A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work
Sep09

A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work

As workers head back to the office after the summer holidays, many employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice long term, says Adrian Lewis from Active Absence. According to recent research by LifeSearch, 44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with 46% saying they would rather be full-time...

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Stress management classes and wellbeing coaching no help at improving workers’ mental health
Sep01

Stress management classes and wellbeing coaching no help at improving workers’ mental health

Employers’ initiatives to help workers cope with their jobs are no help at reducing stress, a new study has found. Classes for stress management, relaxation and mindfulness are “not satisfactory” for solving issues of worker wellbeing, the research says. William Fleming, of the University of Cambridge, analysed data on 26,471 employees in 128 UK organisations, including NHS trusts, to reveal the effects of various management...

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HR Increasingly turning to cloud-based tech
Aug18

HR Increasingly turning to cloud-based tech

The increase in companies offering remote and hybrid working is leading to rising demand for HR cloud-based technology to ease the pressures on HR teams, says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. New figures from LinkedIn[i] show that remote job postings advertised on the platform have increased substantially across all industries – with some sectors recording five to 19 times the level of remote work postings compared...

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How businesses can manage the ‘pingdemic’ as Covid-19 cases rise
Jul21

How businesses can manage the ‘pingdemic’ as Covid-19 cases rise

With businesses increasingly concerned about staff shortages following a rise in people self-isolating after being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace App, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence says employers need to urgently plan for disruption and put systems in place to monitor staff absence so they can cope. New research from the CIPD[i] has found that almost six in ten (57%) HR professionals have said they have...

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Preparing for Freedom Day and managing a hybrid workforce
Jun24

Preparing for Freedom Day and managing a hybrid workforce

As the UK counts down to the delayed ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July 2021 many employers are concerned about what the workplace will look like after Covid-19 restrictions lift, with many anticipating hybrid working will become the new norm says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. A recent report from Envoy revealed that 70% of UK workers believe a hybrid model—involving the flexibility to choose when and where to work—would...

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Only 43% of those aged 50+ are focused on their mental health
Jun21

Only 43% of those aged 50+ are focused on their mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased feelings of isolation and worry amongst employees, according to research from MetLife. As part of its Re:Me report, MetLife has produced a Guide for employers which highlights the key findings from the report and aims to provide practical tips and actions for organisations who are navigating a changing relationship with their employees following the pandemic. Offering advice and insights for small...

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Men’s Health Week: 5 Ways Leaders Can Create a Healthy Workplace Culture
Jun16

Men’s Health Week: 5 Ways Leaders Can Create a Healthy Workplace Culture

This week (14th-20th June 2021) is Men’s Health Week. Physical and mental wellbeing have been important considerations for leaders over the past year and it is essential this focus is maintained as we build back for the future. Here we have asked 5 experts for practical tips leaders can implement to create healthy workplace cultures. Know the early signs of burnout  Recently it was reported by the BBC that burnout for health and...

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Codel Software celebrates 15 years in business
Jun04

Codel Software celebrates 15 years in business

Codel Software, a highly respected UK software developer and leading provider of cloud-based HR solutions based in Bridgend, South Wales celebrates its 15th anniversary this week, growing from a small family run business established in 2006 with under 10 clients to working with over 400 UK and global clients today. The company has grown from 3 employees in 2006 to 16 – including five new recruits hired in the past six months to manage...

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How companies can successfully manage the four-day working week
May27

How companies can successfully manage the four-day working week

Growing employee interest in working a four-day working week, as well as hybrid and flexible working could present challenges for businesses unless they have systems in place to effectively manage staff, warns Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. A recent survey from the charity Be The Business found that more than a million British companies employing three million workers could move to a four-day working week after...

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Mental Health in the Workplace: 6 Tips from HR Experts
May25

Mental Health in the Workplace: 6 Tips from HR Experts

Research from Natural HR found that 65% of HR leaders are prioritising health and wellbeing in 2021. Throughout a challenging year, HR professionals have taken it upon themselves to prioritise employee health and wellbeing in the wake of the coronavirus. All employers have a duty of care which means they must do all they reasonably can to safeguard their employees’ health, wellbeing and safety when they are at work. This includes...

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Mental health and wellbeing drive the return to the workplace for the majority of office workers
May18

Mental health and wellbeing drive the return to the workplace for the majority of office workers

Research released today by Ambius, the experts in workspace plant design, reveals that the appeal of working from home could be waning amongst office workers. The majority (52%) look forward to returning to the office for mental health and wellbeing reasons. This rises to almost two thirds (64%) amongst 18-34 year olds. While physical health elements such as social distancing, hygiene, and ventilation are high on the list of...

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British employers shun workplace mental health support for their staff
May13

British employers shun workplace mental health support for their staff

With Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 taking place, people management platform Employment Hero reveals new data on how employees and employers are managing mental health support in the workplace.   In a survey of more than 500 employers and 500 employees in the UK in March 2021, 48% of employers stated that they do not have budgets available to help support their employees’ mental health whilst 30% of employers do not know how to...

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Monitor mental health and presenteeism more closely says Activ Absence
May13

Monitor mental health and presenteeism more closely says Activ Absence

Worsening mental health in the workplace is a growing issue, which employers need to get on top of urgently, says Adrian Lewis, commercial director at Activ Absence during Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May). New research from the Office for National Statistics[i] shows that one in five adults experienced some form of depression in 2021 – more than double the level recorded before the pandemic. Women and younger adults are most...

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HALF of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work
May12

HALF of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work

Nearly half (49%) of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work-related issues, a new study1 has found.  The research, commissioned for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10th-16th) by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, found that nearly three in five (58%) experience some form of mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, at least once a week.  Money...

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Mental health concerns spike among half of UK employees
May10

Mental health concerns spike among half of UK employees

More than half (51%) of employees experienced an increase in worries about their mental health due to the pandemic, according to new findings from Close Brothers. While 41% had experienced a rise by May 2020, the additional months of lockdown restrictions have seen this catapulted upwards to more than half. This represents a percentage increase of 24% over the time period. The new report, ‘Expecting the unexpected: a spotlight on...

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