When Does Your Company Need a First Aider?
Jul27

When Does Your Company Need a First Aider?

First Aid Regulations for Employers Employers are legally required under the Health and Safety Regulations Act (1981) to provide adequate and appropriate first aid arrangements in the workplace. This is a legal requirement for businesses of all sizes and includes the self-employed. In order to understand what first aid training and equipment is required for a company, you need to first carry out an assessment in to the business’s...

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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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Firms urged to consider business case for supporting cycling schemes
Jul20

Firms urged to consider business case for supporting cycling schemes

The director of bike hire scheme Bike & Go has said that there is a ‘clear business case’ for companies to consider investing in bike hire schemes after a report revealed increased productivity in those who cycle to work. David O’Leary said that the research, which was undertaken by Concordia’s John Molson School of Business in Canada, backs up previous claims that businesses can benefit from encouraging their employees to commute...

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Financial services staff at risk from lack of outdoors
Jul20

Financial services staff at risk from lack of outdoors

Financial services workers spend the least amount of time outside than any other industry and are potentially at risk of vitamin D deficiency, spending just 34 minutes outdoors during a day, according to new research. Bankers, accountants and bookkeepers are amongst the UK’s most outdoor-starved job roles, according to a survey of 2,000 UK workers carried out by outdoor furniture e-tailer, Alfresia.co.uk. Those working in the city are...

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Employers urged to consider ‘vulnerable employees when’ selecting benefits package
Jul20

Employers urged to consider ‘vulnerable employees when’ selecting benefits package

More employers need to ask employee benefit providers about how they deal with ‘vulnerable customers’, according to RedArc Nurses, following an occasional paper from the FCA two years ago calling for financial institutions to put a strategy in place. The company believes this is particularly important for employers offering insurance-related benefits because insurance providers are much more likely to encounter vulnerable people on a...

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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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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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Do workplace ‘smoking breaks’ breed resentment among non-smokers?
Jul13

Do workplace ‘smoking breaks’ breed resentment among non-smokers?

Most office-based employers, regardless of their industry, have a number of workers who smoke. Their tendency to smoke will often be used as a coping mechanism to handle work-related stress and pressures. Many employers therefore willingly allow workers who smoke to do so whenever they get the urge. Whilst it may seem like a satisfactory arrangement, workers who don’t smoke may feel otherwise – and unmonitored breaks could add...

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Bluestone prioritising staff wellbeing as Wales faces £7.2Bn bill for mental illness
Jul06

Bluestone prioritising staff wellbeing as Wales faces £7.2Bn bill for mental illness

  The need to improve employee health and wellbeing has for several years been acknowledged by many businesses as part of their developing protocols. While it’s now recognised that workplace environments and management culture have a major impact on employees’ health and wellbeing, at Bluestone National Park Resort the link between a healthy and happy staff and a positive business outcome has been adopted as part of its wider...

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The ugly truth behind ‘healthy’ workplace snacks
Jul06

The ugly truth behind ‘healthy’ workplace snacks

With everyone being encouraged to ‘eat healthy’ at work these days, many office staff are ditching donuts and chocolate for so-called healthy snacks, and workplace canteens are being pressured to offer them instead of the normal ‘Crisps and Chocolate’ with a sandwich. Despite knowing that bringing in lunch made at home is more ‘cost-effective’, and allows us to make ‘healthier’ decisions, many staff head to the...

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Why poor remote working practices could make staff more sick
Jul06

Why poor remote working practices could make staff more sick

UK organisations lose over £100m every year because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety, a figure which could soar in the coming decade if poorly managed nomadic working practices continue, a mental health organisation has warned. “Nomadic, remote and flexible working practices are the norm today,” said Paul Finch, CEO of A People Business. “Unfortunately, if poorly managed, it can accentuate mental and physical health...

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Top tips for Managing Absence in Wimbledon Season
Jul03

Top tips for Managing Absence in Wimbledon Season

Adrian Lewis, Absence Management Expert, Activ Absence   Wimbledon starts this week and we know through experience that sickies soar during key sporting events. HR Managers are already used to seeing unauthorised sickness absence rise if Andy Murray is playing well on Centre Court (and here’s hoping for another British win from our favourite champ, who graces the court at 1.00 today!) So what steps can HR Managers take to tackle the...

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Employee ill health costing businesses up to one month a year in lost productivity
Jun29

Employee ill health costing businesses up to one month a year in lost productivity

UK employers are losing 27.5 days of productive work per employee each year, because of poor health, according to new research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW) – commissioned by Vitality Health Insurance. The company also suggests employee absence and presenteeism is a problem that is costing the UK economy £73 billion a year. The research measured employee health in terms of exposure to risk factors associated with a...

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Researchers find 3 in 4 UK workers could not cope with financial impact of cancer
Jun27

Researchers find 3 in 4 UK workers could not cope with financial impact of cancer

New research from Canada Life Group Insurance has highlighted that most workers are unprepared for the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis. Nearly three in four (72%) respondents admitted they would struggle to cope if their income fell by the average amount lost by 80% of families after a cancer diagnosis (£570 a month1), and 80% of single parent workers, including 63% who say it would be very difficult to cope in these...

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