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Suicide Prevention Day 2021: 4 ways to talk to staff about suicide

By Employee Management, Health, Health and Safety, Health and Wellbeing

2021 has been another challenging year for everybody, with COVID-19 introducing more non-work-related stress than ever and the continued impacts of the pandemic, from managing personal finances to your health, have compounded the effects of the pressure for everyone. The ONS found that in 2021: 1 in 5 (21%) adults experienced some form of depression in Q1 2021, a 19% increase since November 2020. 4 in 10 (43%) women aged 16 to 29 experience depressive symptoms, compared with around 2 in 10 (26%) of men of the same age. But suicide remains a very concerning issue and something that everyone…

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How HR can prepare for the anticipated office return

Ask an Expert: Founder of Management & Safety Training Ltd, Andy Farrall, on how HR can prepare for the anticipated office return

By Health and Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Human Resources

For the first time in almost half a year, the R number has fallen again in the UK, which means that coronavirus infections continue to decrease. The positive effect of national lockdowns and introducing the first wave of the COVID-19 vaccine has seen the R number in the UK be placed between 0.7 and 0.9. This information is coupled with the recent announcement that all adults are set to be offered the vaccine by 31 July under Boris Johnson’s accelerated plan, as the Prime Minister plans his roadmap out of lockdown. Coming back to work can be stressful, but with…

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returning to the workplace

Returning to the workplace: what HR needs to know

By COVID-19, Health and Safety, Human Resources

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

Using HR software to support your employees H&W

By Employee Wellbeing, Health and Safety, Team

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

Last updated 06/09/21 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? 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….

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