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Returning to the workplace: what HR needs to know

By | COVID-19, Health and Safety, Human Resources | No Comments

Since the Prime Minister addressed the nation on the evening of Monday 23rd of March, large swathes of the UK’s workforce transitioned to a new normal of working from home in order to protect themselves against the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As many businesses made the decision that evening to introduce remote working for the foreseeable; our Wednesday evenings turned into a nationwide appreciation for our key workers as doctors, nurses and supermarket staff continued their vital work to protect public health and safety throughout the pandemic. But in sectors where working from home wasn’t possible or where businesses…

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Using HR software to support your employees H&W

By | Employee Wellbeing, Health and Safety, Team | No Comments

Now, more than ever, the health and wellbeing of your workforce is considered one of the most crucial elements towards a successful company and let’s not forget, it’s also morally imperative. After all, happy employees are going to, in turn, be more efficient and productive, so it begs the question:,why aren’t more businesses finding new, innovative ways to enhance their health and wellbeing strategy? According to Mates In Mind, sickness absence costs companies £8.4 billion every year, but presenteeism is a more costly issue, accounting for 1.5 times the cost of absenteeism.  In other words, if your only focus is…

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What is the HASAWA?

What is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?

By | Employment Law, FAQs, Health and Safety | No Comments

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (often referred to as the HASAWA or HSW) is the main piece of UK legislation that details the duties of employers regarding health and safety in the workplace. What is the Health and Safety at Work Act? In summary, the Health and Safety at Work Act outlines the legal duties that employers have to protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees. This also extends to other people visiting the workplace premises such as temporary workers, casual workers, self-employed workers, clients, visitors and the general public. In…

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Is it too hot to work? A HR Guide to Working Temperatures

By | Employee Engagement, Employee Management, Employment Law, Health, Health and Safety | No Comments

It’s hot, summer is finally here and the burning question on everyone’s lips is “Is it too hot to work?” Whether you work in an air-conditioned office, a school, a factory or even outdoors as the temperature rises, so do levels of irritability with everyone thinking the same “Is it too hot to work?” In the UK, according to www.gov.uk ” indoor workplace temperatures must be reasonable” but from an HR Manager’s perspective, that’s not clear. Can employees go home if it’s too hot or not? The answer is complicated because legally there is no law for maximum working temperatures….

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Doctors warn us we may be killing ourselves at work

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The World Health Organisation has called inactivity a “modern-day crisis” which leads has been identified as the 4th leading risk factor for deaths – causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths worldwide. Worryingly, this looks like it affects the majority of us as research by Westfield Health has shown that 60% of British workers spend the majority of their day sat down. From the same survey, it seems that 55% of us spend less than 20 minutes of walking per day and 51% of us only ever leave our desks for lunch or the bathroom. As a manager, it goes without…

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