Everybody’s talking about men’s mental health. Everywhere you look the message is clear: it’s good to talk, it’s ok not to be ok. But how many men believe this? And what can employers do to drive the message home?read more
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day: an annual global event which aims to raise awareness about suicide and prevent loss of life.
It’s estimated that more than one million people die by suicide around the world each year, with rates in the UK rising sharply. New figures released this month show that over 6,500 people died by suicide in this country last year – an increase of nearly...read more
“Please don’t confuse your Google search with my medical degree”. The dangers of Googling medical advice
In the digital age we all rely a little too much on Google. The search engine giant now processes over 40,000 queries per second - a staggering 3.5 billion searches every day worldwide.
When we reach for Google, we’re looking for the answer, and one of the biggest questions we often ask relates to our health.read more
Updated July 2019
Is absence a costly problem for your organisation? Confused about your obligations as an employer when it comes to sick pay? Want to know how much you need to pay and for how long?
Find everything you need to know, including the latest information about employer obligations and employee rights in our new 2019 SSP Guide. Whether you’re an employer in the public or private...read more
Flexible working is on the increase – but not in every workplace. A recent survey by the charity Working Families revealed that some employers are failing to meet statutory requirements. Over a third of employees say that they cannot access flexible working - despite having a legal right to request it.read more
Mental health awareness has never been higher on the UK agenda. Recent campaigns, led by ambassadors from the world of royalty, sport and television, have given the subject the high-profile it deserves. ‘It’s good to talk’ is the message. But is this finding its way into the workplace?read more
The number of NHS staff quitting their jobs over long hours has soared in the last decade. New figures reveal that more than 200,000 nurses have left the service since 2010 and resignations over work-life balance have increased dramatically.read more
We all know that Monday morning feeling. The start of the week can sometimes feel like an uphill climb. From Blue Monday to Manic Monday, we don’t always see the first working day in a positive light.
So does this make Monday the most popular day to take sick leave? FirstCare’s absence management data reveals something surprising.read more