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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 …

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More Evidence to Support How Crucial a Financial Backup Plan Is

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

New figures have revealed a surge in the number of working age men and women suffering from strokes in the UK each year; a reality that adds further weight to the argument for having a financial backup strategy in place. The Stroke Association analysed national hospital admission data spanning 2000 to 2014 and found that the number of strokes affecting …

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Despite Improving Employment Rates, Accident and Sickness Shouldn’t be Forgotten

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

Protection industry experts have welcomed the recent fall in UK unemployment rates. But despite the buoyant job market, individuals are still being urged to remember that sudden ill health or disability could put their finances at risk. Official government figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people out of work in the UK in the …

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The Traditional “Breadwinner” Role is Changing

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

A recent study has revealed that a quarter of young women now earn more than their partners, but as a result they feel more under pressure and have been urged to think about insuring their finances. The study found that one in five women now generate the majority of their household’s income. In women aged under 24, this figure increased …

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Virtual GP Appointments set to Shake up the Medical Insurance Industry

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

Technology is changing the way the private medical insurance industry operates and the proliferation of mobile apps and online services are having a profound effect on how individuals expect their healthcare concerns to be handled. Today’s workforce has come to expect almost immediate access to services and the same applies when it comes to their healthcare. The introduction of online …

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Next UK Government Needs to Take Action on Health & Wellbeing Say Employers

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

According to recent research, almost a fifth (19%) of UK employers and employees want the next government to take more action when it comes to staff wellbeing. The research, which was conducted by Group Risk Development (GRiD), surveyed 500 UK businesses with between five and 1,000 employees, as well as 1,000 UK workers. It found that in addition to the …

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Dental Plans, It’s All about Engagement

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

Employee Health and Wellbeing has increased dramatically in importance for companies, and many employers have recognised the impact a healthy workforce has on motivation and performance. The proportion of companies offering a dental plan to their employees has risen significantly compared with last year, reaching nearly half (51%) in large companies. However, the challenge is for companies to select a …

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Fit for Work – Has the Government Gone Far Enough with Its New Initiative to Tackle Employee Absenteeism?

In Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

The government’s radical new Fit for Work scheme has been implemented recently in an attempt to tackle the ‘sick-note’ culture that has emerged in the UK and costs the economy billions of pounds every year. Under the new government initiative, anyone who is sick for more than four weeks will be referred by their GP to a company that will …

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At Last! Good News Re Sickness Absence Rates

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

According to a new survey, 40% of UK employers have seen their sickness absence rates improve over the last year. This figure represents a six percent increase over last year and is in complete contrast to the 15 % of employers who said their sickness absence rates had worsened. The survey, conducted by Group Risk Development (GRiD), interviewed 500 UK …

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NHS Budget Faces Funding Gap Which Could Affect Cancer Patients

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

The UK government’s plans to reduce the country’s deficit have meant that many public services have seen their budgets slashed or frozen over the last 12 months. One area where this is particularly evident is the NHS, whose budget for 2015 has been set at around £100 billion – protected from cuts but increased only by the rate of inflation. …

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Mental Health Disorders – Now the Most Common Work-related Health Issues

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

A new study has found that more than half of all work-related ill health issues reported by occupational health physicians nowadays are due to mental health disorders. Furthermore, mental health disorders in the workplace now surpass musculoskeletal problems. Employers should sit up and take note of this shift Employers are now being urged to invest more in workplace health and …