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Hybrid working could save the NHS more than £4 billion per year

A major new study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research and Virgin Media O2 Business has found that the positive effects of hybrid working, ranging from more time for exercising to extra hours spent caring for family members, could save the NHS more than £4 billion per year.

Contributor: Jo Bertram, Managing Director, Business and Wholesale - Virgin Media O2 | Published: 19 November 2021

Post-pandemic health & safety sign blindness a danger for returners

Leading health and safety experts are warning that the UK faces a ‘sign blindness’ epidemic as people continue to return to the workplace. Now, health and safety solutions provider Seton has joined forces with top academics and psychologists to release the report 'Sign Blindness: A big risk to health and safety'.

Contributor: Ed Barnes, Product Innovation Manager - Seton | Published: 16 November 2021

Stigma still making UK workers conceal health concerns

A new survey conducted by Aetna International has revealed the factors that stop employees from accessing health and well-being support in the workplace. Results suggest that fear of judgement is preventing many employees from opening up about their health concerns, and that there are a number of simple steps businesses could take to improve the use of existing benefits. In fact, fear of being penalised for health issues at work was identified as the main barrier to accessing benefits by survey respondents.

Contributor: David Healy, Chief Executive Officer - Europe at Aetna International | Published: 12 November 2021

Global inequalities in healthcare are a concern for internationals

Covid has shone a harsh spotlight on the global inequalities of health care. Employers with staff in overseas positions are seeing a stark contrast in the care individuals may receive if left to the health system of their host nation.

Contributor: Sarah Dennis, head of international - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 28 October 2021

How to support employees facing the menopause

While there is support available regarding the menopause, and awareness is growing, neither is yet wide nor consistent enough across businesses. If employers want to stay ahead of the game and remain competitive, they need to embrace this important area.

Contributor: Debra Clark, head of specialist consulting - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 20 October 2021

GPs report worrying uptick in patients seeking help for work-related stress

Research from Perkbox, the global benefits and reward platform, has found that a staggering 92% of UK GPs report an increase in people seeking medical advice for work related stress and anxiety since the pandemic began.

Contributor: Gautam Saghal, Chief Executive Officer - Perkbox | Published: 1 October 2021

Nearly all fire doors would fail inspection

Businesses must take fire safety seriously. The fittings of the door can be the different between a passing or failing inspection not just the door itself and, in a serious situation, could actually make the difference between life and death.

Contributor: Gavin Scarr Hall, Health & Safety Director - Peninsula | Published: 18 September 2021

On world suicide prevention day, employers urged to reach out to overseas employees

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10 September 2021. Overseas employees face very specific challenges that can differ depending on their host nation. Employers must be aware of the support, or lack of it, available in different countries and ensure their provision leaves no gaps.

Contributor: Sarah Dennis, Head of International - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 10 September 2021