NEW PUBLICATION! Managing traumatic events in the workplace

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NEW PUBLICATION! Managing traumatic events in the workplace

The stress, fear and anxiety that is experienced by individuals who experience a traumatic incident can be overwhelming in terms of the physical, emotional and psychological impact it can have. Individuals affected by trauma – whether it’s a fire, theft or sudden death in the workplace, natural disasters, terrorism or even organisational change – can be profoundly affected by their experience and for their employers, it can be difficult to know how to respond. In a [...]

Mental health crisis facing UK

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Mental health crisis facing UK

Latest research from Aviva confirms the mental health crisis that the UK is facing, with half of UK adults (26 million people) admitting that they are unsure or uncomfortable about telling others if they have a mental health problem. Interestingly, in Aviva’s Wellbeing Report, the same number (47%) of UK adults said they were currently experiencing or have recovered from a past mental health condition. “Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are an important part of the solution to this impending [...]

70% of employers say EAPs are most valuable health and wellbeing benefit

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70% of employers say EAPs are most valuable health and wellbeing benefit

New research by Hargreaves Lansdown reveals that 70% of employers believe that an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is the most valuable health and wellbeing benefit. “This finding is certainly welcomed by the EAP industry and is supported by our own research, undertaken by the Work Foundation (2016), that more and more organisations (67%) are using EAPs as part of their health and wellbeing plans. Among HR professionals, EAPs are perceived as important [...]

Pressure at work is key cause of employee stress

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Pressure at work is a key cause of employee stress

Given that pressure at work and a poor work / life balance are key causes of stress and mental health issues, new research that indicates employees are feeling pressure from their supervisors, colleagues and technology to work during their free time should be of major concern for employers, said Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals [...]

Unspoken workplace expectations creating stressed employees

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Unspoken workplace expectations creating stressed employees

With new research indicating that unspoken workplace expectations are putting pressure on employees to adopt less balanced lifestyles and leading to higher levels of stress at work, there is a clear need for employers to promote a more positive work / life balance among their employees and offer accessible and professional solutions to minimise the causes and impact of stress in the workplace. "Employee assistance programmes present a practical solution for [...]

Nearly half of employers put mental health at top of employee health agenda

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Nearly half of employers put mental health at top of employee health agenda

Nearly half of employers have mental health at the top of their employee health agenda, according to research by Aon Employee Benefits, with the vast majority (95%) of employers expressing concern about current and future mental health issues. In its 'UK health survey: September 2017' the study found that most employers (96%) see a direct correlation between employee health and performance and the same number agree that they are responsible for [...]

Employees struggling to concentrate when wellbeing poor

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Employees struggling to concentrate when wellbeing poor

With news that one-third of senior HR professionals do not think their organisation considers employee wellbeing to be an essential part of good business strategy, the spotlight is once again on the importance of promoting and enhancing wellbeing in the workplace. A study by charity, CABA, found that more than half of HR professionals (51%) see employees struggling to concentrate when wellbeing is poor, with a similar number (49%) [...]

Report estimates the cost of poor mental health to UK organisations

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Report estimates the cost of poor mental health to UK organisations

An independent government commissioned review into mental health at work, 'Thriving at work: a review of mental health and employers', has found that 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem lose their jobs each year, and that 15% of people at work have symptoms of a mental health condition. The report estimates the cost of poor mental health to UK organisations to be as high as £42 billion, with half of this cost attributed to presenteeism and [...]

UK EAPA seeks freelance PR and marketing consultant

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UK EAPA seeks freelance PR and marketing consultant

An opportunity has arisen for a freelance PR and marketing consultant to work with the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association from January 2018. The successful consultant will support and advise the Association on their external reputation, as well as its internal communications with members. The primary communications channels and tactics currently utilised by the UK EAPA include print and online media relations and Twitter, as well as the Association's website [...]

Employers failing to realise potentially serious consequences of presenteeism

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Employers failing to realise potentially serious consequences of presenteeism

Nearly one quarter (23%) of employees would only take time off work if they were hospitalised, according to new research from Canada Life Group Insurance. The study of more than 1,000 employees found that nearly nine out of ten people (89%) said that had gone into work when feeling ill. When the researchers asked people why they went to work sick, more than two-thirds (69%) said they didn't think their problem was big enough to warrant a sick day and [...]

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