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 [...]

World Mental Health Day – what positive change will you make?

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World Mental Health Day - what positive change will you make?

This week marked World Mental Health Day 2017, an event that encourages us to think about mental health, how we can improve it and how we can best support those who are struggling with their mental health. The theme of this year's World Mental Health Day is mental health in the workplace, something that is an important issue for the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association (UK EAPA) and our members. According to research by the Mental Health Foundation, [...]

EAPs can help to reduce the cost of mental health absence

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EAPs can help to reduce the cost of mental health absence

According to an article recently published in HR magazine, EAPs are one of a number of ways for employers to reduce the cost of mental health absence and help their employees. Among the steps that employers can take to reduce the effect of mental health issues on their employees, the article reports line manager training to identify mental health issues among [...]

97% of employers are offering an EAP, says new research

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97% of employers are offering an EAP, says new research

An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is part of nearly every (97%) employer's strategy to support mental health in the workplace, according to the latest Employee Benefits / Health Shield Healthcare research. The survey of 121 employers earlier this year highlighted that line managers are considered by many to play a key role in supporting the mental health of employees, although notably just one-third (34%) of respondents' organisations were offering specific training [...]

Mediation Awareness Week is coming soon!

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Mediation Awareness Week is coming soon!

Mediation Awareness Week is organised by Mediation Awareness Group and is supported by all of the leading professional mediation bodies in the UK, including the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association. The Week seeks to better explain how mediation is used to resolve disputes and conflict of all kinds and demonstrate how mediation can provide a quicker, cheaper and more effective alternative to litigation, as well as highlighting how it can benefit businesses, communities and [...]

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