International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with over...

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Managing staff who are ill
Jun20

Managing staff who are ill

With the recent figures showing that out of 1000 surveyed companies, 86% of observed staff attended work ill, demonstrating the importance of ensuring employees are firstly, well enough to work productively, but secondly are happy to come into work.   As a manager, CEO or team leader, overlooking employee health is vital and as staff return from illness absences’, it should be within your best interest to ensure they are healthy...

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Satisfaction Over Salary – Seven Out Of Eight Working Say It’s Not All About The Money
May24

Satisfaction Over Salary – Seven Out Of Eight Working Say It’s Not All About The Money

The vast majority of workers in the UK are not motivated primarily by how much they are paid, according to surprising research conducted by the world’s largest job site, Indeed. Only 12% of workers class their salary as the most important factor in their job, far behind enjoying the job (24%) and ‘having a good relationship’ with their colleagues (21%) as the main drivers of job satisfaction.   So essential is a good working...

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Pharmacies workplace health MOTs to save lives and cut sickness cost
May21

Pharmacies workplace health MOTs to save lives and cut sickness cost

Pharmacies are working with HR teams to save lives and cut hours lost through sickness through workplace staff health MOTs. Rowlands Pharmacy is extending its healthy living programme of Health and Wellbeing events at work across the UK, day and night to suit all shift patterns.   Rowlands alert staff to medical conditions like high blood pressure, which can trigger heart attacks, and it has averted medical emergencies for thousands,...

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Presenteeism hits record high in UK organisations as stress at work rises
May02

Presenteeism hits record high in UK organisations as stress at work rises

‘Presenteeism’, or people coming into work when they are ill, has more than tripled since 2010, according to the latest CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Well-being at Work report. 86% of over 1,000 respondents to the 2018 survey said they had observed presenteeism in their organisation over the last 12 months, compared with 72% in 2016 and just 26% in 2010. The survey also found that ‘leaveism’, such as people using annual leave to work,...

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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 number of...

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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 32%...

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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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