In support of National Stress Awareness Day 7th November we wanted to share some useful tips to help identify and minimise stress within the workplace.
Time off in Lieu (TOIL) allows organisations some flexibility and may be an incentive to offer employees for working on a particular event or project. However, employers need to manage the offer carefully, so that you don’t end up paying double for staffing resources to cover TOIL and to avoid trouble further down the line.
To reinforce World Mental Health Day on 10th October we wanted to share with you some useful Mindfulness techniques and how they can be used in schools.
SAM helps schools and academies to track the absence process and one of the main stages in the absence process is the Absence Review Meeting. We have put together our top tips to consider for an Absence Review Meeting. We hope they are useful.
Last week was National Work-Life Week, a reminder that both employers and employees need to focus on well-being at work. Here are our top tips.
The CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work Report in conjunction with Simply Health, was issued last month, and we have put together a summary of some the key findings of the report specifically for the public sector which includes education, schools, academies, colleges and universities. Check out our infographic.
CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work Report – Wellbeing is improving but mental ill health absence is increasing.
According to the recent Health and Wellbeing at Work Report by CIPD and Simply Health issued last month, the focus on wellbeing is increasing. Over half of those surveyed (68%) agreed that wellbeing is on the agenda of the senior leadership team, but there was still a concern that activity is reactive rather than proactive and that line managers are still not getting the necessary training to feel confident managing situations. Read more about the report’s findings and our top tips for managing and preventing stress and mental ill health in schools and academies.
Working fathers, including adoptive fathers, have the right to paternity leave and since April 2015, shared parental leave. According to the Department for Business, take up of shared parental leave could be as low as 2%, and the government plans to better inform parents about the policy going forward. Fathers are entitled to 1 or 2 weeks of paternity leave when the baby arrives or when they adopt a child. What do they have to do to qualify for paternity leave?
The new CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Wellbeing at Work survey reveals the latest trends to support employers in building healthier workplaces. In the report, presenteeism (people attending work when unwell) is reported to have tripled in the last 8 years, since 2010. Presenteeism could account for as much loss in productivity as absence. Staff who are ill will not work productively and could infect others. So, what can you do to ensure staff adopt healthy and productive behaviour?
Recent research found that the number of teachers on long-term sick had risen by 5% over the last year. The research was based on data requested from 82 English councils and showed that 1.3 million days were logged as absent from school, due to stress and mental health over the last four years*. As it has often been referred to, many people believe that heavy workloads, budget cuts and recruitment difficulties have all added to workplace pressure and increased levels of stress. Absence in education (public sector) remains at a higher rate than the private sector as stated in the 2018 CIPD Health and Wellbeing Report. Mental ill health and stress remained the top causes of long-term absence. So, what can schools do to better support staff, reduce absence and increase retention? Read our top tips.