Wellbeing

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 […]

AMAZON IN MORE HOT WATER OVER TREATMENT OF UK EMPLOYEES

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 […]

Wellness Programs: You’re Throwing Money Away If You Only Focus On Engagement

Nearly 80 percent of employers offer some form of wellness program, according to a 2015 Business Wire survey. And for good reason: An effective program provides a slew of benefits, from increased employee productivity and morale to a better healthcare bottom line. But with so much conflicting information surrounding employee wellness programs, it’s easy to […]

ONE IN FOUR EMPLOYEES PESTERED BY BOSS WHILE ON HOLIDAY

  With the school summer holidays upon us, many people are looking forward to a well-deserved break from work. Your out of office is on, you’ve packed your suitcase and printed your boarding pass, but you might still find yourself struggling to switch off from work. Particularly given new research from Mind has found that […]

HARD WORKING EMPLOYEES SUFFERING FROM FATIGUE AND APATHY

  Half of UK workers, the equivalent to 15 million people  (51%), sometimes feel pressurised or exhausted by work , according to the new Britain at Work Study; with Brits regularly working over their contracted hours, sacrificing social and family arrangements and sometimes coming home from work exhausted. The study, which paints a mixed picture […]