Stress makes one in five sick but almost all lie about the reason

As National Stress Awareness Day approaches research reveals stress has forced one in five workers (19%) to call in sick, and 93 per cent of these people say they have lied to their boss about the real reason for not turning up. Wednesday 4th November marks National Stress Awareness Day (NSAD), an annual event organised […]

Well-Being Enhances Benefits of Employee Engagement

Story Highlights Engagement and well-being are keys to employee performance Just 32% of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs Leaders can make a substantial difference in employee well-being Two major factors influence employee performance, Gallup has found: engagement and well-being. Gallup measures engagement for employees through the Q12 survey, which consists of 12 actionable […]

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Over a fifth (22%) of the UK workforce did not use all their paid holiday allowance in 2014, according to the latest research from Canada Life Group Insurance. The findings suggest employees are being prevented from taking the time off they are entitled to. The number of employees not taking their full holiday allowance has […]

More staff working when they are sick, say employers

Nearly a third of employers have reported an increase in people coming to work while they are ill. The survey of nearly 600 employers finds that 31% of employers have seen an increase in so-called ‘presenteeism’ in the last 12 months. The annual CIPD / Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey  also shows that presenteeism is more […]

Nine in ten employees still come into work when sick

New research demonstrates the continued problem of presenteeism in the UK, as almost nine in ten employees (89%) say they have come into work while unwell according to Canada Life Group Insurance. This is down by 4 percentage points from last year but represents over 27 million people, suggesting more needs to be done to […]

The UK’s healthiest companies revealed

The 2015 Britain’s Healthiest Company awards have recognised healthcare company  Johnson & Johnson as the healthiest large company, fitness company Adidas UK the healthiest medium-sized company and insurer Old Mutual as the healthiest small company. The awards, launched in 2013, are based on Britain’s largest and most comprehensive annual workplace wellness survey and this year […]

Retirement is good for you after all

Retired people are using their leisure time to become healthier than when they were working, research suggests. A study presented at the annual congress of the European Economic Association in Mannheim, Germany, provides a corrective to the conventional view that retirement is the first stage in a person’s declining health. After studying data on German retirees, […]

NHS workers to be offered Zumba classes to help cut sickness rates

NHS workers are to be offered counselling, physiotherapy and Zumba classes as part of a new drive to cut sickness rates. Staff absences are estimated to cost the NHS some £2.4bn a year. Under the measures, NHS organisations will be told to serve healthier food, promote exercise, reduce stress and provide regular health checks. Workers will […]


Employees in Amazon’s UK distribution centres have developed physical and mental illnesses because of their punishing work arrangements, the GMB trade union has claimed The American giant had a “chew them up and spit them out” attitude to its distribution centre staff in the UK, the union told The Times newspaper. The claims came after The New […]