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Employee Wellbeing

Sickness absence - mental health in the workplace

Sickness absence: Mental health in the workplace

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In 2019, research by The Mental Health Foundation uncovered an alarming 70 million working days are lost each year in the workplace due to mental health problems, costing UK employers a staggering £2.4 billion per year. Now, more than ever, mental health issues are a pinnacle talking point in the HR space, and it’s widely supported that these issues are the leading cause of sickness absence. Taking steps towards managing sickness absence with compassion has never been an easy fleet for HR, even more so if recurring patterns suggest an employee is not genuinely suffering. Although a sensitive subject, is…

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toxic work culture

Do you have a toxic work culture?

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No organisation ever sets out to have a toxic work culture but every company has the potential to have one. According to a study by Inc, 11.3% of companies reported having a toxic culture. A toxic company culture is the single greatest issue that can paralyse a workforce. It may be a slow process for it to rear its ugly head but nevertheless it will erode creativity and stifle innovation. In a world where employees have more choice from organisations fighting to attract the top talent and locations becoming more obsolete due to working from home policies and improved technology;…

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thomas cook demise

What can HR learn from the demise of Thomas Cook?

By | Employee Relations, Employee Wellbeing, Employment Law, Human Resources | No Comments

This week has seen the collapse of one of the longest standing businesses in the UK: Thomas Cook. Established in 1841, the company that was once the face of the UK high street announced it had entered liquidation with immediate effect shortly after 2am on Monday 23rd September, leaving 9,000 people in the UK without a job. But what can HR professionals learn from the demise of such an historic organisation? Communication is key When times of difficulty arise, the worst thing you can do is keep it under your hat and pretend it isn’t happening. Thomas Cook staff were…

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What is leaveism and how can you combat it?

What is leaveism and how can you combat it?

By | Employee Management, Employee Wellbeing, Human Resources | No Comments

Coined by Dr Ian Hesketh in 2013 to describe the annual leave habits of employees, the term leaveism refers to workers taking annual leave to catch up on their workload or working outside of their contracted hours. Research by the CIPD found that 63% of UK leaders reported that leaveism had occurred in their business. As businesses become increasingly lean, the ‘always on’ culture lends itself to late night emails and employees never really getting the time to switch off away from work. While offices can be a breeding ground for distraction and interruptions, leaveism can be conducive to employees…

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How to boost engagement with a workplace wellbeing programme

By | Employee Engagement, Employee Wellbeing

It’s a fact that a happy and healthy workforce is good for business. That’s because looking after both the mental and physical wellbeing of your employees offers a host of benefits, such as: Lower absentee levels – more people at their desks, more often, means more work gets done Better performance at work – happy employees are more enthusiastic and efficient, boosting your productivity More effective recruitment – a working culture that nurtures and protects employees makes your organisation attractive to the best talent in your sector So, investing in the happiness and wellbeing of your employees not only helps…

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