Employers have said the government’s fit note is failing to return staff to work, despite findings that showed 71% of employees agreed the tool had been helpful in getting them back to work.18 Jun 2013
If an employee is satisfied in their working environment, they’re ‘much more likely to not go absent in the first place', according to Legal & General employer service director Glenn Laming.12 Jun 2013
Coordination of relevant data monitoring and adopting a ‘drilled-down’ approach is key in successful sickness absence management, according to Royal College of Physicians independent consultant Jude Williams.12 Jun 2013
Judges have ruled that work capability assessments (WCA) conducted to decide eligibility for certain disability benefits discriminate against those with mental illness.28 May 2013
Following on from the reforms implemented as a result of the Sickness Absence Review, WSB hosted the Managing Sickness Absence Forum. Hannah Uttley looks at the key themes and what steps employers should be taking.17 May 2013
A culture of ‘all work and no play’ in the UK is damaging family life and causing high stress levels, according to Medicash.16 May 2013
Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget included many measures affecting the workplace savings and benefits arena. Owain Thomas reports the key changes.14 May 2013
The majority of British workers are feeling more pressured to attend work when unwell than they used to, research has found.13 May 2013
A national physiotherapy network aimed at insurers, solicitors, employers and occupational health professionals has been launched to maximise clinical outcomes for injured parties.08 May 2013
The vast majority of GPs believe that helping patients to stay in or return to work is an important part of their role.08 May 2013
The vast majority (93%) of the UK workforce have attended work while sick, including more than three quarters of those with mental health issues, according to Canada Life research.07 May 2013
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has supported cycle to work schemes and called on employers to do more to encourage people to cycle.26 Apr 2013
In a difficult economy, it is important for both employees and companies to help staff back to work as soon as possible after injury or illness. Stephanie Spicer looks at the options.24 Apr 2013
Employee benefits as an intervention to address sickness absence will not work alone if employers do not focus on suitable job design for their employees, an expert in workplace health has warned.18 Apr 2013
Legal and General has revealed it paid 99.2% of all new group income protection claims received in 2012.15 Apr 2013
The vast majority of employers now report absence management statistics with almost half believing that encouraging it was a good idea.15 Apr 2013
Workplace health initiatives, specifically for mental health should be treated as part of a firms operational risk profile not as a separate health issue, according to behavioural psychologists.12 Apr 2013
The insurance industry needs to build packages that are more accessible to lower earners and lesser ranked workers to help bring rising sickness absences down, Dame Carol Black has said.12 Apr 2013
Two hundred thousand member companies of the Federation of Small Business are set to benefit from access to a broader range of health and wellbeing services, in order to reduce sickness absence costs.11 Apr 2013
Just one in ten (11%) UK businesses are committed to improving health as part of the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal which aims to tackle problems such as obesity, new research reveals.09 Apr 2013
The programme for the Pensions and Benefits Show, which takes place on 12-13 June at ExCel in London, has now been unveiled.
WSB has launched the Workplace Savings and Benefits Awards 2013 - the only award event to recognise both employer and provider excellence.
The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2013 report is developed from an annual survey of over 1,000 experts from industry, government, academia and civil society who were asked to review a landscape of 50 global risks.
Aviva has successfully supported employers through staging and implementation of auto-enrolment. Thankfully, none have needed the thornbush, and none have come close to the cliffs, but all have struggled at times with the enforced downhill speed toward their staging date. So what have we learned so far?