Category Archives: Financial Impact

Fit for Work to tackle long-term absence through advice and occupational health assessments

It’s been announced that Fit for Work will be launched by the Government later this year to provide health and work advice and an occupational health assessment to employees, employers and GPs in England and Wales to help people return to or … Continue reading

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Health and Work Service – helping those with four weeks’ sickness absence to return to work

The new Health and Work Service (the Service) has been receiving a substantial amount of news coverage in the past week or so as individuals, employers and organisations take stock of how the new service might affect them. Views that … Continue reading

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Effect of ill health in the workplace on worker productivity

According to research by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the annual cost of sickness absence has climbed to almost £29 billion for UK organisations. This is a mind-boggling figure, but to put it into some context, the cost of sickness absence was … Continue reading

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NICE guidance – improving the health and wellbeing of employees

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has begun the process of developing guidance (on behalf of the Department of Health) on improving the health of employees, with particular focus on the role of line managers (entitled ‘Workplace … Continue reading

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The benefits of the humble lunch break – wellbeing, productivity, decreased sickness absence?

A recent BBC report focused on the importance of office workers getting away from their desks during their lunch break. A survey carried out with 600 office workers found that: 54% regularly work through their lunch break. 53% believed the … Continue reading

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Changes to Access to Work – making it easier for people with disabilities to work

Access to Work is a specialist disability programme delivered by Jobcentre Plus, which provides practical advice and support to help disabled people and their employers overcome work-related obstacles resulting from their disability. The Access to Work programme is intended to provide … Continue reading

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Conflict at work and its effects on staff

A diary-based study carried out with NHS workers and published in May 2012 set out to investigate the emotional effect on employees of witnessing unpleasant interactions with co-workers. The study was carried out with a sample of staff (doctors, nurses, … Continue reading

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HSE figures show slight reduction in illness at work and injuries at work

Provisional figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on workplace ill health and injury between April 2011 and March 2012 have revealed slight falls in a number of key areas. Major injuries to employees (e.g. amputations, fractures and … Continue reading

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Employer’s Charter – what are employers entitled to do?

For employment law to be effective there needs to be a balance between protecting employees and enabling businesses to operate effectively in order to support economic growth. Advice and guidance on employment law often focuses on the rights of employees … Continue reading

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Tips for healthly staff and a healthy workplace

We’re becoming increasingly aware of the business benefits of keeping employees healthy and productive. But how can we actually achieve that aim? We’ve put together some practical tips for keeping the workplace (and the people who work in it) healthy. … Continue reading

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