How good employers can offer staff a flu-free Christmas
Nov16

How good employers can offer staff a flu-free Christmas

  Anyone who has ever experienced true influenza or ‘flu’ will understand just how debilitating it can be. But effects of flu extend further than an individual – employers are often also left counting the cost of staff being off sick for extended periods of time.   It is estimated that the flu costs UK businesses in the region of 7.6 million working days – worth a whopping £1.35 billion to the UK economy.   A growing...

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Study Reveals Shift In HR Priorities Surrounding Employee Retention
Oct23

Study Reveals Shift In HR Priorities Surrounding Employee Retention

Employee engagement has been named as a priority for 94% of HR professionals over the coming year, a study from HR technology specialist, Access Group, has revealed.   Seen as a key weapon in the fight for top talent, more companies are now recognising the importance of wellbeing in the workplace. Three-quarters of respondents said their company now had, or was planning to roll out, a wellbeing strategy this year – an increase of...

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Only 24% of ‘working carers’ receive full support from their employer, new Eldercare research reveals
Sep21

Only 24% of ‘working carers’ receive full support from their employer, new Eldercare research reveals

New study shows the impact of elderly relatives on working professionals Eldercare – a provider of elderly care support, today releases new research revealing the mental, physical and professional strain that juggling a job with caring for an elderly relative is having on the UK’s workforce.   The ‘Invisible Carers’ research of over 2,000 working carers shows that less than a quarter (24%) of those caring for an elderly relative...

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Men are more at risk of being injured at work than women
Sep12

Men are more at risk of being injured at work than women

Almost two-thirds of men are being put in danger at work by poor health and safety procedures, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 employees, which was conducted by award-winning data capture app provider, WorkMobile, found that 61% have not received any information on their company’s health and safety policies, despite the majority of men having more hazardous jobs. Over half (54%) of male respondents work in a hazardous...

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Advertised salaries hit three-year low
Sep07

Advertised salaries hit three-year low

Average advertised salaries (£32,199) are at their lowest level since April 2014 (£32,185) Vacancy surge continues – availability of roles increases 6.6% annually to 1,231,552 Southampton becomes one of the best cities to find a job – as competition per jobseekers per vacancy lowers to 0.12 Graduate salaries are up 3.6% from 2016 as latest school leavers collect their A-level results Gig economy continues to thrive despite Taylor...

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Migraine management – taking control of your condition
Sep07

Migraine management – taking control of your condition

Migraines are the most prevalent long-term neurological condition in the UK, with up to 8 million people affected. It can be a very debilitating condition, and the most common type of headache that people see a doctor for. The cause is not fully understood. However, researchers have found migraines to run in families, with one study discovering that people with three or more close relatives with a seizure disorder were more than twice...

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Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend
Sep01

Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend

Research shows 65 per cent of UK office workers have to work at the weekend to get the job done Office workers could earn an extra £3,359 per year on average if paid for weekend work Over a quarter of weekend workers have worked almost a full day (5-8 hours) on a Saturday 9% have pretended they had worked at the weekend when they hadn’t Full-time office employees are finding that their precious weekends are becoming the ‘workend’,...

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Forget walking into the abyss, working Brits are sitting…
Aug31

Forget walking into the abyss, working Brits are sitting…

Brits who sit for some or most of their working day are piling up an average daily sit-time of nine hours, according to new research into people’s sedentary habits from AXA PPP healthcare. The poll of 2000 workers found that, while nearly half (46 per cent) sit at work for 4 to 6 hours per day, 1 in 4 (25 per cent) notch up 7 to 8 hours daily. Sitting eats into people’s travel time too, with 29 per cent seat-bound for up to half an...

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Benefits company share how the UK pictures happiness
Aug24

Benefits company share how the UK pictures happiness

Leading benefits consultancy, Barnett Waddingham, challenged the UK to put their photography skills to the test and capture their ultimate happiness in one image. Picture Happiness photographic competition forms part of a social study to find out what represents Eudaimonia (overall happiness) in the UK. People from across the country shared their favourite photographs of personal happiness and four winners fought off worthy...

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From floods to moving home, group risk is quietly helping employees and employers in unexpected ways
Aug16

From floods to moving home, group risk is quietly helping employees and employers in unexpected ways

Group risk, the suite of employer-sponsored insurance products designed to offer employees financial protection, is often considered an employee benefits staple but rarely exciting or ground-breaking, and commonly associated with large, unfortunate life events. However, many group risk products have superb in-built support services which can be massively beneficial to both staff and managers – if they know where to look and how...

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Could standing desks improve employee health?
Aug15

Could standing desks improve employee health?

Viviane Carter from CSI Products, explains why UK employees could benefit from standing desks and anti-fatigue mats, already popular abroad. Many employees spend long days sitting in offices, only taking short and irregular breaks to stand when walking to the photocopier, the kitchen or the toilet. Many workers may find themselves sitting down for hours with little movement all day. Many employers and employees are now aware of the...

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Staff taking sickies due to ‘bad bosses’ creating stress and anxiety
Aug15

Staff taking sickies due to ‘bad bosses’ creating stress and anxiety

  New research by CABA – the charity that supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants, has found that poor management is creating sickness absence, as well as contributing to poor productivity, poor mental health and high staff turnover. The research found that employees were being forced to take drastic action to stop their workplaces having an adverse effect on their wellbeing.   58% suffering stress, anxiety or...

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Why employers need to communicate eyecare benefits to staff
Aug10

Why employers need to communicate eyecare benefits to staff

Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, explains why employer-funded eyecare offers healthcare benefits that extend beyond eyesight protection.  Statutory Eyecare Obligations For HR professionals, the requirements to provide company-funded eyecare should be well known. There are employer obligations for screen users, drivers and those needing safety eyewear. There are, however, many other reasons...

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How can employers maximise workspace for employee well-being?
Aug03

How can employers maximise workspace for employee well-being?

For most office workers who sit at desks, looking at computer screens for long periods of time and sitting for just as long does not bode well for general health. While all this time is spent sitting at the desk, the worker has no opportunity to exercise, and as a result their general health can suffer. This is met with an environment that is rife with unhealthy foods, such as biscuits in the office or the option of nearby fast food...

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Union warns summer flight schedule leading to dangerous fatigue & burnout for airline pilots
Aug02

Union warns summer flight schedule leading to dangerous fatigue & burnout for airline pilots

As HR Managers in most UK industries battle their annual summer challenges, like staff leave clashes, talent shortages and absenteeism as staff enjoy traditional summer holidays, HR managers in the travel industry are facing their own, specific set of challenges. Pilot’s union British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has warned that as the UK is setting new records for air traffic, the risks to both pilot wellbeing and...

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