Category Archives: Health and Safety

Why cyberbullying is an issue for HR

The recent news that a 17-year-old has been arrested after sending a malicious tweet to Olympic diver Tom Daley comes as a stark reminder of how hurtful online abuse can be and how quickly it can escalate. The workplace is not immune … Continue reading

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News Work/life balance ranks higher than stress as the biggest health concern for employers

Work/life balance is the top health and wellbeing concern for employers – ahead of stress and mental health issues – according to a survey of medium and large employers by Group Risk Development (GRiD). After enduring a difficult year where … Continue reading

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UK employees’ two billion hours of unpaid overtime could create one million jobs, says TUC

The two billion hours of unpaid overtime worked last year would be enough to create over a million extra full-time jobs, according to the TUC. The total amount of unpaid overtime worked last year was 1,968 million hours – worth … Continue reading

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Workers on long-term sick leave face tougher assessment tests

Employees on long-term sick leave face being assessed on their fitness to work by independent doctors instead of their own GP, under plans to be recommended to ministers. An independent review of sickness absence is believed to have concluded that … Continue reading

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Leaders plugged into health and wellbeing agenda

Two-thirds of HR professionals feel their board make health a business priority The health and wellbeing of staff is a priority for the majority of business leaders, according to the latest People Management mini-survey of HR professionals. Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) … Continue reading

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Retirement: post DRA, the performance management of older staff will come to the fore

Charlie Mullins, CEO, Pimlico Plumbers, the UK’s largest independent plumbing company, has become something of a flag-waver when it comes to employing older workers. About 20% of his staff are aged 55 years plus and 6% are over 65, including … Continue reading

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Health warning over dirty office desks

Dirty office desks are harbouring germs which can quickly spread among staff as firms are braced for an outbreak of sickness absence through colds and flu, a report said today. A study of desks by office supplies firm Viking in … Continue reading

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Unhealthy workers ‘costing employers billions every year’

Employees’ poor health is costing business almost £3 billion per year and significant savings could be made if employers encourage them to change their lifestyles. This is according to a report commissioned by Bupa, which focused on the effects of … Continue reading

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Health warning over drive to tackle long-term unemployed

Government plans to move long-term unemployed people off incapacity benefit (IB) into jobs has prompted warnings that the move could risk workers relapsing into ill health. Reassessments which will place many IB claimants onto jobseekers’ allowance have now got underway … Continue reading

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Ways to be level-headed about stress

It is a tough time to be an employee. Having just weathered the worst recession since the 1930s, British workers are bracing themselves for another wave of cutbacks and redundancies. Those in the public sector are especially nervous, fearing that … Continue reading

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