Monthly Archives December 2015

Workplace stress still a real issue for UK business One in four employees experiencing Workplace Stress issues, say leading Wellness Experts

Workplace stress still a real issue for UK business One in four employees experiencing Workplace Stress issues, say leading Wellness Experts As many as one in four people calling a national employee assistance helpline say that workplace stress lies at the root of their problem. That’s the worrying statistic revealed by corporate wellbeing specialist Workplace Wellness today, to coincide with National Stress Awareness Day, which took place on 4th November. The employee health and wellbeing company, which was recently acquired by RehabWorks, has seen first-hand through their Employee Assistance Programme how stress levels have risen alongside greater day-to-day demands in
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The Pros and Cons of Unlimited Holiday

The Pros and Cons of Unlimited Holiday Unlimited holiday simply means salaried employees can take as much time off as they like, whenever they wish to, so the organisation’s holiday policy, in effect, means it has no policy at all. This may be why Andrew Drake, head of flexible benefits at JLT Employee Benefits, says: “[Unlimited leave is] 100% a positive benefit but the HR world would probably cringe at the thought of implementing it.” This is likely to be because of the perceived consequences that could arise from offering a benefit that places so much trust on employees’ judgement
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Almost half of employees unaware of sickness absence support from their employer

Almost half of employees unaware of sickness absence support from their employer Nearly half (45%) of respondents are not aware or do not know whether any sickness absence support is available from their employer, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance. Its survey of 1,000 full and part-time employees found that just 9% of respondents believe that staff health and wellbeing is their employer’s top priority. More than a third (36%) name cost-efficiency as their organisation’s top concern and 26% cite employee output in relation to business profit. The research also found: Less than one in ten (8%) of
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How to keep employees motivated

How to keep employees motivated If people believe that the organisation they work for values their contribution and wants to involve them in important things, they are much more likely to feel motivated. This usually means seeking, listening to, and responding to employees’ views and suggestions, and including them in decision-making. Organisations can be good at communicating top-down to their employees, but less proficient at encouraging and dealing with upward communication. Another facet of feeling valued is a belief that the organisation cares about staff wellbeing: so when it talks about health and safety, or equal opportunities, or work-life balance,
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Government publishes new zero hours contract regulations and guidance

Government publishes new zero hours contract regulations and guidance The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 have been published in draft form and laid before Parliament. Section 27A(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 provides that a provision in a zero hours contract (ZHC) which prohibits the worker from doing work under any other contract or arrangement is unenforceable. These regulations now make provision in relation to the right for eligible individuals on a ZHC not to be unfairly dismissed or subjected to a detriment because they have breached a provision of a ZHC to which section
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