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Govt urged to reform wellbeing policy and support employers

Government must comprehensively reform its workplace health and wellbeing strategy if employers are to further invest in the area, the Health at Work Policy Unit (HaWPU) recommends.

22 Oct 2014

SMEs urged to use return to work tax relief

Dame Carol Black is hoping smaller employers will use the government’s £500 tax relief for return to work interventions after lobbying on their behalf.

22 Oct 2014
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UK firms failing to help staff quit smoking

Smoking intervention is the least popular of all health intervention programmes provided by UK companies, research reveals.

21 Oct 2014
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Large companies need to support SMEs' wellbeing policies

Large corporate organisations should be helping smaller companies to invest and develop in staff health and wellbeing strategies, according to Professor Sir Cary Cooper and Dame Carol Black.

21 Oct 2014

Workplace stress: Why now is the time to tackle the problem

Stress is the second most frequently reported work related health problem in Europe and, along with other psychosocial risks, is thought to account for more than half (50–60 %) of all lost working days.

20 Oct 2014
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Employers more positive about pension reforms than staff

Employers are much more optimistic about the pension reforms than their workers, according to Towers Watson retirement practice head Peter Rowles.

20 Oct 2014
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Financial wellbeing receives official recognition

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is to begin reporting on the economic wellbeing of the nation.

09 Oct 2014

Mental health patients given waiting time limits

Patients with mental health problems in England are to be given greater priority for treatment when waiting time targets are introduced in April.

08 Oct 2014

Employers recognise responsibility for staff health

Some 70% of businesses believe they have a responsibility to encourage physical and mental health, with 20% developing an age focused strategy, Axa PPP Healthcare has said.

08 Oct 2014
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Stress affects health of one in three MPs every week

Almost a third (29%) of MPs admit their health suffers every week due to workplace stress, with a quarter feeling stressed a lot of the time.

07 Oct 2014

Mental health ‘culture of silence’ requires ‘urgent action’

UK employees are continuing to hide mental health conditions from their employers in fear that it will damage their career prospects, findings from Friends Life reveal.

07 Oct 2014

CIPD: Absence falls but presenteeism rises

Falling absence levels across the UK are being replaced by an increase in presenteeism while mental health problems are increasing among many organisations.

06 Oct 2014
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Employee caring responsibilities increase absence levels

More than a third of employers are witnessing increasing absence levels because staff are struggling to balance caring responsibilities with work.

06 Oct 2014
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ILC: Time to ditch notion of retirement

The concept of retirement as we know it today may no longer have any use in the future if businesses are to fully adapt to an ageing workforce, a report argues.

03 Oct 2014
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DWP saves £3.4m as sickness absence hits record low

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has cut its sickness absence rate to its lowest recorded level and is now below the national private sector average.

03 Oct 2014

Two-thirds of men with cancer 'happy' with employer support

Almost two-thirds (62%) of men who have completed cancer treatment have had a positive experience of returning to work, research has found.

30 Sep 2014

NICE guidance urges employers to promote culture of workplace wellbeing

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) wants employers to give line managers more flexibility and power to support workers’ health and wellbeing.

24 Sep 2014
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NHS chief demands financial incentives for healthy workplaces

Employers who provide workplace health programmes could be offered financial incentives under proposals suggested by the head of the NHS.

18 Sep 2014
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Higher emotional intelligence boosts productivity and profits

HR professionals have the second highest emotional intelligence of all industry sectors, according to a ten year study.

18 Sep 2014

L&G adds calorie labels to stairs

Legal & General (L&G) has labelled its office stairs with a calorie burn smart-sign system to encourage employees to take the stairs instead of the lifts.

17 Sep 2014


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