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83% of overseas staff lack proper health support as given cash lump sum for benefits

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Research from Towergate Health & Protection into health and wellbeing support reveals that 83% of overseas staff lack proper health support as their employees give a cash lump sum for them to choose their own benefits – which, it warns, is rarely the best option. Sarah Dennis, head of international at Towergate Health & Protection […]

Engaging the non-engaged ‘crucial’ for employers to bring value to 2022 health and wellbeing plans

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Some of the biggest killers and health concerns in the UK today – cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure – are hugely impacted by lifestyle factors. These are also the conditions that can have the biggest impact on an employee’s working life. For employers, the challenge is engaging the non-engaged. Encouraging those who do not already […]

OPINION: Utilise health and wellbeing support to give staff the January reboot they desperately need

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Employees have had a very unsettled time recently. The New Year is a good opportunity to re-set and to offer staff the boost they need to be able to face 2022 with a positive and productive outlook, as Brett Hill, distribution director at Towergate Health & Protection, explains… Employees have suffered from lack of routine and […]

Employers have ‘crucial role to play’ in tackling NHS backlog

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The impact of the continuing Covid pandemic means that health and wellbeing support in 2022 will be hugely influenced by factors outside of the work environment. Brett Hill, distribution director at Towergate Health & Protection makes his predictions for the coming year and explains how employers will play a crucial role… The impact of missed […]

Overseas employees ‘need more support than ever’ this Christmas

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With Covid spiking again in several countries across Europe and disruption ongoing around the world, many overseas employees will not be able to come home this Christmas. For those in countries banning outbound travel, this will be the second year in a row that they have not been able to see family or visit home […]

Staff travelling overseas for work ‘at risk of silent killers’

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By Sarah Dennis, Head of International at Towergate Health & Protection Employers sending their staff to overseas assignments will be governed by Foreign Office advice on safety and security regarding civil unrest and natural disasters, but what of the silent killers that can have a devastating impact an employees’ health? Deaths from cardiovascular disease and […]

Pandemic shines light on stark contrast in health care for employers with overseas staff

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By Sarah Dennis, head of international at Towergate Health & Protection Covid has shone a harsh spotlight on the global inequalities of health care. Employers with staff in overseas positions are seeing a stark contrast in the care individuals may receive if left to the health system of their host nation. While this may sometimes […]

WORLD MENOPAUSE DAY: How to support staff and colleagues

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Menopause is becoming a more frequent topic of conversation in the workplace as part of wellbeing strategies and also under diversity, equity and inclusion policies. With some high-profile celebrities raising the issues, society is beginning to recognise the need for more open conversations surrounding the menopause, and employers are increasingly expected to have policies in […]

Male employees not accessing mental health support: Latest figures show twice as many women than men asking for help

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Women in the workplace are twice as likely as their male colleagues to ask for help with emotional wellbeing, according to the very latest figures provided by Towergate Health & Protection. While data shows that women are generally more likely to suffer from mental health conditions and are more likely to have suicidal thoughts, men […]

Money worries ‘impacting employee productivity’

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Covid has had an unprecedented effect on the UK economy and the country’s struggles have been much reported, but individual security has seen less publicity. However, personal debt is rising, and many households are facing financial difficulty, especially those with unsecured debt1. In addition to the personal turmoil, employees struggling with money will not have […]

Employers need to address ‘Covid Fatigue’ as we return to work

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Fed up with restrictions, isolation, cancelled holidays, not being able to make plans? Everyone has suffered through the pandemic, quite aside from those who have been hit by the virus itself. Add to this the particular challenges for employees and their employers, like furlough ending, return to work, cancelled orders, and it is not surprising […]

Rethink required for tackling work-related MSK disorders

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Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders have always been a cause of workplace absence. With Covid-related factors likely to increase the prevalence of such problems and also making in-person appointments harder to access, employers need to rethink the solution. Brett Hill, distribution director for Towergate Health & Protection, said: “MSK issues are a ticking time-bomb. We need to […]

Differing global vaccine programmes ‘create challenges for employers with overseas staff’

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The situation across the world is at hugely differing stages with regards to the Covid pandemic. Many employees have been abroad throughout the pandemic and more will now be going overseas as lockdown in the UK eases. Employers need to understand the circumstances in each country in which they have staff and they need to […]

145% spike in counselling needs as lockdown eases

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Employers may think that the easing of lockdown will result in an improvement in mental health, but figures released today by Towergate Health & Protection suggest that employees may be in greater need of support than ever. Figures from one of firm’s leading employee assistance programme (EAP) providers show a pronounced increase in utilisation as […]

Eight things employers should know about burnout

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By Debra Clark, Head of Specialist at Towergate Health & Protection Employees are at greater risk than ever of suffering burnout and employers should consider putting in place preventative and curative measures. For SME employers in particular, who are likely to have less capacity, it is important to look at tackling burnout in a sustainable […]

Eight things SME employers should know about burnout

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By Debra Clark, Head of Specialist at Towergate Health & Protection Employees are at greater risk than ever of suffering burnout and employers should consider putting in place preventative and curative measures. For SME employers in particular, who are likely to have less capacity, it is important to look at tackling burnout in a sustainable […]

Mental Health Awareness Week: Work affected as Covid takes its toll

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New research shows that employees’ mental health is being affected by Covid and that this is having a knock-on effect on their working life. For Mental Health Awareness Week, Towergate Health & Protection urges employers to look after employees at all levels. Data from the Office For National Statistics shows that the proportion of adults […]

Covid: How to support employees stranded abroad

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With Covid restrictions constantly changing and evolving worldwide, many employees taking business trips to other countries, or already working abroad, have found that they are suddenly either banned from returning to their home country or not allowed to leave the country they have visited. Employers must ensure they are able to support employees who are […]


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