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Travel health - A duty of care beyond UK boundaries
The number of people travelling on business is increasing year on year. In the last year alone, more than 3.5 million international trips were made by employees, a quarter of which were to high risk destinations. Employers have a duty of care that extends beyond UK boundaries to workers around the globe.

The soaring cost of work related stress
UK employers could save around £8bn a year if they introduced positive steps to improve the management of stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace. That was the conclusion of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence in its report "Promoting mental wellbeing at work", (http://www.nice.org.uk/PH22) published in November 2009. The report highlights the £28bn cost of mental ill health currently faced by UK employers and outlines a compelling case for improving the management of stress in the workplace.

Fit notes shift focus from "Can't do" to "Can do"
A new method for reporting sickness came into effect on 6 April 2010. Up until that date, employees who were off work sick or injured for more than seven days needed to provide a sick note (a form issued to them by their doctor which enabled them to claim sick pay). The sick note has now been replaced by a "fit note", the idea of which is to make it easier for people to return to work and to shift the focus from what they can't do to.

Businesses Benefit from a Proactive Approach to Health Promotion
Illness at work costs UK employers £12.2 billion a year. Absence and sickness rates are rising, according to recent research by the Chartered Management Institute and there is a high degree of ill health that does not necessarily result in days off but that does appear to affect motivation levels. However, it is possible for companies to reverse the trend by proactively promoting health and wellbeing.

Business benefits of health and wellbeing promotion at work
Illness at work costs UK employers £12.2 billion a year. Absence and sickness rates are rising, according to recent research by the Chartered Management Institute and there is a high degree of ill health that does not necessarily result in days off but that does appear to affect motivation levels. However, it is possible for companies to reverse the trend by proactively promoting health and wellbeing.

A new approach to abscence mangement
Ill health costs the UK economy more than £100 billion a year in benefits and health expenditure, foregone taxes and lost productivity. That's according to Dame Carol Black, author of "Working for a healthier tomorrow", a report commissioned by the Government to take the temperature of Britain's working age population and uncover the economic and social causes of ill health. This stark conclusion equates the annual economic cost of sickness absence in this country to the gross domestic product of Portugal and puts it at more than the entire NHS budget.