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Significant Proportion of Brits ‘Underprepared’ for Long Term Absence from Work

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

A significant number of British people do not have adequate safeguards in place to protect themselves from the financial impact of a long-term absence from work due to illness or injury. That’s one of the key findings of a survey conducted by Censuswide on behalf of insurer Cirencester Friendly. The Censuswide survey of more than 2,000 adults found over half …

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Only a Third of Workers with Mental Health Problems Feel Supported by Their Boss

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Just over a third (34%) of workers who have experienced a mental health problem in the past five years have felt well supported by their line manager, a new survey has revealed. New research from the Mental Health Foundation and employee benefits provider Unum, which was released to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May), shows a stark disconnect …

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More than Half of SMEs Potentially Could Close Within 12 Months If a Key Employee Died or Became Critically Ill

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

More than half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK could cease trading within a year if one of their key employees died or became critically ill, new research suggests. According to the latest (fifth) edition of Legal & General’s State of the Nation’s SMEs report – which surveyed more than 800 small businesses – 53% of SMEs …

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Why the Importance of Group Income Protection Should Never Be Underestimated

In Business, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

Businesses can struggle if any of their employees are off work for an extended time with an illness or injury. That’s why the value of Group Income Protection should never be underestimated, both for employees and employers. Group Income Protection allows the right support to be available at the most important time, and ensures businesses have the appropriate facilities, expertise …

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Tackling Mental Health Issues with Group Income Protection

In Business, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

Every year, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem, while hundreds of thousands struggle on a longer term basis, according to the mental health charity Mind. Research released in January this year by Canada Life shows that 57% of UK employees have suffered from mental health problems while in employment. Similarly, recent research conducted …

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Employers Need to Focus on Wellbeing of Junior Staff, finds Survey

In Business, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

While companies should be paying attention to the health and wellbeing of all their employees, it seems that junior staff could be the people who need the most support from their employers, according to a new survey by OfficeGenie.co.uk. The research found that 24% of junior staff feel negative about work at the start of the day and 22% feel …

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Majority of Employers Overestimate Cost of Group Protection

In Business, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

Organisations significantly overestimate the cost of group risk financial protection plans for their employees, meaning thousands of UK workers may be left without appropriate cover, according to research by trade body Group Risk Development (GRiD). GRiD said that offering Group Life Assurance to an entire workforce often costs less than 0.5% of payroll. However, 70% of employers believe that it …

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Less Stressed Staff ‘Perform Better’ at Work

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

More than half of UK workers (53.2%) currently experience stress in their workplace and almost two-thirds (61.9%) believe their employer looks down on employees who get stressed, a new survey shows. Conducted by independent job site CV-Library, the poll of 1,200 UK employees found that the majority (57.4%) believe their direct line manager does not offer support for dealing with …

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BSI-Developed Code of Practice Launched to Help Organisations Safeguard their Travellers

In Business, Industry News, Travel by PCH Staff

The British Standards Institution, the body that defines more than 2,000 industry standards in the UK per year, has launched a code of practice advising organisations on how to address and manage the health, safety and security risks posed to their workers who travel as part of their jobs. Developed in association with International SOS, a medical and travel security …

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Busy Schedules, Long Hours Lead to Missed Lunches and Sleep Deprivation

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Long working hours and busy social schedules are causing a national divide across the UK, with some people adopting unhealthy habits, such as skipping lunch breaks and failing to get enough sleep, as a result and others turning to quick fitness hacks, according to research by Bupa UK health clinics. The Bupa study found that 60% of UK employees are …

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A Third of Employees Have Experienced Mental Health Issues – CIPD

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Research shows that in the last five years, the number of people who have experienced mental health issues while in employment has jumped significantly from a quarter to a third. Despite this sharp rise, though, the majority of employees still feel as though more can be done by employers to help individuals with mental health issues. The research, which was …