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CIPD: Flexible Workers in the Capital ‘more Satisfied with Their Jobs’

In Business, Family by PCH Staff

It seems that according to a new survey from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), flexible working practices deliver three main benefits for London-based individuals: greater job satisfaction, less pressure and a better work-life balance than people who do not have the option to work flexibly. In addition to revealing the benefits of flexible working for employees in …

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Why Employers Need to Tackle Stress and Mental Ill Health in the Workplace

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Even though the situation has improved slightly compared to last year, stress and mental ill health remain one of the main causes of long-term sickness absence (more than six months) in the UK, according to research from Group Risk Development (GRiD). In fact, the figures from the trade body for the group risk industry show that 42% of employers cited …

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Group Income Protection Sales Surged in 2015, says Unum

In Business, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

In 2015, the number of companies who bought group income protection insurance for their employees was more than 300, which is an increase of 20 per cent over the previous year, according to new research from Unum. Unum says that the group income protection market is continuing to grow, with 300,000 more employees covered by the end of 2014 than …

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Pensions Regulator: 500,000 UK Businesses Risk Fines as Auto-Enrolment Gathers Pace

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Half a million small and micro businesses in the UK risk a fine if they do not meet their new workplace pension obligations, according to a warning from The Pensions Regulator. The regulator says that despite smaller businesses receiving letters advising them to start preparing for automatic enrolment, many will still leave it too late and face increasing levels of …

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Employee Assistance Programmes: a Smart Step in Reducing Employer Absenteeism Costs

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Over half of employees (57%) in the UK have suffered from mental health problems at some time or another, with stress and depression cited as the two most common issues, accounting for 43% and 26% respectively, according to research earlier this year from Canada Life Insurance Group. Furthermore, in the first quarter of 2015 alone, over half (51%) of those …

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How Much Is Long Term Absence Costing Your Company?

In Business, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

Long-term sickness absence, which is classified as a period of absence of six months or more, costs private sector businesses in the UK a whopping £4.17 billion a year, according to a new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). For a typical business with more than 500 employees, the cost of long-term sickness absence per year …

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Stress at Work as Bad as Secondhand Smoke

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

If you’re a non-smoker, inhaling someone else’s secondhand smoke is a disgusting and, unfortunately, sometimes unavoidable part of daily life. Sure, the ban on smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK has undoubtedly curtailed the problem of passive smoking, but nevertheless it is still an issue. In fact, the ban has now been extended to cover people …

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Many Small Businesses Ignoring the Risks Associated with the Loss of a Key Person

In Business, In The Press, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

Small businesses owners today often find themselves consumed with the day-to-day running of their firms and find very little time to sit back and take stock of other important considerations. And while this kind of focus ultimately makes for a more successful business and happier customers, it also means that they sometimes forget to think about the ‘what ifs’. According …

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New Guidelines Suggest That Employers Need to Encourage Their Workers to Get off Their Backsides More!

In Business, In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

According to the first official guidelines on the subject, office-based staff need to break up periods of prolonged sitting with regular walkabouts and standing activities. More specifically, office workers must be on their feet for at least two hours every day while they are at work. The guidance, which was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, warns …