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It’s flu jab season – should you get the shot?

The autumn is upon us and so is the start of the flu season. To combat the illness, every year a flu vaccine is put together to fight the current known strains of flu. In the UK, the flu jab is only offered free of charge to people in known risk groups but individuals can buy a shot in a pharmacy. Many employers also choose to offer the vaccine at work to help their staff stay healthy through the winter. If you’re unsure whether it is safe to have a flu jab or not, read on for more information. Continue reading

Managing absence during the Olympics

Rio Summer Olympics 2016 are fast approaching. The games officially start on 5th August and the closing ceremony takes place in the very early hours of Monday 22nd August UK time. As with any major sporting event, the likelihood that employees will want to catch some of the action is high. Due to the time difference, all the events take place in the afternoon or evening. This means that skiving off during office hours is less likely, although some bleary-eyed employees might be spotted especially after the opening and closing ceremonies that both finish around 2am GMT.
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HAVS – Hand-arm vibration syndrome

Using certain types of tools creates vibration, which transmits to the operator’s hands and arms. Prolonged exposure to hand-arm vibration can cause serious medical issues and trigger HAVS – hand-arm vibration syndrome. Employers, whose staff uses vibration tools, such as drills, chainsaws, strimmers, sanders and power mowers, must carry out risk assessments and annual health surveillance to monitor and minimise the risks. Continue reading

How to get started with your wellbeing programme

Many companies find it hard to get started with wellbeing. More and more organisations are becoming aware of the benefits of having an in-house wellbeing programme but aren’t quite sure how to go about implementing one. After listening in on some interesting talks at the Health and Wellbeing @ Work 2016 exhibition this year, combined with working with wellbeing for some of our clients for years, here are our thoughts. Continue reading

Is talking about mental health leaving you anxious as a manager?

Mental health issues are a real problem even though a lot of us may still be reluctant to address them. 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from some kind of mental health issue. Based on this fact, as a manager, you will come across this issue. So instead of avoiding the issue, and sticking your head in the sand (like an ostrich), why not focus on how to address it. We participated in an interesting talk by Claire Price at the Health and Wellbeing @ Work 2016 exhibition, and here is what we took away from it: Continue reading

Get your line managers on board to reduce absence

XpertHR published results of a new absence management survey this week. The findings of the survey, which focused on how companies tackle absence, confirm what we already knew: Line managers are in a key role when it comes to managing absence. The respondents had ranked their most and least effective absence management initiatives and 4 of the top 5 had to do with getting line managers more involved in the process. Continue reading

Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 no longer supported by Microsoft

From 12 January 2016, Microsoft ended its technical support for old versions of its Internet Explorer browser. Only the latest versions, IE 11 and Edge are still supported. According to BBC News, it is estimated that the older versions of IE 7, 8 and 9 account for 20% of all web traffic. Computerworld states that out of all IE users, just over half (55%) are using the latest version. This means that millions of users (340 million according to Computerworld figures) are now using an unsupported browser to surf the net, which could become vulnerable to increasing security attacks. Continue reading

Absence management goals

Absence is the second largest cost to employers after salaries so its importance should not be overlooked. Every company should set absence management goals and monitor them regularly to make sure that this significant cost does not get out of hand. Absence management works on three levels, from the individual to the organisation, so goals should be set for each area: Continue reading