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Wellbeing

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DWP admits employer links to HWS are 'very important'

Links between employers and the Health and Work Service (HWS) will be “very important” but will not be required in every case, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted.

05 Mar 2014
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Health and Work Service providers will not be paid on return to work success

Providers running the national Health and Work Service (HWS) will not be incentivised to return people to work.

05 Mar 2014
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DWP: HWS will compliment employer OH services

The Health and Work Service (HWS) is expected to compliment not conflict with in-house occupational health (OH) services, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says.

05 Mar 2014
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Employers will embrace Health and Work Service

The vast majority of employers are intending to embrace two key government initiatives in the battle to combat sickness absence, a poll finds.

04 Mar 2014
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Unison hits out at government 'obsession with absence'

Unison has criticised the government's “obsession with absence rates” after national statistics were published showing the number of absences per year had dropped by 40% since 1993.

03 Mar 2014
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British employees work ‘among longest hours in Europe’

The jobs recovery and rising work pressure led to UK employees working record amounts of unpaid overtime last year, according to findings revealed by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

28 Feb 2014
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NHS faces high presenteeism challenge

Two thirds of NHS staff (67%) admitted to coming to work when unwell in the last year, indicating presenteeism as a serious issue within the organisation.

26 Feb 2014
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Sickness absence falls by almost 40% in 20 years

The average number of days lost to sickness absence has fallen by almost 40% since 1993, dropping from an average of 7.2 days per worker to 4.4 days in 2013.

25 Feb 2014
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Canada Life adds Best Doctors online GP service

Canada Life is expanding its Best Doctors service offering with the launch of Doctor Online.

21 Feb 2014
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WSB AWARDS: ENTRY CLOSES TODAY

Today is the last day for entries to the WSB Awards 2014.

19 Feb 2014
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Aviva widens EAP eligibility

Aviva is allowing all employees within an organisation with a group income protection (GIP) policy to access its Employee Assistance programme (EAP).

17 Feb 2014
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One million more workers receiving workplace benefits in last year

The number of workers without access to workplace benefits has dropped by around one million over the last 12 months, according to research.

14 Feb 2014
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Mental health issues cost UK employers £37bn a year

Failure to tackle mental health issues is costing the UK around 4.5% of GDP every year with employers bearing more than half this, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

11 Feb 2014
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One million long-term absences occur every year

UK employers suffer almost one million long-term sickness absences each year, according to official government statistics released today.

07 Feb 2014
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Pensions and Benefits UK – Register now

Registration for complimentary tickets to Pensions and Benefits UK is now open.

07 Feb 2014
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Govt backs investment in staff wellbeing

Employment minister Jo Swinson MP has urged employers to invest in the wellbeing of their workforce – noting that there was growing evidence for benefits to businesses and the wider economy when doing so.

06 Feb 2014
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Employment minister: "I strongly support workplace wellbeing"

Minister for Employment Relations Jo Swinson MP writes about the benefits to employers of supporting a healthy workforce.

06 Feb 2014
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Hospitality industry gets employee assistance programme

Hospitality Action has launched an employee assistance programme (EAP) to support the 3m employees working across the catering and hospitality industry in the UK.

06 Feb 2014
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Independent Scotland could cause DB scheme closures

Almost half of employers believe an independent Scotland should introduce tax breaks for organisations that offer workplace health and wellbeing programmes.

05 Feb 2014
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Office workers spend five years sat at their desk

UK office workers spend around 55% of their working day sat down, with almost 60% admitting to not taking a lunch break or instead eating at their desk, a survey finds.

05 Feb 2014

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WSB Awards 2014

WSB is launching its 2014 Awards to identify the best the workplace savings and benefits arena has to offer. The awards will be presented at a black tie dinner on Thursday, 11 September at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.

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WSB's Pensions and Benefits UK

WSB is holding the Pensions & Benefits UK 2014 event in central London on 20-21 May at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre. Register your place now.

Briefings

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Applying behavioural economics at the Financial Conduct Authority

This two part paper summarises the main lessons from behavioural economics for retail financial markets and describes how behavioural economics can, and should, be used in the regulation of financial conduct.

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Considerations when planning your communications strategy

This guide will look at the various methods of communication that are used to educate and engage your workforce and highlight the importance of identifying which method of communication would work best for your workforce.

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