Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers
Jun20

Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers

It is generally understood that as an ‘at work’ activity, driving for work purposes comes within an employer’s responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act. In its latest ‘fit to drive’ campaign, road-safety charity Brake has highlighted that the organisation may be prosecuted if a crash is proven to have resulted from lack of fitness to drive and the organisation is judged to have been negligent in preventing it. Specsavers...

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Relax workplace dress codes during this week’s heatwave, says TUC
Jun19

Relax workplace dress codes during this week’s heatwave, says TUC

With temperatures set to hit over 30 degrees centigrade in parts of the UK this week, the TUC is calling on employers to temporarily relax their workplace dress codes so staff can work through the heatwave as comfortably as possible. Where people are working outdoors, employers should consider reviewing working times so that, where possible, work is done in the morning and afternoon, rather than around midday when temperatures are...

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RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads
Jun16

RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads

Men are less likely to seek medical help for mental health problems and also less likely to disclose mental health problems to friends and family, despite a third of fathers saying they regularly felt burnt out, and so this Father’s Day, RedArc is calling for employers to do more to support dads in the workplace. RedArc knows that alongside the excitement of becoming a new parent, the responsibility can lay heavily on the shoulders of...

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Is your watch watching you? Worker worries over ‘big brother’ wearables
Jun15

Is your watch watching you? Worker worries over ‘big brother’ wearables

Majority of workers (51%) in favour of workplace wearables However significant fears over ‘big brother’ surveillance and data hacks Employee wellness voted top potential benefit, not without doubts Concerns over impact on stress and mental health In an Office Genie survey of 1,000 people currently working in Britain, half (51%) believe wearables are beneficial in the workplace. And respondents in the youngest and oldest age brackets...

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Wages, workloads and friendship wars – the top causes of office conflict
Jun12

Wages, workloads and friendship wars – the top causes of office conflict

Unfair workloads and inequality between colleagues are the leading causes of workplace conflict, according to new research. A study of 1,000 UK adults in full or part-time employment – conducted by Cascade HR as part of The Conflict Report 2017 – found that differences in working hours or taking on bigger workload sizes are the biggest causes of squabbles for almost 1 in 3 (32%) UK colleagues. Gossip and rumours were the second...

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One off perks don’t make staff happier at work – but a nicer commute seems to have an impact
Jun12

One off perks don’t make staff happier at work – but a nicer commute seems to have an impact

Employers are using quick-fix perks in an attempt to boost employee morale as a result of political and economic uncertainty, a new study reveals. The study shows that more one-off benefits—such as early finishes, company drinks or team lunches—have been offered by employers in the past year. Yet for 43% of those surveyed that had received these perks they are not having a sustained impact on their happiness, prompting a call for...

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Online Workplace Stress Summit sees 18 HR & Stress experts coming together to discuss mental health strategy
Jun12

Online Workplace Stress Summit sees 18 HR & Stress experts coming together to discuss mental health strategy

A free 2-day online summit event enabled by Cardiff-based trainer Simon Michaels brings together 18 great speakers to consider the scale of the problem of work-related stress, and some approaches to dealing with it. Keynote address is by Sir Cary Cooper, president of CIPD and a professor at Manchester Business School.  He is really worried about the effects of Brexit on an already over-stressed economy, and considers that workplace...

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How employers can support staff when pregnancies don’t go to plan
Jun08

How employers can support staff when pregnancies don’t go to plan

Whilst there is often much discussion about maternity and paternity rights at work, in contrast, pregnancies not going to plan is almost a ‘taboo’ subject – but very much worth discussing.  Christine Husbands, managing director, RedArc Nurses, discusses how employers can best support employees through this traumatic and difficult situation. The news that a new baby is expected can be one of the most joyful things in...

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GMB London awarded President’s Leadership Award for Equality 2017 at GMB Congress in Plymouth
Jun08

GMB London awarded President’s Leadership Award for Equality 2017 at GMB Congress in Plymouth

GMB London has been awarded the President’s Leadership Award for Equality 2017 for the ‘Mental Health at Work Training’ project at GMB Congress today (Sunday, 4th June 2017) in Plymouth in the ‘most inspirational project for making a difference’ category. The Mental Health at Work Training project came about as a result of a motion to the GMB Regional Equality Conference asking for training for shop stewards/reps to...

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Nuffield Health launches free Wellbeing Tool to assess emotional health
Jun08

Nuffield Health launches free Wellbeing Tool to assess emotional health

Corporate and private wellness experts, Nuffield Health have created a new tool to help stressed out workers assess their emotional health. The Wellbeing Wheel lists all the elements that contribute to our overall emotional health. Plot your own wellbeing to see the areas of your life you could dedicate more time to. Looking after our emotional health is a dynamic process and can be influenced by many factors. Understanding and having...

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Shock survey finds 75% of office workers suffering work-related aches and pains
Jun06

Shock survey finds 75% of office workers suffering work-related aches and pains

It seems that office life is taking its toll on Brits, as almost three quarters of UK employees blame aches and pains on their work. The list of work-related ailments is a long one, with 43% regularly complaining of eye strain and 32% suffering with severe headaches, leading to a quarter of office staff visiting their optician in the past year. The recent survey, conducted by Printerland.co.uk, also revealed that 39% of employees in...

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New report reveals the value of occupational health to UK businesses and workers
Jun06

New report reveals the value of occupational health to UK businesses and workers

A new report from the Society of Occupational Medicine sets out the value proposition for occupational health services and the benefits of occupational health. ‘Occupational health: the value proposition’ cites evidence that shows organisations most commonly rank occupational health involvement as the most effective method for managing the problem of employee long-term absence from work. The document also reports that a...

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Are workplace drug tests reliable, as Angela Rippon tests positive for opiates from consuming poppy seed loaf?
May31

Are workplace drug tests reliable, as Angela Rippon tests positive for opiates from consuming poppy seed loaf?

Veteran BBC presenter Angela Rippon has found herself testing positive for opiates – after eating poppy seeds in a loaf of bread in the fourth series of Rip Off Britain: Food. The test result picked up the presence of opiates after she consumed poppy seed bread and a poppy seed bagel over the course of three days. The poppy seed experiment came after a contributor to the programme told how he was fired from his job at a power station...

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Growing resilient: an HR Manager’s plan
May31

Growing resilient: an HR Manager’s plan

According to AXA PPP healthcare*, half of Brits agree having a low level of resilience can adversely affect performance at work, with nearly two thirds wanting to be more resilient. Our ability to recover from setbacks and deal with change – also known as our resilience – is an essential capability for HR managers to develop. Factors that help us strengthen our resilience include optimism; the ability to stay balanced and manage...

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Employers must improve accessibility for stroke survivors as workforce ages
May31

Employers must improve accessibility for stroke survivors as workforce ages

During National Stroke Survival Month, HR and diversity experts are calling for employers to learn how to adequately support staff who have suffered strokes.   Research from Kings College London has found that number of strokes in UK is predicted to rise by 44% in the next 20 years as a result of the ageing population. Survival rates are subsequently expected to increase by a third thanks to medical advancements – which...

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