AVIVA’s response to the ‘Improving Lives’ green paper

March 20th, 2017

In an article first published in Health Insurance Daily magazine the managing director of AVIVA UK Health’s group protection, Steve Bridger, outlines 11 recommendations in response to the Government’s green paper on workplace health. (more…)

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Health tech could be the key to a fitter, healthier workforce

January 13th, 2017

The workplace could be the best place for the mass adoption of health tech in the UK helping to improve and maintain employees’ health through company wellness programmes – if only workers got more support from their employers. And, despite the recent explosion of health tech ownership in the UK, leading to lots of personal data being generated, there are doubts from data academics about whether this information is being used to the best effect by individuals alone. (more…)

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Overweight Sedentary Workers Costing the UK £8.2 Billion

January 11th, 2017

Alarming figures reveal that 63% (NOO.org) of Brits have strolled into 2017 either overweight or obese; despite around 35% holding a new year’s resolution to lose weight last year. However, disappointingly less than 10% actually stuck to these promises. With so many living such an unhealthy lifestyle, it has proven to have a detrimental effect on Britain’s industries. (more…)

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Lack of Sleep Costing UK Economy Up to £40 Billion a Year

December 1st, 2016

A lack of sleep among U.K. workers is costing the economy up to £40 billion a year, which is 1.86 per cent of the country’s GDP. According to researchers at the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among the workforce, which, when combined, has a significant impact on a nation’s economy. (more…)

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Secret Stress – 8 million UK workers suffer in silence

November 7th, 2016

stessNew research from Aviva, released to coincide with National Stress Awareness Day (2nd Nov) has revealed the startling number of people in the UK who are suffering from stress but are hiding it from their employers. A quarter of people (25%) surveyed admitted taking a day off work with stress but then blamed it on a physical illness. Based on the current number of people working in the UK, it indicates that almost eight million people are suffering in silence. (more…)

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British workers miss fewer days at work than rest of Europe

September 9th, 2016

manathome…but Brits were the least engaged and had the smallest proportion of employees who were happy and motivated. Ayming, the business performance consultancy, has released its 8th absenteeism barometer, analysing workplace absenteeism and employee engagement across Europe. (more…)

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Almost one in three people have experienced mental health issues while in employment

July 28th, 2016

mental healthNew CIPD research finds employers are taking a reactive approach to employees’ mental health issues, when preventative steps make better business sense. According to new research, the number of people saying that they have experienced mental health issues while in employment has climbed from a quarter to a third over the last five years. Despite this, the majority of employees still don’t feel that people experiencing mental health issues are supported well enough at work. (more…)

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Working 9-5 – what a way to get a workout

July 27th, 2016

The office is often the last place you think of when it comes to exercise, but making small changes to your working day can mean burning as many calories as hitting the gym. Bupa’s nutrition and exercise experts have created an effortless workout routine fitting into your 9-5, helping you work off the calories of a breakfast butty or a few glasses of wine. (more…)

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Less than half of UK businesses feel able to handle a medical emergency

July 19th, 2016

emergencyLess than half of UK businesses feel able to handle a medical emergency. A survey of nearly 300 businesses across the UK, including schools, golf clubs, construction sites, charities and trusts, has revealed that whilst a quarter of businesses want staff to feel safe, only 49 per cent are confident enough to say they could handle a medical emergency. (more…)

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Unum partners with the Mental Health Foundation

May 27th, 2016

mindEmployee benefits experts Unum and national charity the Mental Health Foundation have today announced a new long-term partnership that sees the two organisations join forces to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and call on business leaders to safeguard the mental health of their employees at every stage, from prevention through to early intervention, and supporting a positive return to work. (more…)

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