeletal...

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GRiD: How employers can help staff recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Jul27

GRiD: How employers can help staff recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Supporting staff through traumatic events is not often the primary reason that employers purchase group risk products or Employee Assistance Programmes. However, support services are available within many group risk policies but most are hugely under-utilised according to GRiD, the body representing the group risk industry. Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for Group Risk Development, (GRiD) explained:  “We are living in a fairly...

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Absenteeism is hitting UK SMEs where it hurts
Jul26

Absenteeism is hitting UK SMEs where it hurts

 7 in 10 SMEs say high absenteeism rates are impacting profitability almost three-quarters believe a more proactive approach to directly address staff absence could reduce it by more than 15% Absenteeism is having a big impact on profitability say UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This is according to 71% of firms questioned in a survey commissioned by HR and payroll specialist Moorepay. The research found that many UK SMEs are...

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When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider
Jul24

When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider

When a staff member gets sick, and the diagnosis turns out to be cancer, most employers are sympathetic towards the diagnosis, but it seems that the physical aspects of the disease are only one component. HR Managers need to be prepared for the emotional and mental side effects of the disease. In fact, employees living with cancer can have many different separate fears and concerns.  Research by RedArc, conducted on over 900...

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CIPD: ahead of Samaritan’s Awareness Day, what help do employers offer?
Jul21

CIPD: ahead of Samaritan’s Awareness Day, what help do employers offer?

Ahead of Samaritans’ Awareness Day on Monday 24 July, the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has found that a third (32%) of HR professionals say their organisation does not provide an employee support helpline. The survey was taken by 695 HR professionals on 19th July 2017. Commenting on the results, Rachel Suff, Employment Relations Advisers at the CIPD, said: “The Samaritans’ National Awareness Day is an...

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Should HR encourage staff to take sick days for mental health?  We ask the experts
Jul20

Should HR encourage staff to take sick days for mental health? We ask the experts

A recent response from a CEO to a worker who was taking leave for mental health reasons has recently gone viral. The story concerns an email from a worker where she told her team she was taking time off work for mental health reasons. Her CEO responded to this email thanking her for sending the message as it provided a reminder that taking time for mental health is important.   Mental health issues on the rise A recent survey...

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New data shows employee wellbeing rising up UK corporate agenda
Jul20

New data shows employee wellbeing rising up UK corporate agenda

Impact and evaluation of wellbeing also increases in large UK organisations Stress and time management programmes increase in the UK Overtime discouraged in more European and global organisations Global data from the Top Employers Institute shows that employee wellbeing in the UK has risen up the corporate agenda with 82% of many large companies consistently defining an organisation-wide total wellbeing programme in 2017, increasing...

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Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim
Jul17

Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim

An employment tribunal has awarded a woman £50,000 compensation after her former employers accused her of not doing ‘a single day’s work’ while she underwent treatment for breast cancer. Eimear Coghlan, 34, was initially treated with “sympathy and concern” by her boss, Poonam Dhawan-Leach, chief executive of The Hideaways Club in Kensington, however their professional relationship struggled when Ms. Coghlan needed to go for regular...

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First half absence rates show Blue Monday and National Sickie Day are no more
Jul14

First half absence rates show Blue Monday and National Sickie Day are no more

New statistics released by the ELAS Group show the absentee rates for the first half of 2017 – and it seems that patterns of absence are changing. 9,300 employees from 75 companies across the UK were surveyed. Whether it’s due to increased publicity or growth in the number of employers using intelligent software to monitor absences, the figures from the first half of the year show that National Sickie Day and Blue Monday...

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Ten Tips on avoiding office burnout
Jul13

Ten Tips on avoiding office burnout

A growing business can often mean heavier workloads, added responsibility and increased pressure. Jackie Furey, Director of workplace consultancy, Where We Work, offers ten tips on how to be positive, productive, energised and motivated when working within an expanding organisation. Eat Well It’s true – ‘We are what we eat!’ and research has found that food has a direct impact on cognitive performance. Just about everything we eat is...

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PwC: One in three UK employees are working with anxiety, depression or stress
Jul13

PwC: One in three UK employees are working with anxiety, depression or stress

A third of the UK workforce (34%) may have a health and wellbeing issue, with the most common being anxiety, depression and stress, according to a new PwC study. PwC surveyed 2,000 workers across the UK, from junior level through to managing directors, about their health and wellbeing at work. Nearly a quarter (23%) think their organisation does not take employee wellbeing seriously and more than half (54%) work for companies which do...

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Despite feeling guilty, UK workers reveal their worst excuses for pulling a sickie
Jul13

Despite feeling guilty, UK workers reveal their worst excuses for pulling a sickie

Over half (52.5%) of UK employees feel guilty about taking sick days, with the majority (50.6%) stating that this is because they are leaving their team in the lurch. This is according to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, which found that women feel most guilty about sick leave (60.5%). The survey received 1,300 responses from workers across the UK, finding that a further 24.1% of professionals...

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