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Brits At Risk Of Being Left Financially Exposed

In Individual, Industry News, Protection by Rebecca Faulks

Statutory Sick Pay (or SSP) is flagging behind inflation, meaning millions of Brits would be left financially exposed if they were to get hit by an illness or injury, new research shows. According to the analysis by Cirencester Friendly Society, SSP has risen by just £25.14 since 2016 – from £383.28 to £408.42 per month. This is significantly less than …

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The High Cost Of Poor Mental Health In The Workplace

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Poor mental health at work costs UK businesses up to £45 billion a year, new research has found, and it’s presenteeism, not absences, that is having the biggest impact. According to the report from Deloitte and mental health charity Mind, presenteeism – defined as employees turning up for work despite feeling unwell – costs UK employers between £26 billion and …

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The Medical Insurance Proposition: More Compelling Than Ever

In Industry News by Rebecca Faulks

A significant number of office workers are turning to Dr Google when they have symptoms, before booking an appointment with their GPs, new research shows. According to the poll by Aetna International, which surveyed 4,000 employees in the UK, US, UAE and Singapore, nearly half (43%) of office workers look up any symptoms they are experiencing online first before reaching …

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Supporting Women’s Health In The Workplace

In Health and Wellness, Individual, Industry News by Rebekah Bree

The obvious reality is that health requirements of women and men are different, yet this is something that’s been (for far too long) overlooked in the workplace. As a result, many women have switched employers, moved to part-time hours, turned down promotion opportunities or retired early – all of which cause businesses to lose valuable talent. But attitudes about women’s …

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Why It’s So Important Employers Address Mental Health In The Workplace

In Employee Benefits, Industry News, Mental Health by Stephen Ellis

When Lloyds Banking Group chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio approached his boss, Sir Win Bischoff, in late 2011 to request time off because of a stress-related condition, the chairman found himself in a position that he had not encountered in a career spanning six decades.   At the time, the situation was rare in the financial services world, an industry where it’s …

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Obesity & Cancer – Are You Prepared For A Critical Illness?

In Family, Healthcare, Industry News by Stephen Ellis

A new study has warned that rising levels of obesity will result in more people developing cancer and dying prematurely. According to researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, being overweight or obese increases the risk of getting any type of cancer by 12%. This includes leukaemia, breast cancer, kidney cancer, gallbladder cancer, brain cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For the …

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Millennials Most Likely To Be Absent Over Christmas (But Not Because Of Hangovers)

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Paul Connolly

While Christmas is usually associated with love, happiness and presents, research suggests it’s a time of year when a significant number of employees struggle to cope and take unplanned absence from work as a result. As the pressures of juggling family, health and care demands, as well as work commitments increases over the festive period, so too does the number …

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Why Employers Need To Engage Their Gen X Employees

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Raina Dhillon

Much focus is being placed by companies on pleasing their millennial workforce, with employee benefits packages often being tailored to appeal to this cohort. But while this is obviously a good thing for this generation of employees, companies are running the risk of alienating another important part of their workforce: the Generation Xers. Gen X is the hardest working demographic …

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SMEs Set To Expand Benefits To Attract & Retain Talent

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

It’s no secret that the UK is currently suffering from a definitive skills shortage. The skills gaps – which is the difference in skills required within a business and the actual skills the workforce has – is one of the reasons why the UK has the lowest productivity among the G7. According to an independent study by recruitment specialist Robert …