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Income Protection: More Than Just Insurance

In Employee Benefits, Group Income Protection, Protection by Stephen Ellis

Figures show that income protection (IP) sales are healthy. In fact, according to data released by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), IP sales in the first half of 2019 reached their highest level since FCA records began in Q2 of 2005. But while many people understand that income protection and group income protection are primarily designed to provide an income …

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More Than 1 In 10 Businesses Ignoring Staff Wellbeing – GRiD

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Stephen Ellis

Mental health in the workplace is, quite rightly, getting more attention now than ever before, which is helping break down some of the stigma attached to this important subject. But even though mental health at work is now firmly under the spotlight, some businesses still don’t believe that they are responsible for supporting the wellbeing of their staff, new research …

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Why It’s So Important Employers Address Mental Health In The Workplace

In Employee Benefits, Industry News, Mental Health by Stephen Ellis

When Lloyds Banking Group chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio approached his boss, Sir Win Bischoff, in late 2011 to request time off because of a stress-related condition, the chairman found himself in a position that he had not encountered in a career spanning six decades.   At the time, the situation was rare in the financial services world, an industry where it’s …

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Report Reveals Impact Of Stress-Related Conditions On Health Systems

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Healthcare by Stephen Ellis

Britons are stressed and it’s costing the NHS exorbitant sums to deal with, a new report suggests. According to research by the Cigna and Asia Care Group, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Brits suffer from stress, and stress-related illnesses accounted for more than 68 million GP appointments, 3 million emergency department visits, 9 million outpatient attendances and 5.5 million inpatient admissions. …

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Employee Assistance Programmes: High Impact And Cost Effective

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Stephen Ellis

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are designed to support employees with work and life challenges. The death of a loved one, the end of a long-term relationship and even workplace personality conflicts are all examples of issues covered by EAPs. Over the years, EAPs have been developing at a rapid rate. Indeed, according to the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), access …

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Obesity & Cancer – Are You Prepared For A Critical Illness?

In Family, Healthcare, Industry News by Stephen Ellis

A new study has warned that rising levels of obesity will result in more people developing cancer and dying prematurely. According to researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, being overweight or obese increases the risk of getting any type of cancer by 12%. This includes leukaemia, breast cancer, kidney cancer, gallbladder cancer, brain cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For the …

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Long-Term UK Care Provisions Falling Behind Other Countries

In Family, Healthcare, Individual by Stephen Ellis

Taking a look at the worrying signs as the UK falls behind other comparable nations when it comes to long-term care provisions. The UK is not keeping up with other nations when it comes to the provision of long-term care, a new analysis has revealed. According to the report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – which …

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5 Ways Employers Can Help Their Employees’ Financial Wellbeing

In Employee Benefits, Group Income Protection, Insurance by Stephen Ellis

Employees typically have to deal with day to day distractions and levels of stress that they can cope with. But sometimes individuals are also dealing with other problems, one of the most common of which is financial worries. One group in particular that is feeling its fair share of finance-related stress and anxiety is millennials. These individuals entered the workforce …

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A Fifth Of Employees Carry On Working Despite Mental Illness

In Business, Employee Benefits, Mental Health by Stephen Ellis

New research shows that a significant number of employees have gone into work despite feeling ‘mentally unwell’ and that a generational divide exists when it comes to who is most likely to do this. According to research by Canada Life Group Insurance, one in five (19%) employees – equivalent to around 6.2 million people – went to work while feeling …

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Employers Being Short-Sighted When It Comes To Employee Eye Care

In Business, Employee Benefits, Healthcare by Stephen Ellis

Nine out of 10 British businesses are failing to meet their legal responsibilities to protect their employees’ sight, a new survey shows. According to the study commissioned by the charity Eye Health UK and Vision Express Opticians, 85% of office workers report suffering symptoms of screen fatigue, such as eyestrain and headaches, as well as problems with close and long-distance …