Have you heard of the Sash Windows case, currently being heard by the ECJ? Here’s why you should pay attention
Mar30

Have you heard of the Sash Windows case, currently being heard by the ECJ? Here’s why you should pay attention

Intro Can workers carry over holiday that they have been prevented from taking when they are mistakenly classed as self-employed? This is a question asked of the European Court of Justice by the Court of Appeal in a case brought by Peninsula and supported by the UK Government. The ECJ is considering the case of King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd and anor. Facts King was engaged as a salesman, receiving only commission, for 13 years....

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Are UK workers googling about sleep instead of actually sleeping?
Mar28

Are UK workers googling about sleep instead of actually sleeping?

Searches for the phrase, “How much sleep do I need?” have grown up to 1,429% in the UK over the past 10 years (January 2007 – March 2017), according to Google Trends analysis by health insurance provider, AXA PPP healthcare, with searches for the phrase predominantly peaking at the start of the year, in January. 2016, however, revealed high-peaks of searches for the phrase in January, April and September – so it may be worth...

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Today is ‘Sleepy Monday’ – here’s how to keep alert yourself – and get staff healthy
Mar27

Today is ‘Sleepy Monday’ – here’s how to keep alert yourself – and get staff healthy

Mondays are often described as the worst day of the week. However, this week, not only are staff battling through weekend blues, but this Monday, the first after the clocks go forward, has also been dubbed as ‘sleepy Monday’. According to Christopher Barnes, a University lecturer who coined the term, it’s the day we’ll all be less productive, more irritable and sluggish. Although we lost an hour in bed this weekend, it’s not all bad...

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Are skipped lunches, overtime and lost family time risking staff burnout in SMEs?
Mar24

Are skipped lunches, overtime and lost family time risking staff burnout in SMEs?

The UK’s small and medium sized firms make up 99.9% of the UK’s private sector businesses, employ nearly 3/5 of its workforce and account for 48% of the turnover. In smaller teams, job roles tend to be less defined and employees usually really care about the company’s success. However, full-on pursuit of commercial success may be putting owners and employees of these businesses at increased risk of ill health and burnout....

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Bringing Humanity Back to Human Resources with Mindfulness
Mar23

Bringing Humanity Back to Human Resources with Mindfulness

Guest blog by Dana Zelicha, OBWA Take a moment to reflect on how you woke up this morning. Were you excited to start your day, or did you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or even physically ill by the amount of tasks that awaited you? On a daily basis do you chronically multitask, trying to tackle many different tasks at once but not getting much done or feeling fulfilled? If this scenario sounds familiar, you are not alone. What you are...

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As workers retire later, how can businesses manage dementia in the workplace?
Mar22

As workers retire later, how can businesses manage dementia in the workplace?

An increase in older employees in the workplace, fuelled by both reduced pension pots and a desire to stay active for longer, will mean employers need to prepare to handle an uplift in age-related illnesses and diseases, according to RedArc Nurses. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, over 40,000 people in the UK are living with early onset dementia, meaning that they were diagnosed before the age of 65, and there is evidence...

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Curves over career: One in four millennials care more about their body image than career
Mar21

Curves over career: One in four millennials care more about their body image than career

Two thirds of millennials would exchange a 20% pay cut for the perfect body Young women are seven times more likely to worry about their figure than their career One in five millennials (17%) have received comments about their weight from a colleague A new study into millennial health has revealed that career aspirations are at the bottom rung of the ladder as two thirds of young people would be happy to take a pay-cut if it meant...

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Exactly how far would you commute to work?  And what annoys you on the way?
Mar21

Exactly how far would you commute to work? And what annoys you on the way?

It seems commuters really don’t like travelling to work, but there are huge regional variations in exactly how long commuters are willing to spend on the journey, according to new research. A survey of 1,002 UK adults, carried out by AllCarLeasing.co.uk, found that whilst Londoners are willing to endure the longest commute at an hour and a half, other locations are less tolerant of travelling long distances to work –...

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Bad sleep is having a negative impact on almost half of all UK employees’ work and careers
Mar17

Bad sleep is having a negative impact on almost half of all UK employees’ work and careers

Have you noticed that when you feel good about yourself, you work better? When you’re mentally well, you’re better at making the most of life. That doesn’t mean you’ll never experience any type of emotional problems, but it can mean that you’re able to deal with difficult or stressful situations more easily. The third annual AXA PPP Health Tech & You State of the Nation online survey reveals that, when employees have problems with...

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The rise and rise of DSE  ….and what this means for HR managers
Mar16

The rise and rise of DSE ….and what this means for HR managers

The latest research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare today reveals the extent of Display Screen Equipment (DSE) use in the workplace and the related concerns employers have regarding eyesight. Screen time The research was carried out on behalf of Specsavers Corporate Eyecare by YouGov and surveyed over a thousand employees. It found that 85% of employees spend at least an hour a day using DSE for work purposes and 73% spend at least...

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Sleep deprived employees could perform like drunk drivers, warns Sleep Council
Mar09

Sleep deprived employees could perform like drunk drivers, warns Sleep Council

  Forward-thinking employers are treating employees that suffer from sleep deprivation in the same way they would an employee with an illness, according to RedArc Nurses during The Sleep Council’s National Bed Month in March. RedArc advises all employers to be aware that their employees’ poor quality or quantity of sleep is within their jurisdiction and that it can be tackled via both physical and emotional support. The...

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Rise in UK employers using wellbeing strategies to improve employee engagement and work culture
Mar09

Rise in UK employers using wellbeing strategies to improve employee engagement and work culture

Employers in the UK are rolling out workplace wellbeing strategies at an unprecedented rate, according to a new research report, ‘Employee Wellbeing Research 2017: The evolution of workplace wellbeing in the UK’ from Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with Punter Southall Health & Protection. 45% of UK companies have a clearly-defined wellbeing strategy in place, compared to less than a third (30%) in...

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In depth feature: How employers can support employees during a cancer diagnosis
Mar09

In depth feature: How employers can support employees during a cancer diagnosis

Employers need to wake up and smell the coffee when it comes to dealing with employees with cancer: figures from Macmillan show that around 1,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every single day in the UK so there has never been a greater need for employers to provide for their staff in ensuring that they have appropriate financial, medical, emotional and practical support in place. The hidden impact of a cancer diagnosis Of course,...

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As ‘half of UK workers don’t take annual leave’, could strategic travel partnerships tackle the staff holiday gap?
Feb28

As ‘half of UK workers don’t take annual leave’, could strategic travel partnerships tackle the staff holiday gap?

According to an ACAS report based on Glassdoor research, a whopping HALF of all UK employees don’t take their full leave entitlement. On average, an employee takes around three-quarters (77 per cent) of his or her annual leave – which sees the average full time worker losing 6.5 days leave each year.  That’s time that could be spent on a luxury cruise, relaxing on a beach on even sat relaxing in the garden. What...

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How office design can boost productivity in your workplace
Feb27

How office design can boost productivity in your workplace

If someone asked how you would approach the challenge of increasing productivity in your workplace, there’s a good chance you might think of large-scale structural changes, like introducing flexible hours or remote working. While these things can help, it’s quite easy to overlook the benefits that a well-designed office can bring to your company. For instance, Peldon Rose’s Happy Office survey found that 70% of staff find themselves...

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