Employee assistance programmes

Many employers offer an employee assistance programme (EAP) to staff. This is an employer-paid scheme that allows employees to contact an independent adviser on a confidential basis to discuss any issue that is troubling them, causing stress or interfering with effective job performance or attendance.

Is it enough to be Covid-secure?

With restrictions possibly being reduced in the weeks and months to come, employers are turning their thoughts again to how...

Coronavirus only proves that SMEs need employee benefits

24 Sep 2020

Employee benefits have already proven their worth during the Covid-19 pandemic, but Steve Herbert believes they’ll become more important to...

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How to support furloughed employees

17 Jun 2020

PROMOTED | Furloughed employees face particular challenges. Download our eguide for help on how to support them...

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Two-thirds of employers have introduced new wellbeing benefits

16 Jun 2020

More than two-thirds of organisations have introduced new wellbeing benefits to support employees during the coronavirus pandemic, a poll by...

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Better communication is key to unlocking the value of health and wellbeing benefits

3 Apr 2020

With this month (April) being the start of a new financial year, Paul Avis argues that now is a good...

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Writing a parental bereavement leave policy: a guide for HR

24 Feb 2020

Employers should be updating their policies and procedures to take account of the introduction of parental bereavement leave in April....

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Businesses focus on emotional and financial wellbeing

16 Jan 2020

Emotional and financial wellbeing programmes are gaining impetus in terms of companies’ strategic focus.

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Few employees using mental health and wellbeing benefits

3 Dec 2019

Almost half (49%) of employers agree that poor mental health is the biggest health and wellbeing challenge they are facing,...

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Academic staff suffer ‘epidemic’ of poor mental health

23 May 2019

There is an “epidemic” of poor mental health among higher education staff, according to Freedom of Information requests gathered from...

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Supporting employees who are exposed to traumatic birth

1 Mar 2019

Thousands of women will go through a frightening or traumatic birth, the effects of which will continue to impact on...

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In-work poverty and the role of HR

7 Jan 2019

Many UK workers are falling below the poverty line and Brexit uncertainty may be making matters worse. Steve Herbert believes...

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Staff question level of mental health support offered by employers

3 Dec 2018

Four in 10 staff say their employer does not offer mental health support in any form, despite increasing awareness of...

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Government must fulfil promises to keep carers in work

29 Nov 2018

The government has been urged to act on the Conservative Party’s 2017 pledge to introduce specific employment rights for working...

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Members of the Comply Direct team pick up their employee benefits prize from Alex Jones of The One Show and Rob Moss, editor of Personnel Today at the 2018 Personnel Today Awards ceremony

Comply Direct cleans up with Employee Benefits Award

21 Nov 2018

Packaging, environmental and waste management compliance business Comply Direct landed the Employee Benefits Award at the Personnel Today Awards 2018...

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Health secretary: employers must do more on prevention

5 Nov 2018

Schemes such as free fruit in offices, bicycle loans, support for ill employees and counselling should be the new norm...

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