Policy News Journal - 2016-17

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The Prime Minister has appointed Lord Dennis Stevenson, the long-time campaigner for greater understanding and treatment of mental illness, and Paul Farmer CBE, CEO of Mind and Chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce, to drive work with business and the public sector to support mental health in the workplace. These experts will lead a review on how best to ensure employees with mental health problems are enabled to thrive in the workplace and perform at their best. This will involve practical help including promoting best practice and learning from trailblazer employers, as well as offering tools to organisations, whatever size they are, to assist with employee well-being and mental health.

It will review recommendations around discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of mental health

Acas support According to Acas, mental health problems cost employers in the UK £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence.

Acas has a range of guidance to help manage mental health in the workplace.

Mental health guidance

Managing anxiety in the workplace

Mental health awareness e-learning

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70% of employee respondents are satisfied with their work-life balance. 13 January 2017

According to a survey of 826 employers, 59% increased flexible working arrangements in 2016, which could help account for the work-life balance satisfaction.

However in the same survey which included data from 1,752 employees, 62% of employee respondents are unsatisfied with their benefits package.

The research conducted by GCS Recruitment for its Market insights 2017 report, also found that 38% of employee respondents cite pay and financial rewards as having the most impact on their job satisfaction, and only 5% list their benefits package as the most important factor.

Read the full article from Employee Benefits for other key findings from the research.

CIPP comment To help us understand, in part, how much flexible working has become part of our culture, we ran a poll in August 2016. We asked approximately what percentage of your workforce had applied for flexible working within the last 2 years. Of the 142 responses received , only 18% of employer had not received any requests, leaving 82% of employers receiving requests for flexible working.

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Work From Home Week 16 January 2017

‘Work From Home Week’ begins today and aims to get employers and employees thinking about the option of working from home and all the benefits it can bring.

Launched in 2003, Work From Home Week aims to get employers and employees thinking about the option of working from home and all the benefits it can bring, from avoiding the rush-hour crush to creating a better work/life balance.


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