Mental Health: What are the challenges facing employers in the ‘new normal’?

The ‘new normal’ sees more of us working from home than ever before, with no prospect of a return to the office any time soon. A remote workforce presents a new set of challenges for employers – one of which is supporting employee’s good mental health.

Here, HR expert Sue Hook discusses the impact of this shift on business Read More…

By |2020-11-11T10:47:01+00:00November 10th, 2020|

Working in Hot Weather – HOT Tips for Employers!

With the weather heating up, make sure you protect your employees when working in hot temperatures!

In the UK, whilst there is no maximum temperature that a workplace is allowed to be, advice from the Health & Safety Executive states that temperatures within workplaces should be ‘reasonable’. What is classed as reasonable will depend on the type of Read More…

By |2017-09-18T13:05:50+00:00July 20th, 2017|

Sick of Sickness? Employee sickness trends reported….

South West Business recently reported that the number of sick days taken by staff in the south west is far higher than the current national average, and could be costing the south west economy up to £50bn a year (link here http://bit.ly/29RAvND).

Sickness in London is reported as 1.5%, compared to a whopping 2.1% in the South West.

We Read More…

By |2017-03-10T10:53:22+00:00January 6th, 2017|

Healthy tips for surviving the Christmas Party…

Our top 10 healthy tips for surviving the Office Christmas Party:

  1. Eat a big lunch during the day, so that you don’t arrive at the party with an empty stomach.
  2. Keep a bottle of water on your desk, and drink from it all day so that you start the evening already dehydrated. Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres/6 glasses of Read More…
By |2015-11-24T09:00:36+00:00November 24th, 2015|

Healthy Workplace

Work-related stress is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe ” after musculoskeletal disorders. Around half of workers consider it to be common in their workplace.

Some more sobering statistics:

  • 50- 60% of all lost working days can be attributed to work-related stress.
  • In a recent European poll conducted by EU-OSHA the most common causes of work-related stress cited Read More…
By |2015-04-13T13:00:47+00:00April 13th, 2015|

Drug Driving – are you in the know?

New drug driving legislation came into force on 2nd March 2015.  The Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014 introduce a new offence of driving, attempting to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place under the influence of 16 specified drugs, where the amount in the Read More…

By |2015-03-08T21:37:33+00:00March 8th, 2015|

Healthy Workplace

Mince PieDid you know that the average mince pie has over 200 calories?  That’s 10% of your recommended daily intake in one snack!

So, here are our top tips for how to burn 200 calories without having to visit the gym:

  1. An hour’s shopping can easily burn 200 calories, even more if you’re Read More…
By |2014-12-15T09:00:36+00:00December 15th, 2014|

National Stress Awareness Day

As well as being one of my favourite nights of the year, November 5th also marks National Stress Awareness Day 2014.  According to the Office for National Statistics, 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2011.  But, stress is a complicated ailment often manifesting itself in vastly different ways with a wide range of Read More…

By |2014-11-05T09:04:58+00:00November 5th, 2014|

Do you need a holiday to recover from your holiday?

Going back to work after a holiday is often a stressful and demoralising experience. The fading tan serves as a constant daily reminder of the two weeks of stress-free sun, sand and sightseeing you’ve just enjoyed, whilst your brain struggles to re-engage with ‘normal’ daily life.

The back to work blues are certainly not a myth, Read More…

By |2014-09-07T20:43:10+00:00September 7th, 2014|

Is obesity now a protected characteristic?

In a case fresh from Europe, Kaltoft v The Municipality of Billund, the Advocate General stated that in some circumstances, he considered that obesity may constitute a disability.  He made specific reference to individuals with a BMI of 40 or more, and the ability to demonstrate that their obesity has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his Read More…

By |2014-08-08T10:43:26+00:00August 8th, 2014|

Is Sickness Absence Costing More Than You Think?

ONS figures for 2012 indicate that sickness absence costs the UK economy over £14biliion a year, and although this has dropped by around £3miliion in the last 3 years, this still indicates an average absence level of 5.3 days per employee every year.

This might not seem a lot, but imagine you have 25 staff; this means that for more Read More…

By |2019-12-18T15:26:12+00:00November 1st, 2013|

The 12 HR Tips of Christmas – Day 5

On the fifth day of Christmas, my employee brought to me… Increase in absenteeism

Winter is traditionally the time when absenteeism increases as people are hit with the usual coughs and colds. However, it can also be the season of hangovers and
shoppingitis.

Ensure that your absence management policy is up to date and don’t be afraid to use it just because Read More…

By |2012-12-12T09:04:46+00:00December 12th, 2012|
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