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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Employers warned not to ignore the rise of ‘gig-economy’ & flexible working
May31

Employers warned not to ignore the rise of ‘gig-economy’ & flexible working

Employers must recognise the rise of the ‘gig-economy’ – and implement strategic workforce planning strategies to reflect this shift. That is the advice from global talent acquisition and management specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions. The recommendation in response to data from Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends Study, which found that despite the fact that the majority of full-time employees (77%) said they would consider working...

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Midday office slump? You aren’t alone, say researchers
May30

Midday office slump? You aren’t alone, say researchers

If you suffer from a mid-afternoon lull in performance, with tiredness and an accompanying drop in productivity, you aren’t alone. A recent study from Get More Vitamin Drinks found that 2.22pm is the time when most workers ‘hit the wall’ – so is there any science behind the struggle? Francesca Bennet, health and wellbeing programme manager at AXA PPP healthcare, explains: “If you’re lacking in energy and...

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Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather
May26

Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather

Hot sunny weather can hit productivity and sickness absence. We asked absence management expert Adrian Lewis from welsh HR software firm Activ Absence for his tips on keeping staff engaged when the temperature goes up. Adrian  says: “The good weather can impact on productivity and sickness absence – but it doesn’t have to. “Effective planning, good preparation and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ a bit...

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Employers urged to add emotional support to crisis management plans
May25

Employers urged to add emotional support to crisis management plans

As the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NACTSO) updates its safety advice for employers due to the UK’s raised threat status to ‘critical’ following the horrendous bombing in Manchester, employers are urged to ensure they have a plan to support employees emotionally following a traumatic event. Most crisis management and business continuity plans are focused on the practical elements of a crisis such as power, essential...

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Is office life turning staff into couch potatoes?
May25

Is office life turning staff into couch potatoes?

New research by pension advice specialist Portafina indicates that office life is potentially harming Britain’s health. The poll of 2,000 British workers discovered that only a quarter of Brits engage in 30 minutes of physical exercise three to five times a week, despite one in five having a gym membership. It also found one in eight (12%) Brits aged under 30 are frustrated that they don’t have enough time to keep active, with a third...

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4 ways employers can support staff in a changing economic climate
May24

4 ways employers can support staff in a changing economic climate

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has highlighted four ways UK employers can support employee wellbeing in the changing economic climate. The new report, ‘Wellbeing: Examining the correlation between employee health and financial wellbeing’ examines and interprets data from various global and regional sources, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and Aon’s own research and client...

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National working from home day – but is it a pain in the neck?
May19

National working from home day – but is it a pain in the neck?

  Over half of home-workers (51%) have sustained injuries, aches and pains as a result of their working environment The most common issues from a home-working set up are backache and neck pain But working from home has its benefits, nearly 60% build exercise into their day, and eat a healthier diet Bupa has created a home-working health checklist People who work from home are more likely to suffer from work-related injuries such...

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GRiD: Employers should make better use of group risk benefits to support mental health
May18

GRiD: Employers should make better use of group risk benefits to support mental health

Claims for mental illness are nearly as prevalent as for cancer under employer-sponsored group income protection policies, however Group Risk Development (GRiD) believes that employers are missing a trick by not also taking full advantage of the mental health support which is often included with group risk products (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness). There are several ways that employers may be...

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Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’
May18

Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’

New analysis from HR and diversity consultancy, the Clear Company, has revealed that HR professionals will, on average, oversee 15 staff with mental health conditions each year. Furthermore, the UK Workplace Wellbeing Survey identified mental health in the workplace as the second biggest challenge facing employers in the next five years, with respondents stating that 26% of workplace absences were down to psychological conditions....

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How HR can support Muslim employees during Ramadan
May18

How HR can support Muslim employees during Ramadan

In the Arab world, Ramadan brings shortened work hours for most employees but in the UK it’s often business as usual. ELAS employment law consultant Emma O’Leary takes a look at how employers can help support their employees throughout the month: What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar; it is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to learn about discipline and self-restraint. This year...

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Why HR should care about office furniture as well as people
May18

Why HR should care about office furniture as well as people

Elm Workspace, a specialist office furniture supplier explain why office layout and furniture are a vital consideration for employers – especially in a talent driven market   Updating office layout and furniture can be daunting for any employer. Employers are often concerned with the cost of new office furniture, and whether or not staff will respond well to any changes in office layout.  However, HR could encourage employers to...

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How tech can help HR improve wellbeing and performance
May17

How tech can help HR improve wellbeing and performance

Jo Salter, director in PwC’s People and Organisations business, shares an opinion piece about the role tech can play in wellbeing and performance   Emotional health is a key part of unlocking the potential of our workers. Research shows a third of UK workers currently have a health, wellbeing or mental health issue and an overwhelming 83% feel their wellbeing impacts their productivity. How often have you seen someone turn up to work...

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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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