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Gig Workers & Temps Get Fewer Health Protections Than Their Permanent Colleagues

In Business, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

Gig economy workers, temporary workers, part-time workers and those on zero-hours contracts enjoy fewer health and wellbeing protections than their permanent, full-time counterparts. That’s the key message to come out of a recently published survey by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). According to the survey conducted by market research company Opinium, which polled some 500 non-permanent workers …

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A Quarter of UK Family Businesses Would Close Immediately If the Owner Died or Became Critically Ill

In Business, Family, Industry News, Insurance, Protection by PCH Staff

An alarming number of family businesses across the UK are putting themselves at increased risk of failure by not having safeguards in place should certain critical events occur, a new survey has found. According to Legal & General’s “State of the Nation’s SMEs” research – which polled over 800 small businesses – just 42% of family businesses in the UK …

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PMI Second-most Valued Employee Benefit, Finds Study

In Business, Industry News, Insurance by PCH Staff

A survey of employees and employers in the UK has revealed what they believe are the most valuable employee benefits. The poll of 1,150 employees and 1,001 employers by group risk insurer Ellipse found that workplace pensions were considered to be the most valued benefit overall to employees, with 58% selecting it in their top three. Private Medical Insurance (PMI) …

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One in Seven Employees Suffering with a Mental Health Issue, Report Finds

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

The stigma associated with mental health and the challenges of addressing mental health issues in the workplace cost UK businesses between £33 billion and £42 billion each year, according to an independent, government-commissioned report. The report, Thriving at work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers, was commissioned by Prime Minister Teresa May in January 2017. It found the …

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Stress in the Workplace Can Be Tackled by Training Managers, Report Finds

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Managing stress in the workplace doesn’t need to be a major investment for businesses and one of the most effective ways to boost wellness it by training managers to spot rising stress issues before they become a business problem. That’s one of the key findings to come out of a new report by insurance provider MetLife Employee Benefits. According to …

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A Quarter of UK Employees Would Have to Be Hospitalised Before They Took a Sick Day

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Almost a quarter of UK workers say they would only take time off work if they were hospitalised and had no other choice, new research reveals. The research commissioned by Canada Life Group Insurance discovered that a staggering 23% of UK workers – equivalent to around seven million individuals – would only take a sick day if they were hospitalised …

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Almost 6 Million UK Workers Have Gone to Work Feeling Mentally Unwell

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Almost six million UK workers have gone to work despite feeling mentally unwell, as the stigma surrounding mental health problems continues to affect individuals, research by Canada Life has revealed. The survey by the UK’s largest provider of Group Insurance, which polled 1,004 full- and part-time employees, found that almost a fifth (18%) – equivalent to 5.8 million UK employees …

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Employers Who Invest in the Wellbeing of Their Employees Enjoy Lower Staff Turnover

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

While stress in the workplace is often linked with sickness absence, its association with the eating habits of employees is perhaps less known. That’s why a survey from trade body British Summer Fruits (BSF) makes for such interesting reading. It found that half of UK employees eat more unhealthily when they are stressed at work. This is despite the fact …

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Almost a Fifth of UK Workers ‘Dissatisfied’ with Employee Benefits

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

New research has revealed that many UK small business workers are dissatisfied with their current employee benefits package, while a significant proportion aren’t even aware of any of the benefits available to them. The YouGov research, released by employee benefits provider Unum, shows that nearly a fifth (18%) of workers are unhappy with the benefits they currently receive through their …

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Despite Clear Benefits, More Than a Third of Employers Do Not Offer Flexible Working Options

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Over one-third (34%) of UK employers do not offer flexible working options to their employees, even though almost two-thirds (64%) of employees are more likely to remain with a company that offers flexible working, according to Aviva’s Working Lives Report 2017. The report – which was compiled using survey results from some 500 employers and 2,000 employees – outlines attitudes …

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Over Half of SME Owners Have Not Made Any Special Arrangements Regarding Shares

In Business, Insurance by PCH Staff

The sudden loss of a business owner has the potential to destabilise a business and can quickly lead to financial difficulties. If no share protection arrangements have been made, the deceased’s business shares may be passed to their family. Their family might then choose to actively participate in the running of the business or sell said shares – even to …