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Delivering SMEs With Cancer Support Through Employee Benefits

In Business, Employee Benefits, Healthcare by Tom Pullinger

A cancer diagnosis is always extremely difficult to come to terms with. The uncertainty it creates, coupled with the need to take time off from work and the potential financial implications only exacerbate the situation. But while an employee having time off to receive cancer treatment and begin the road to recovery can often be absorbed by large corporations, the …

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Let’s Keep Business Protection Front Of Mind

In Business, Industry News, Protection by Paul Howell

Business protection, or Key Person Insurance as it’s also known, is insurance that helps protect a business against the financial effects of a key person being diagnosed with a critical illness or dying. When you consider that for the majority of businesses, their most valuable asset is there people, by not taking out business protection, they are risking their entire …

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5 Tips To Improve Your Heart Health

In Industry News by Rebekah Bree

According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), there are more than 7.4 million people living with a heart or circulatory disease in the UK. That’s around twice as many as are living with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease combined. Furthermore, every year more than a quarter (27%) of all deaths in the UK are caused by heart and circulatory diseases – …

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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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Why Employee Benefits Programmes Fail

In Business, Employee Benefits, Protection by Raina Dhillon

Earlier this year, we wrote about some of the considerations employers need to recognise when managing an increasingly age-diverse workforce. Failure to do so – especially when it comes to employee benefits – can result in organisations missing out on opportunities to engage and motivate their workforce, as well as struggle to retain the best talent. But why do employee …

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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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Report Reveals Impact Of Stress-Related Conditions On Health Systems

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Healthcare by Stephen Ellis

Britons are stressed and it’s costing the NHS exorbitant sums to deal with, a new report suggests. According to research by the Cigna and Asia Care Group, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Brits suffer from stress, and stress-related illnesses accounted for more than 68 million GP appointments, 3 million emergency department visits, 9 million outpatient attendances and 5.5 million inpatient admissions. …

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Employee Assistance Programmes: High Impact And Cost Effective

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Stephen Ellis

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are designed to support employees with work and life challenges. The death of a loved one, the end of a long-term relationship and even workplace personality conflicts are all examples of issues covered by EAPs. Over the years, EAPs have been developing at a rapid rate. Indeed, according to the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), access …