SMEs can play a significant role in tackling cancer and supporting employees

10th February 2020

With one in two people expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, a fact highlighted on World Cancer Day on 4 February, SMEs can play a crucial role in supporting employees from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation – according to Towergate Health & Protection. SMEs employ over 16 million people in the UK,… Read more »

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Hearing protection not provided to a third of employees

6th September 2019

Research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare today reveals that one-third (34%) of employees who require hearing protection for work purposes are not provided with it by their employer. The research took place among employers in all business sizes across the UK. Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, commented: ‘Employers themselves acknowledge that… Read more »

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Five scenarios to engage Millennials and Gen Z in added-value benefits

24th April 2019

With youth can come a feeling of invincibility and that can wrongly influence the employee benefits decisions made by Millennials and Generation Z, according to RedArc. The earlier a young workforce appreciates how employers can support them, beyond the paycheque, the better for their overall health and wellbeing. While there’s definitely a place for benefits… Read more »

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Vast majority of stress not caused by work

18th April 2019

Stress can be caused by numerous factors, but work often isn’t the main culprit, according to The Health Insurance Group. The company runs regular forums for their staff to discuss their mental wellbeing, and life outside work consistently ranks as the biggest cause of stress. As businesses look to support the mental wellbeing of their… Read more »

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Supporting mental health isn’t global

15th April 2019

Employers need to be mindful of the significant differences globally in how mental health is viewed and treated, when it comes to managing an international workforce. Disparities in both attitudes to, and treatment of, mental ill-health could make the difference between an international post succeeding or failing, if not understood and managed effectively. It is… Read more »

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Overlooking rare diseases is a risk not worth taking, warns The Health Insurance Group

4th March 2019

The world is awash with business opportunities, from exploring natural resources in Antarctica to jumping on the rapid economic growth in Laos and Myanmar,* – controversially or otherwise, companies are always on the lookout for the next big break. Sending staff overseas to explore new ventures is par for the course, and Rare Diseases Day… Read more »

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Issues for Baby boomers on their Health and wellbeing

7th December 2018

Whilst legislation has caught up with the times, removing the Default Retirement Age which allows individuals to work past the traditional age of retirement, it appears that employers’ attitudes towards the older generations may be at risk of not keeping pace. Despite ‘Baby Boomers’ (aged 54-71) making up 33% of the workforce, they can often… Read more »

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In 2019 SMEs need to engage their staff earlier to engage them in health and wellbeing

5th December 2018

Looking after the health and wellbeing of staff is now widely recognised as integral to fulfilling business objectives. We now have more knowledge of what staff really need, but for health and wellbeing policies to be effective we need to ensure they’re what staff really want. Brett Hill, managing director for The Health Insurance Group… Read more »

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GRiD urges employers to inform staff about mental health support for young people

10th October 2018

As World Mental Health Day focuses on the needs of young employees this year, GRiD, the trade body for the group risk industry wants to highlight the support that’s available for young employees within group risk protection products (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness benefits). Support for mental health is wide ranging and… Read more »

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Case for early intervention in mental health conditions – crucial

9th October 2018

Figures collated from 400 of RedArc’s patients over a five-year period show that early intervention is crucial in treating mental health conditions, this World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2018. Based on the PHQ9 and GAD7 questionnaires commonly used to diagnose and measure the severity of anxiety and depression, where early clinical assessments are in… Read more »