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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Why sunny days can be a productivity killer – and increase unauthorised absence
Jun27

Why sunny days can be a productivity killer – and increase unauthorised absence

Absence management is usually something managers talk about in Winter rather than in the height of summer. At the first hint of sun, everyone perks up and happy staff regale tales of weekend outings and share the aftersun lotion first thing on Monday. Unfortunately, after a day or two, however, everyone gets hot and sticky and a longer period of warm weather can increase unauthorised sickness absence – whether it’s down to...

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After Uber: how to prevent sexual harassment and encourage employees to raise concerns
Jun22

After Uber: how to prevent sexual harassment and encourage employees to raise concerns

Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer, discusses how employers can protect themselves from high-profile sexual harassment cases through prevention, openness and support for staff.   Preventing sexual harassment is one of the most concerning elements of managing staff for many employers. Employers have an obligation to prevent this from occurring and, if it can be shown they have not taken all reasonable steps to stop this, then...

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Skipping lunch? Employees lose £31,000 over their career thanks to missed lunchbreaks
Jun22

Skipping lunch? Employees lose £31,000 over their career thanks to missed lunchbreaks

A survey of thousands of members of the British public has found that employees work an average of seven and a quarter extra unpaid days every year by not taking their lunch breaks. In response, an online calculator has been created where members of the public can input their number of skipped lunch breaks to see how much unpaid overtime they’ve done in the last year. Employees work an extra seven and a quarter unpaid days on average...

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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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