Workplace absence costs UK economy £18bn per year

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

A new report launched today shows that workplace absence is costing the UK economy £18bn in lost productivity. This is part of an increasing trend that has seen workplace absence increase year-on-year since 2011 – having previously been on a downward trend since 1993. As a result, the report predicts that the cost of absence will increase to £21bn in 2020, and increase to £26bn in 2030. Cost of absence expected to reach £26bn in 2030  Mental...

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Satisfaction with life: The UK government’s bid to measure happiness

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The UK government recently announced plans to “measure happiness” in the country, at an apparent cost of £2 million. The Prime Minister’s argument for this being that GDP is too crude a measure for the achievements of a nation or, more likely, a government dealing in deficit reduction. In the last couple of days the ONS announced what questions would be included in the ‘happiness survey’, with the key question being one of...

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150 minutes of exercise a week could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Following today’s study from The University of Maryland, which found a one off 30 minute exercise session can ward of cardiovascular disease, Vitality has found that by going one step further and increasing your activity to the Government recommended 150 minutes a week, could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years. Key findings: Making small improvements and behaving as an ‘Everyday Athlete’ can improve life span by more than...

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Unhealthy employees costing British firms over one month a year in lost productivity

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

British employers are losing on average 27.5 days of productive time per employee each year as unhealthy employees take more time off sick and under perform in the office as a result of ill-health (otherwise known as presenteeism). This is equivalent to each worker losing more than an entire working month of productive time annually. When translated into monetary terms the combination of this absence and presenteeism is costing the UK economy...

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National charity Sense calls for urgent investment into social care

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

The national disability charity Sense has repeated its call for urgent government investment into social care. The action follows today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO), which revealed that the ‘Better Care Fund’, designed to incentivise the integration of health and social care and deliver better outcomes or patients and service users, has failed to meet its first year targets 2015/16. The NAO report shows that demand for health...

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