Proactive approach: Employee benefit strategies to promote workforce wellness

From your income and your education to your genetics and gender, there are a huge range of factors that can have a bearing on your wellbeing. Many of these ‘determinants of health’ – as they are described by the World Health Organisation – are unquestionably out of our control. Despite their ability to impact whether [...]

2023-11-24T10:47:00+00:00November 24th, 2023|Uncategorized|

What value do employees place on private medical insurance?

After a period when the competition for talent has been fiercer than ever, employers will be thankful that conditions in the labour market are expected to improve in 2023. But while pressure on the human resources frontline might be easing, companies will know that the war for talent is far from over. Factors such as [...]

2023-10-19T12:54:21+01:00October 19th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Back to health: Tackling musculoskeletal issues among the workforce

Having left his position as Health and Social Care Secretary back in 2018, Jeremy Hunt might have been forgiven for thinking that back and joint pain would no longer be encompassed within his ministerial remit, particularly as Chancellor of the Exchequer. However, as he outlined in the 2023 Spring Budget, musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are one [...]

2023-09-21T13:51:13+01:00September 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|

Fit for the job: Unlocking the employee benefits of physical wellbeing

Having been hidden away in a file labelled ‘taboo’ until just a few years ago, mental health is now firmly on the agenda of most employers. In fact, research among the UK’s largest listed companies shows that 93% now recognise mental health as an important business issue. There clearly remain areas where progress needs to [...]

2023-08-24T11:01:40+01:00August 24th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Business travel insurance: Protection for the post-Covid traveller

During the depths of the pandemic, many people optimistically focused on a time in the future when things would go back to the way they were before, with everyone free to enjoy unrestricted travel again. Thankfully, this vision has largely been realised in recent years as the disruption of Covid-19 has dissolved into the background [...]

2023-07-21T09:49:07+01:00July 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|

Why employers are being accused of ‘wellbeing washing’ and what can be done

Despite being a fixture of most modern workplaces, Mental Health First Aiders are a relatively new phenomenon, having only arrived in England as recently as 2007 as part of a Department of Health initiative. Fast forward to 2023 and there is now thankfully far greater awareness and appreciation for mental health, while the suspicion and [...]

2023-06-23T12:41:37+01:00June 23rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

What employers can do to battle burnout

Having bounced from a global pandemic to a cost-of-living crisis, the UK workforce has become accustomed to living in challenging, uncertain times. But when the stresses and strains of everyday life are overlaid onto this difficult backdrop, the effects on individuals can be damaging. It can leave people feeling overwhelmed, anxious and at risk of [...]

2023-05-02T16:56:16+01:00May 2nd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Five data points highlighting the difficulties facing NHS patients

From its starring role in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics to the banging of pots and pans on our doorsteps during the pandemic, there is no doubt that the NHS is a treasured part of our cultural identity. In recent years, however, media headlines have brought attention to the fact that the [...]

2023-03-29T10:11:05+01:00March 29th, 2023|Uncategorized|

More than words: The role of talking in supporting employee mental well-being

Whether we’re catching up with friends over coffee or putting the world to rights in the pub, there are plenty of times when it feels good to talk. For centuries, talking has provided people with a vital outlet for their problems and worries. By sharing our concerns, we are able to lift some of the [...]

2023-02-07T11:44:58+00:00February 7th, 2023|Uncategorized|

New Year, New You: Helping employees with healthy resolutions

After a Christmas season of indulgence and excess, the start of a new year can provide a welcome opportunity for some reflection and restraint. Having been fuelled on a festive philosophy of ‘eat, drink and be merry’ for an extended period of time, there is often a renewed appetite for adopting healthier habits and behaviours, [...]

2023-01-16T10:53:00+00:00January 16th, 2023|Uncategorized|
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