RTW after common mental health disorders

We recently attended the Health and Wellbeing @Work conference in Birmingham where Senior Researcher from Tilburg University Dr Margot Joosen presented her findings from a study focusing on returning employees to work who were or had been absent with a mental health issue.

Strategy to reduce sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disorders at Royal Mail

At the recent Health and Wellbeing @Work conference in Birmingham, Royal Mail’s Lead Ergonomist, Corinne Parsons, presented how they had planned their strategy for reducing absence due to musculoskeletal disorders. As background information Ms. Parsons highlighted that the main long-term sickness absence causes at Royal Mail are mental health (20%), musculoskeletal disorders (23%), and injury […]

Healthy workplaces go beyond preventing illness and promote good health

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace has found that employees with flexible hours and the ability to work from home report lower absences and greater job satisfaction. They also consider themselves to be in better physical and mental health. Simply put, inflexible hours affect employee wellbeing. Employees based in the office or facing long commutes are less productive, […]

Honeydew Engage Fair Processing Notice

In this fair processing notice, “The client” or “the controller” means employer organisations, who contract Honeydew services. “Personal information” means information about the employees of the client, and from which the employee could be identified, including information which may be protected under the privacy or current data protection laws.

GDPR: Manage access permissions

One of the key guiding principles of Data Protection legislation is that personal information should only be shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis. Individuals who don’t need to know specific details about a person in order to do their job or to complete a task, shouldn’t be given access to those details. 

What is employee wellbeing and how to get started?

Wellbeing is more than an avoidance of becoming physically sick. It represents a broader construct that includes physical, mental and social health. Employers play a key role in how employees feel at work and this will have a direct correlation on how well they perform.

Honeydew’s call centre partner entered for record number of awards

Honeydew’s contact centre partner, Ventrica, goes from strength to strength. Ventrica help deliver Honeydew’s Day-1 Absence Reporting service, which runs on the Engage platform. Record number of awards for customer service in the last three years This year Ventrica has already won awards for ‘Best Outsourcing Partnership’ and ‘Best Advisor’ in the London & South […]

Right to annual leave can’t be bought out

Did you know that EU law prevents employers from carrying over the first four weeks of employees’ statutory annual leave? The only exception is when an employee is unable to take the leave because of sickness absence. If the leave is not taken, it is lost. In the UK, employees are guaranteed 5.6 weeks of […]

Are you ready for GDPR?

A new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will soon replace the old Data Protection Act (1998). The GDPR will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. The government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.

XpertHR absence survey 2017 shows rising absence levels

For the first time since 2009, XpertHR annual absence survey 2017 shows an average absence level above 3%. Among the 588 survey respondents that provided data on absence rates for 2016, the national average stood at 3.2% of working time, equivalent to 7.4 days per employee. To help compare with the preferred metric used in CIPD annual absence survey, […]