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Work-Related Mental Health Issues Now Account For Over Half Of Work Absences

In Business, Industry News, Protection by Stephen Ellis

There has been a surge in the number of working days lost to work-related mental health issues, new figures reveal. In 2017/2018, the number of working days lost due to work-related stress, anxiety or depression reached 15.4 million, according to the Health and Safety Executive’s latest annual injury and ill health statistics for Great Britain. That’s an increase of around …

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People With Arthritis Missing Out On Workplace Support

In Business, Individual, Protection by Paul Connolly

A leading arthritis charity has warned that many people with arthritis or related conditions are being forced out of work because they are not getting the support they need from their employers. According to a poll by Versus Arthritis – a charity that was recently created by the merger of Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care – more than a …

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Sit-Stand Desks Boost Productivity, Engagement & Energy Levels, Research Suggests

In Business, Industry News, Protection by Matthew Tagg

It’s no secret that the sedentary lifestyles many people in the UK lead are having a negative impact on their health. For example, earlier this year, a study found that just two weeks of sedentary office working can put people on the path to diabetes. Now new research suggests that a simple change of desk could not only improve the …

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Presenteeism Rife As Vast Majority Of Sick Staff Don’t Take Time Off

In Business, Industry News, Protection by Stephen Ellis

A whopping 88% of employees went to work while they were sick in 2017, a new poll has revealed. The survey of 1,001 workers by Canada Life Group Insurance found that 47% did not take a single sick day last year and that’s not simply because they weren’t sick. In fact, despite feeling unwell, 53% of employees felt their sickness …

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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 …