Employers must take their responsibilities towards employee mental health more seriously

supporting employee mental health better

Today I am returning to the vital issue of mental health at work. Not only because this is an essential responsibility for employers, but also in response to the recently-released Business in the Community (BiTC) Mental Health at Work 2019 Report. Last year, I described the findings as worrying. This year, I am dismayed – […]

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Relating NHS sickness absence rates to attendance data is a tough challenge

NHS staff absence management

I am always pleased to see that NHS Digital continuing to publish data openly on sickness absence rates across the NHS. The latest quarter’s data to the end of March 2019 has just been released. It is also excellent to see the narrative refers to the work my team did in reviewing NHS staff health […]

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Employee Engagement in the NHS

I was interested and pleased to see Rand Europe’s published research analysing data from NHS Healthy Workforce and Britain’s Healthiest Workplace surveys to understand employee engagement in the NHS. Rand is a respected and experienced organisation which has done much work over the years to help support understanding of NHS staff health and was one […]

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Business in the Community 2018 Mental Health at Work report

Out today! The Business in the Community 2018 Mental Health at Work report, which findings include although 85% of managers acknowledge that employee wellbeing is their responsibility, only 30% receive any training. Ahead of World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, Business in the Community are calling on employers to talk about mental health […]

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Health, Work, Well-Being and Sickness Absence Survey 2017

I was interested to see the data reported in the recent EEF report “Employee Health: making industrial strategy work for Britain”. Despite 77% of 264 manufacturing organisations surveyed being aware of the Fit for Work Service, less than half (46%) would consider using it and nearly a quarter actively said they would not use it! […]

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Reviewing the Carter Report – Absence Management Key to NHS Meeting Commitments

The final report from the Carter Review into NHS efficiency has just been released, and it makes for sobering reading, with headline grabbing findings including billions being wasted on inefficient use of staff, paying over the odds to suppliers, bedblocking, and a high reliance on agency workers. The report went on to say that hospitals […]

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Number of sick days falling, but UK still takes most in the world

David Frost the Ex Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce, commented on these findings. “These figures highlight the very real cost to business and the economy of a failure to properly manage absence. What the figures highlight is a lack of effective management. This can be seen because those working in the public sector […]

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81% of workplace absence last less than a week

New data shows long-term absence review only tackles small part of major problem. Absence Manager responds to DWP’s commitment to tackle the problem of long-term sickness absence. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has set out its response to the recommendations by Dame Carol Black and David Frost in their major review on ‘Health […]

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