HEALTH & WELLBEING: Cancer in the workplace
Unum, an employee benefits specialist, have published the results of their recent survey of 300 employees who have been diagnosed with or received treatment for cancer in the past five years. It explored workers’ attitudes and challenges, as well as best practices for how employers can support their staff.
The research suggested that:
- Over half of employees with cancer agreed that they may have been able to return to work sooner if they had received better support
- 28%of workers with cancer said they had either no employer support or felt that the level they received was below their expectations
- 84%agreed their loyalty towards employers could have been influenced by the amount of support they received.
- 2 out of 5workers surveyed were not familiar with the cancer resources available from their employer
“Cancer can change a person’s world beyond recognition. During this often highly stressful time, work can provide an oasis of normality and routine. However, the experiences of those working through a cancer diagnosis can vary widely.”
PENSIONS: Employers unaware of duties around pensions and auto-enrolment
Analysis of official pensions figures published by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) show a growing number of employers are not fully aware of their duties around pensions auto-enrolment. This has prompted calls for the government to increase education programmes aimed at businesses.
The figures revealed that this year, only 82% of small employers were fully aware of their obligations with auto-enrolment, compared to 88% in 2018. Awareness among medium sized employers also dropped to 94% from 98%t a year earlier.
Discussing these figures, the former pensions minister said the decline in employer awareness of auto-enrolment responsibilities was “worrying” and could lead to workers missing out.
RECRUITMENT: Most candidates exaggerate skills
Recent research by job board Monster, found that as many as 93% of UK recruiters believe that candidates will exaggerate their skills when looking for a new position.
In order to find the right fit, 70% of recruiters said they needed to adjust expectations and put forward candidates with most or some of the necessary skills.
Despite this, 95% of respondents (which included 1,700 recruiters in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany and Holland) said that they are confident they can find the right candidate for a position.
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