What Is An Occupational Health Assessment?

An Occupational Health Assessment is a medical examination performed on an employee by an Occupational Health Expert. The main aim of the report is to advise employers and employees of the employee’s health.

The report should contain specific recommendations on what adjustments could possibly be considered to ensure a safe/healthy working environment for that employee. The report could also be an assessment of somebody’s fitness to work.

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What To Do If Someone Refuses To Sign An Employment Contract?

Many of us have been in the too familiar place whereby an employee does return their revised contracts of employment. In most cases, it is simply that the employee has forgotten or does not realise they need to sign it because they are actively working within the new role.

A simple email, call, or in person reminder can resolve the matter and the contract is returned and signed.

Some employees think they are being smart, by not returning the agreement if they are not happy with the role and think that by not signing they won’t be accountable, or agreeing to the terms but little do they know they may still be agreeing through a legal principle of ‘implied acceptance’.

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Things HR Departments Can Do To Help Employees Succeed

The key to any successful business is successful employees. Successful employees have a desire to hit their targets and goals and perform in their roles. In his report published in 2009, David MacLeod in Engaging for Success (also known as the MacLeod Report) detailed the importance of employee engagement for organisational success and the positive impact it can have on the bottom line and company results.

The report indicated that good engagement practices could have a ‘positive impact on UK competitiveness and performance’.
What does this have to do with how HR departments can help employees succeed? Let’s take a look at ‘engagement’. ‘Engaged’ employees are motivated to achieve, give discretionary effort, are committed to the organisation’s goals and values and are likely to succeed.

By understanding ‘engagement’ organisations can adopt these practices as part of their people strategy and ‘unleash the potential of their workforce’ and allow their people to ‘flourish and perform to their potential’ (MacLeod).

Making sure that the Company’s people strategy incorporates drivers for engagement at every stage of the employment cycle will help employees succeed and create an environment in which they are engaged, develop their skills, and will be supported in contributing to organisational success. With this in mind… what can HR Departments do to help their employees succeed?

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Food Safety Tips for Delivering Safely During COVID-19

During these very difficult times of COVID-19, safety within any industry is vitally important, especially food handling.

According to the government guidance, after restarting during these times as a food business, you must update your Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) procedures.

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How To Cope With Heat In The Workplace

Here in the UK, we’ve had a couple of years of unusually hot summers and unlike the kids, we’re not off during this warm period.

Our summers seem to be getting increasingly hotter with each year, but there is always work to be done. This presents itself as a problem, as having to work in these extra warm conditions can be tough on our bodies.

If you’re not careful, you could be putting yourself at serious risk by working in a hot office space. To best equip you against these risks, we’ve taken a look at some of the best ways of coping with extreme heat in the workplace and how to spot the signs of someone who is suffering.

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How Employers Can Support Their Staff’s Mental Health After Lockdown

On March 16th, the UK government officially made it essential for those who have the ability to work from home to work there for the foreseeable future. Shortly after this, the UK went into lockdown on March 23rd, and life was never quite the same.

This lockdown included the closing of schools, which meant that many workers would have to contend with the balancing act of managing their workload whilst also looking after their children.

However, not everyone had the ability to work from home, and essential workers were still needed to keep the country going. In fact, many ‘key workers’ found themselves having to work in extremely challenging environments which has led to immense stress and emotional hardships. Both key workers and those working from home are facing immense challenges, and as an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that they are being given the best support to handle this.

Ultimately, these are very challenging times, and our mental health and wellbeing are, of course, very important. In this blog, we will look at the increased threat that the pandemic poses to the mental health of staff, and which measures employers can take to provide the necessary support.

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How To Successfully Work From Home

In recent years, we have seen a large increase in the amount of businesses offering employees the ability to work remotely, also known as working from home.

Whether it’s avoiding busy Friday afternoon traffic or being able to continue working if you don’t want to spread possible germs to the rest of the office, this kind of flexibility in working environment is a major benefit to employees – but it doesn’t come without it’s challenges.

Being able to work from the comfort of your own home might sound like a great idea, but you’d be surprised how many people actually struggle with it.

In light of recent events that are likely causing many of us to work from home, here’s some top tips for making sure your remote working goes as smoothly as possible.

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Dealing With Alcoholism In The Workplace

Alcoholism as a whole is increasing. In fact, it is identified as one of the most common addictions, on a global scale. Yet, as pressures build and life becomes tougher, alcoholism is making its way into the workplace.

There are many negative associations with addiction and workplace performance. There are many issues employers will have to deal with when suspecting that an employee is physically dependent on alcohol. However, there are ways of dealing with alcoholism, protecting both the workplace and an employee.

If you believe that alcoholism is entering your workforce, here’s how to deal with it in a compassionate but efficient way. If you’re personally suffering with a drinking problem, we urge you to seek professional support.

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Changes To Employee Contracts For 2020

As the majority of people reading this article already know, April is a very busy month for businesses, especially employers.

April marks the end of the tax year, and also when the new changes come into place for the National Minimum and Living Wage, but these aren’t the only changes happening in the first half of 2020.

On 6th April 2020, major changes are coming to employee contracts, so we’ve decided to detail all of the amendments and give some advice on what to do next.

If you are an employer, this information is crucial.

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National Minimum Wage 2020 – Do You Know The Changes?

Changes are coming to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage on 1st April 2020, and it’s important that businesses are aware of the increased rates that will be implemented very shortly.

These new rates mean that full time workers over 25 receiving NLW should be seeing a £930 increase in their annual pay, which adds up when applied to all employees.

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