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More People Going Private As NHS Waiting Lists Continue To Grow

In Health and Wellness, Healthcare, Insurance by Richard Holden

NHS waiting lists are at their highest level since records began and now concerns are growing that we could end up with a two-tier healthcare system here in the UK, as more people look to the private sector to accommodate their health needs.  With mass cancellations of routine operations all but inevitable this winter, those that have the capacity are either …

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How Employers Can Better Support Their Employees’ Financial Health & Wellbeing

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Protection by Tom Pullinger

Whether they’ve been furloughed for the last few months, working reduced hours or carrying on with their jobs as best they can, your employees will have been significantly impacted — in a variety of ways — by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Right now, they need you as an employer to be more supportive than ever.  One of the areas that …

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Leading Insurer Expects Jump In CI Cancer Claims In 2021

In Health and Wellness, Healthcare, In The Press by Matthew Bucknall

Protection specialist LV= has predicted a surge in cancer diagnoses and claims in 2021 following screening backlogs. Back in April when the coronavirus lockdown began, LV= saw a significant drop in critical illness claims, with 45% less recorded than the year before. According to Cancer Research UK, around 2,700 fewer people were diagnosed with cancer each week. In fact, cancer …

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AXA Health Encouraging Brits To Lead Healthier Lifestyles

In Health and Wellness, Individual, Industry News by Richard Holden

AXA Health has announced a new campaign designed to encourage more Brits to lead healthier lifestyles, as well as research on what being ‘healthy’ really means to Brits. To launch the campaign and help boost awareness, AXA Health has teamed up with comedian Jack Whitehall. What AXA’s research shows According to AXA’s accompanying research, over half of Brits believe that …

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SMEs Lagging Behind Smaller Firms When It Comes To Employee Wellbeing

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Gill Adams

When it comes to employee wellbeing, SMEs are falling behind smaller companies in the eyes of their employees. That’s one of the key findings to come out of new research by Legal & General (L&G). According to L&G’s latest SME research, more employees working for smaller companies trust their employer to look after them than those working for larger SMEs. …

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Mental Health Support Has To Be A Long-Term Commitment For Employers

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on both employers and employees, especially when it comes to mental health. While the initial lockdowns and social restrictions have taken their toll, we are now faced with an extended period of social isolation. Furthermore, once a semblance of normality has resumed, people are going to be naturally wary of going …

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Pandemic Hammering Mental Health But Businesses Responding

In Business, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a massive impact on employee mental health. But businesses are responding by introducing specific wellbeing-focussed initiatives and benefits. One in 10 business leaders facing burnout The majority of UK executives have experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows. According to Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index, more than three-quarters (78%) of business …

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Majority Of Employers Want To Be Seen As Caring

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Industry News by Claire Ginnelly

As my colleague Matthew Bucknall pointed out in his recent post, employers are increasing their focus on health and wellbeing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Interestingly, the same research also highlights how the vast majority of organisations want to be seen as a caring employer when introducing a health benefits programme. Indeed, according to the Employee Benefits Healthcare …

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Professional Financial Advice Boosts Emotional Wellbeing

In Family, Health and Wellness, Individual by Rebecca Faulks

At a time of distinct uncertainty, anything that boosts emotional wellbeing should be welcomed with open arms. That’s why new research into the impact of professional financial advice makes for compelling reading. According to the survey, conducted on behalf of Royal London, professional financial advice helps improve people’s emotional wellbeing by making them feel more confident and financially resilient. Indeed, …

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Employers Increase Health & Wellbeing Offerings During Pandemic

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Claire Ginnelly

Almost half of employers have increased their focus on employee health and wellbeing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows. According to research by Employee Benefits, which surveyed 200 HR decision-makers, 46% of organisations said they have boosted their employee health and wellbeing offerings in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Employee Benefits Healthcare research 2020 also …

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Sandwich Generation Hardest Hit Mentally By Pandemic

In Family, Health and Wellness, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

My colleague Claire recently wrote about Employee Wellbeing & The State Benefits Gap. In her post, Claire highlighted how workers tend to overestimate the amount of support they would receive from the state if they fell ill. She also explained how only a tiny proportion of UK SMEs have suitable safeguards, like group income protection, in place. Now, new research …

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Baby Boomers’ Health & Wellbeing Concerns Employers Most – GRiD

In Health and Wellness, Industry News, Protection by Claire Ginnelly

Employers are more concerned about the health and wellbeing of baby boomers than they are any other generation in the workplace, new research reveals. Generally defined as people born from 1946 to 1964, during the post–World War II baby boom, baby boomers are fast approaching retirement. Nevertheless, they are the generation that employers worry about most when it comes to …