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All items: Health and wellbeing

  • Six strategies to attract talent and remain competitive in 2024

    1 December 2023

    Organisations are struggling to attract talent, but it doesn't have to be that way. Based on our survey findings, we explore ways to help employers address the skills shortage and stand out from the competition.

  • Promoting workplace gender equality: Five innovative health-related policies

    9 August 2023

    Employers are increasingly focused on using health initiatives to remove barriers to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. We round up five gender-focused health-related policies that have caught on in UK workplaces in recent years.

  • The importance of line manager training in supporting employee wellbeing

    14 July 2023

    Line managers play a crucial role in supporting employees with their wellbeing. However, an XpertHR global survey found that most organisations do not offer specific wellbeing training to line managers. Here we explore key areas of training for several aspects of employee wellbeing.

  • 2023 predictions for HR: From "quiet hiring" to help with healing

    4 January 2023

    Analyst company Gartner has issued its top 2023 predictions for HR leaders, and the appearance of hybrid working and expanding talent pools will come as no surprise.

  • The wellbeing challenges facing HR in 2023

    4 January 2023

    Many employees are seeing their bills rising, real pay falling, and their health worsening. Tina Woods, co-founder and CEO of Business for Health, outlines some of the employee wellbeing challenges HR needs to prepare for in 2023.

  • Blackouts: Your HR questions answered

    27 October 2022

    The National Grid has warned that the war in Ukraine combined with very cold weather could result in three-hour power cuts in January and February 2023. While such blackouts are unlikely, the ramification for businesses could be significant. We look at how HR professionals can help their organisations to prepare.

  • "Quiet quitting": Five things for employers to think about

    7 September 2022

    The unique combination of the coronavirus pandemic, deteriorating economic conditions, rise in flexible working (particularly hybrid/remote working) and increased awareness of the importance of maintaining wellbeing/good mental health has seen the concept of "quiet quitting" gaining traction. What steps - if any - should employers take to tackle this phenomenon?

  • Brain fog: The menopause symptom impacting women at work

    4 May 2022

    A recent TV special highlighting the challenges of menopause showed the difficulties faced by many women around "brain fog" at work. Kathy Abernethy looks at how employers can support female employees to thrive through education and awareness.

  • Long Covid: will employees be able to claim compensation?

    3 June 2021

    MPs and peers have pressed for long Covid to be classified as an occupational disease, which could give those suffering with it grounds for a compensation claim. But this might not be a straightforward decision for the government to make, writes Vanessa James, who suggests how employers can support staff with long Covid.

  • Pregnancy loss: Supporting employees affected by termination for medical reasons

    19 May 2021

    Pregnancy loss charities have welcomed recent initiatives by some employers to offer paid time off to employees affected by miscarriage or stillbirth. One form of pregnancy loss that is rarely talked about, however, is termination for medical reasons. Jane Fisher takes us through the specific difficulties that can arise and how employers can help.

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