What is hybrid working?

Flexible Working. It isn’t a new term and has, for many years, had a place in employment law where it has offered a right for certain employees to request flexible working which the employer can then only refuse on reasonable grounds.  To make a flexible working request the employee must have worked for at least 26 weeks for the employer and...

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Cancer And Work: 3 Mistaken Assumptions

Written by Barbara Wilson from Working With Cancer The statistics are frightening: half of us will face a cancer diagnosis during our lifetime. In the UK, there are almost a million people of working age living with cancer, so the continuing and very welcome increase in survival rates (in the UK, taking all cancers together, survival for...

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The best type of staycation for YOUR family

By Claire Winter from Families Magazine Many of us will be making the most of the sights closer to home this year as we holiday here in the UK. But who knew there was so much to see in our own countries? From glorious beaches, to remote wilderness, gorgeous villages to busier cities, there truly is something for everyone. But how do you know...

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How an effective wellbeing strategy can reduce absence and turnover

Written by Camille BrouardAbsence and turnover can be two of the biggest costs to an organisation, as well as two of the most difficult issues to manage. Staff absence and turnover can also indicate the effectiveness of an organisation when it comes to wellbeing – if employee wellbeing is low, absence from work and staff leaving their jobs commonly...

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Mental Health After Covid

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Polly Collingridge, our international wellbeing resource associate has looked at employee mental health after covid. The mental health of the nation – of all nations – has suffered during the pandemic. At the same time, we have experienced a global paradigm shift in our ways of working. As lockdown eases...

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Mindfulness'

How to be more present…

My mind is like my web browser. 19 tabs are open, 3 are frozen, and I have no idea where the music is coming from… Has the last year simply flown by, time seems to be slipping through your fingers? Don’t worry, it’s not just you!  Many people have experienced it too.  Time is where you focus your attention and, perhaps not surprisingly,...

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How Nature Positively Affects Our Mental Health

Connecting with Nature is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week on 10-16 May 2021 – with the aim to inspire more people to connect with nature and notice the impact that this connection can have for their mental health. During lockdown, millions of us turned to nature for our daily exercise. According to The Mental Health...

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Pandemic Fatigue

Pandemic fatigue – are you feeling the strain? It feels like so much has changed — and yet it hasn’t. If you’re anything like me, then you might be feeling a bit fatigued, lacking energy and just a bit bleugh! It’s hard to stay focused on the good stuff – like the vaccinations rolling out or schools taking pupils back, or...

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Supporting your people back to the office

Supporting your people to return to the office I was surprised by the findings of a survey just published by the Manpower Services Group: workers in the UK are far more negative about returning to the office than those in other countries, like France or Germany.  What’s going on?  It seems that we are much more worried about the likelihood of a...

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Parenting and beyond during Covid-19 times

Parenting and beyond during Covid-19 times Admittedly, the majority of parents have felt a LOT of pressure these last few months. The uncertainty of schools reopening, quarantines, job losses or changes, inability to plan, cancellations of trips, difficulties in organising family life and socialising or seeing dear ones has been very challenging....

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