Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism
May16

Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism

The fourth edition of the Aviva Working Lives Report, released today, shows shockingly that seven in ten UK employees – equivalent to 18 million nationally – have gone to work unwell when they should have taken the day off.   In contrast, less than a quarter (23%) say they have taken a day off work sick when they were not actually unwell, indicating that UK employees are three times more likely to go to work unwell than they are...

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Why consider wellness programmes? Because healthy workers deliver healthy profits
May11

Why consider wellness programmes? Because healthy workers deliver healthy profits

Mark Ward, General Manager, UL EHS Sustainability, explains why securing worker wellbeing is vital to business profitability Most people spend one-third of their adult lives in our workplaces. They do not leave health conditions at home when they go to work or leave their illnesses at work when they return home. Addressing wellness in an integrated way can help employees manage complicated health issues, improving their lives and the...

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Bupa: Self-help tips to manage stress and anxiety in the workplace
May11

Bupa: Self-help tips to manage stress and anxiety in the workplace

Pablo Vandenabeele, Clinical Director of Mental Health at Bupa UK, offers advice for managers and employees to combat anxiety in the workplace What employers should know The modern workforce is a diverse one and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for improving wellbeing and reducing anxiety. One in four people will suffer from mental health difficulties at some point in their life so it’s crucial that we continue to address the...

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Employers paying a ‘productivity penalty’ for staff divorce
May11

Employers paying a ‘productivity penalty’ for staff divorce

Leading divorce expert Carol Sullivan tackles the thorny issue of divorce and the negative impact it can have on workplace productivity It’s a fact that employees are not the only ones who suffer through a divorce – businesses also bear the cost of an employee’s divorce through reduced productivity and employee absence. Divorce costs the British economy billions of pounds each year, so there is a clear correlation between...

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Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues
May10

Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues

Workplace absence costs UK businesses £18 billion per year in lost productivity, according to research by Firstcare[i] and The Centre for Economic and Business, and a rising number of absences are related to stress and anxiety. According to Firstcare, the number one cause of absence from work is musculoskeletal conditions, which are often associated with stress and poor posture.  The number two cause is stress and anxiety, creating a...

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Surviving or Thriving? What is the Difference?
May08

Surviving or Thriving? What is the Difference?

As part of our series on Mental Health Awareness Week, Employer Advisory Service ELAS share why we need our staff to thrive, not just survive. Maya Angelou said: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.” In 2016, an estimated 15.8 million working days were lost due to mental health issues, including stress, depression and...

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Six steps to improving your posture at work
May04

Six steps to improving your posture at work

  Crossing your legs, tucking your feet under your chair and sitting in one position for longer than 30 minutes are among the bad posture habits that could be affecting your health, according to a new advice guide from HSL chairs. HSL, the leading chair specialist, worked with Occupational Therapist Julie Jennings to compile a guide on how and why it’s important that office-based workers pay attention to their posture. Poor...

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CIPD:  A third of UK employees say remote access to work means they can’t switch off
Apr27

CIPD: A third of UK employees say remote access to work means they can’t switch off

Almost a third of UK workers (32%) feel that having remote access to the workplace means they can’t switch off in their personal time, according to the latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook report. The survey of over 2,000 UK employees found that workers are divided on whether remote access to the workplace is a positive or negative development. Two-fifths of UK workers (40%) admit to actively checking their work mobile or emails at...

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Eyecare expert warns employees that ‘summer allergies’ could mask more serious problems
Apr27

Eyecare expert warns employees that ‘summer allergies’ could mask more serious problems

  Are employees across the UK potentially ignoring signs of dangerous eye conditions by misdiagnosing their own symptoms as allergies? That’s the question Specsavers is prompting employers to ask their staff during this Allergy Awareness Week (25 April to 1 May). Bloodshot, burning and swollen eyes are all symptoms of common allergies like hay fever. And with the summer months fast approaching and temperatures on the rise –...

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Why workplace posture is a pain in the neck – and how employers can help
Apr27

Why workplace posture is a pain in the neck – and how employers can help

Guest blog by Mario P., CEO, Neckstar Neck pain – we’ve all been there. After a long day at the office glaring at a computer screen, we all feel stiff and ready for a good relax. But there’s much more to the story than simply feeling like you need a good stretch to loosen up. All this sitting at desk for eight hours a day can actually be detrimental to our health and wellbeing – and even cause irreversible damage. And as much as you...

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Should workers design their role, rather than their boss?
Apr20

Should workers design their role, rather than their boss?

New research looks across the international evidence base – from an initial pool of over 4,000 studies – to reveal which practical actions in the workplace are effective for improving wellbeing and performance – and which are not. What works and what doesn’t Studies have shown that job type or industry sector are not necessarily defining factors of what makes a good job. Instead, things like how secure it is;...

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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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40% of businesses have a health & wellbeing strategy in place now
Apr18

40% of businesses have a health & wellbeing strategy in place now

With the total number of working days lost due to work related stress, depression or anxiety in Great Britain reaching 11.7 million days in 2015/16, employees’ health and wellbeing has never had such a big impact on a business’s performance. But how important is a health and wellbeing strategy for businesses? According to a recent survey by The Health Insurance Group, companies are taking health and wellbeing in the workplace much...

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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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