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Poor work-life balance affects the mental health of 9 out of 10 women

Work-related stress

A study conducted by Bloom UK has revealed that over 90% of women have encountered mental health challenges due to inadequate work-life balance. The survey, which targeted 704 women in the marketing and communications sector, explored their perceptions of work-life balance and its impact on their personal well-being. According to the findings, more than two-fifths […]

Record number of work days lost to long-term sickness

Long-term sickness

Long-term sickness levels continue to be a significant challenge for employers with recent statistics revealing concerning trends. In the period from October to December 2023, the number of economically inactive individuals aged 16-64 due to long-term sickness surged to a staggering 2.8 million. This data underscores the pressing need for proactive measures to address this […]

Managing stress in the workplace


We conducted our annual SME Business Survey at the end of 2023 and asked what the most important aspects of Health and Safety over the next 12 months would be. Mental health came out top, with 68% of SME business leaders stating that mental health would be their biggest health and safety challenge in 2024, […]

‘Time to Talk Day’ and help to prevent work related ill health

The beginning of February marked Time to Talk Day. Effect change across workplaces in Britain by joining the effort to raise awareness about stress prevention and support for mental well-being during key moments throughout the year. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s Working Minds campaign gives employers access to a calendar highlighting awareness days, weeks, […]

Managing stress in the workplace

stress at work, mental health

We ran our annual SME Business Survey back in November and asked what the most important aspects of Health and Safety over the next 12 months were. Mental health came out top, with 85% of SME business leaders stating that mental health will be their biggest health and safety challenge in 2023, an increase of 6% […]

Absences due to ill-health (long term)

There is no legal definition of ‘long-term’ absence so it is up to the employer to decide at what point such absences need to be formally reviewed. Often a trigger procedure that alerts you once an employee has been absent for an unbroken period is put in place, typically set at four, six or 13 […]

Solving employee burnout with flexible working

Flexible Working | Employee Burnout | HR Solutions

Three in five UK employees work longer hours than they want to, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Almost one in four employees work over 10 hours of overtime each week, but many want flexible working and better employee benefits instead. Work related stress is defined as “a harmful […]

Seven out of 10 UK workers go to work even when sick

Sick Absence | HR Solutions

Workers in the UK believe their employers value the company’s performance ahead of the health and wellbeing of the workforce.Research has found that millions of employees still go to work despite being ill, with workers worrying about taking time off sick because of heavy workloads and employers’ expectations.   The survey by insurance company, Aviva, […]


HR in 2017 | HR Solutions

SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) face constant challenges so what does 2016 hold for them? 1 EU – are we leaving? If we do decide to leave the EU in June 2016 it will have a huge impact on all SMEs. For example, many SMEs rely on the free movement of EU workers. Whilst it’s […]

A fifth of UK workers expect to retire after 70

Auto Enrolment | HR Solutions

New research has revealed that over a fifth of UK employees expect to retire in their seventies and also have higher stress levels. Not only that, they are also less healthy and more stressed than employees who are hoping to retire sooner.   1,895 UK employees were interviewed for the Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, conducted […]

UK Workers Drinking Midweek Due to Stress

Over 50% of British employees are drinking midweek to cope with the stress of life, research by has found. The study by the leading discount website also found that almost a quarter (24%) of those who admitted to drinking during the week have called in sick to work on at least one occasion due […]

Work-Related Stress Affecting Happiness

Job Satisfaction | HR Solutions

Stress is causing more than a third of employees to feel dissatisfied about their work, according to a new survey by Workwear Express. In a survey of over 1,020 UK employees nearly 40% said that they feel unhappy in their jobs. Over 65% said that they were not happy to some degree, whilst just 14% confirmed that they intend to stay […]

Dangers of Working Holidays

Recruitment | HR Solutions

The Christmas period means a seasonal slowdown in some industries, but for many December is the busiest and most stressful month of the year. If it’s not an increase in demand as people rush to get things done before Christmas itself, it’s the need to get everything signed off and finished before the end of […]

Work-Life Balance Key to Reducing Stress

Healthy Work-Life Balance Key to Reducing Stress | HR Solutions

Corporate work-life balance programmes are the most effective method for reducing employee stress, according to new research. A workplace health initiative called Britain’s Healthiest Company has conducted research into the steps that businesses take to manage staff stress. The results indicate that whilst many firms acknowledge the importance of reducing employee stress levels, they could […]


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