08 July 2015

Managing Bereavement Absence in the Workplace

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Managing Bereavement Absence in the Workplace

By law, all employees are entitled to a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with bereavement. But what is reasonable? It is a word that can mean something different to all of us.

19 June 2015

How Do Seasonal Holidays Affect Your Business?

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How Do Seasonal Holidays Affect Your Business?

Seasonal holidays can be a daunting prospect if not managed properly. With summer just around the corner we are approaching a peak period for employees wishing to take time off from work at the same time.

22 May 2015

Understanding Mental Health Conditions

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Understanding Mental Health Conditions

A survey by the Centre of Economics and Business Research of over 800 HR professionals has highlighted that 10 per cent of businesses have or will employ someone with dementia. The number of people with dementia is expected to rise to 1 million by 2025, which makes understanding the condition a priority for business owners.

10 April 2015

Dealing With Stress in The Workplace

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Dealing With Stress in The Workplace

Challenging ourselves and doing things to the best of our ability within the workplace are important for making work meaningful. When successful, these challenges can be rewarding, which in turn, provides a good confidence boost. However, it is essential to keep a suitable balance between work and home life to avoid feeling tired, overworked or stressed.

07 April 2015

Why NHS Health and Wellbeing Shouldn’t be Overlooked

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Why NHS Health and Wellbeing Shouldn’t be Overlooked

A report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has highlighted that more than a third of NHS trusts have yet to introduce a workplace health and wellbeing plan, this is despite past evidence of its impact on the care of patients.

Many NHS staff admitted to feeling a personal responsibility to attend work even when they are unwell. With this in mind, Health and wellbeing in the NHS is still too often looked at as an optional extra with less than two thirds of NHS trusts (65%) having a staff health and wellbeing plan in place.

16 March 2015

Businesses in the UK Continue to Fail Employees on Mental Health Issues

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Businesses in the UK Continue to Fail Employees on Mental Health Issues

A recent survey has revealed that almost three quarters of businesses in the UK do not currently have a plan to deal with mental health issues within the workplace.

The survey which was carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Institute of Directors (IoD) shows that at present 74% of employees say they would prefer to discuss mental health concerns with someone outside of the workplace, and only 7% of UK businesses have actually discussed mental health issues with their employees.

23 February 2015

Bullying in the Workplace

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Bullying in the Workplace

Bullying at work can have detrimental effects on both employees and their employers, and can present itself in various forms. This could be abuse targeted at an individual’s age, race, sex, or religion for instance.

Put simply, workplace bullying can be defined as unwanted harassment, abuse, or offensive behaviour, which affects a person’s dignity at work. It can take place through verbal communication, written form, email, phone and more.

28 January 2015

Return to Work Interview

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Return to Work Interview

Many managers look at a return to work interview as a chore and do not take it seriously, yet it is an extremely powerful tool to help both the employee and employer understand what has happened and what needs to happen in the future to help re-establish the employee into the workplace.

23 December 2014

The Importance of Communication

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The Importance of Communication

Are you currently absent from work through sickness? Are you worried about the effects it could be having on your job?

It is very important to communicate with your employer while you are off work. If you don’t communicate with them then they will be forced to make decisions about you.

Keep in touch with them and update them about your sickness or reason for absence. If you have been to see the doctor and they have given you advice then let your employer know, such as how long they expect you to be absent.

22 December 2014

Effect of Unplanned Absences in the Retail Sector

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Effect of Unplanned Absences in the Retail Sector

What do you think the worst scenario could be for a retail boss in the run up to Christmas? In a recent survey carried out by Barclays the biggest fear for bosses and the one that could keep them awake at night is the thought of their website crashing.

With online shopping becoming more and more popular this is quite understandable. With billions of pounds being spent in the festive period you wouldn’t want to be the business losing out on sales due to a failure with your website.

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