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How to avoid unconscious bias in the workplace

Have you ever found yourself hiring or rejecting a candidate based on your “gut feeling”? Or even telling them outright that you don’t think they were a “right fit” for the organisation? While there’s nothing wrong with following your gut feeling or cultivating an organisational culture, things can get a bit trickier if unconscious bias …

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An HR team strategy guide for the employee mental health revolution

Although we’re in the middle of a mental health crisis at the workplace, you may be surprised to find that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the sole cause of employee burnout and chronic stress. Instead, it has only accelerated the rising depression rate, which has been widespread since 2019, well before the pandemic. From the increased …

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An employer’s guide to overcoming the UK’s skilled labour shortage

Did you know? The UK’s shortage of skilled labour (workers) across industries such as transport, healthcare, hospitality and construction could slow down the UK’s economic recovery. The Guardian newspaper also backed up this finding, after mentioning that the number of available workers plunged in June 2021 at the fastest rate since 1997. So far, accountants, …

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What is the state of employee mobility in 2021?

Gone are the days when employees had to commit to a “9 to 5” schedule, attend meetings in the boardroom and in-person, or carry out the mundane commutes to and from work. Employee mobility is now a major talking point among millions of employees in the UK and globally across multiple industries. Thanks to digitalisation …

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How to set boundaries at work

Have you ever been asked to work beyond the standard office working hours? Or perhaps had your personal values being compromised in some way, say by non-consensual touch or unsolicited advice? You’re not alone. Research shows that the workplace is fraught with questionable behaviours and crossed boundaries. The good news is that you can learn …

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Brexit: Tips for travelling to the EU in 2021

“Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border” made headlines on a BBC News article, which just reflects the chaos and confusion surrounding the new rules. Whether it’s about how plans for holiday might be affected or whether EHIC cards will still be valid, British people have an endless number of questions about …

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Tips for renewing your health insurance policy in the UK

When you buy health insurance, you’re usually committing to a one-year contract. This results in an annual dilemma of deciding whether to stay with your existing provider or switch to a new one. Before your contract renewal date, you have the chance to evaluate whether the policy still suits your needs and budget. However, there …

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An HR team strategy guide for the employee mental health revolution

Although we’re in the middle of a mental health crisis at the workplace, you may be surprised to find that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the sole cause of employee burnout and chronic stress. Instead, it has only accelerated the rising depression rate, which has been widespread since 2019, well before the pandemic. From the increased …

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Group interview

An employer’s guide to overcoming the UK’s skilled labour shortage

Did you know? The UK’s shortage of skilled labour (workers) across industries such as transport, healthcare, hospitality and construction could slow down the UK’s economic recovery. The Guardian newspaper also backed up this finding, after mentioning that the number of available workers plunged in June 2021 at the fastest rate since 1997. So far, accountants, …

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Lady working from home

What is the state of employee mobility in 2021?

Gone are the days when employees had to commit to a “9 to 5” schedule, attend meetings in the boardroom and in-person, or carry out the mundane commutes to and from work. Employee mobility is now a major talking point among millions of employees in the UK and globally across multiple industries. Thanks to digitalisation …

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Childhood food allergies in the UK: Triggers, treatment, and health insurance

Childhood food allergies in the UK: Triggers, treatment, and health insurance

Almost 1 in 12 young children suffer from a food allergy, according to Allergy UK. Food allergies have been around for generations and happen when the immune system responds negatively to food proteins. Unfortunately, children are more susceptible than adults as their immune systems are at a heightened state, and tend to overreact. This is …

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What is the average cost of family health insurance in the UK?

As more and more people are looking for insurance cover during a pandemic, we are receiving inquiries from individuals and families alike. One of the questions that we get asked the most is regarding what families can expect to pay for health insurance in the United Kingdom. While we can easily offer you a free …

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Healthy pregnancy diet do’s and don’ts

What a mother eats during pregnancy is the main source of nutrients for the baby in her womb. Dieticians and experts suggest that diet during pregnancy should be rich in nutrients to support the baby’s growth and development. A healthy pregnancy diet must be balanced for the special needs of expectant mothers, and while some …

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What’s the timeline for lifting lockdown in the UK?

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed in remarkable detail his four-step plan to ease England’s lockdown in the coming months of 2021. These crucial steps are expected to be followed by all members of the public until the end of June. At which point, the complete lifting of lockdown will depend on several …

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What you should know about coronasomnia in the UK

You have probably heard about it from 2020, and it’s definitely worth knowing about it if you haven’t. Coronasomnia is a portmanteau of ‘coronavirus’ and ‘insomnia’, a phenomenon that has become increasingly prevalent in the UK and around the world. More and more people are suffering as a result, particularly those who are trying to …

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3 things to do after work that will enrich your life

It’s 2021 and you probably have a few New Year’s resolutions listed on paper (or your mobile device) to achieve over the next few weeks or months. But with fresh lockdown measures across England and Scotland, in addition to Wales and Northern Ireland, many will be considering what to do as the prime minister has …

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How to avoid unconscious bias in the workplace

Have you ever found yourself hiring or rejecting a candidate based on your “gut feeling”? Or even telling them outright that you don’t think they were a “right fit” for the organisation? While there’s nothing wrong with following your gut feeling or cultivating an organisational culture, things can get a bit trickier if unconscious bias …

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3 ways to make the most out of your employee benefits program

When thinking up employee benefits ideas for your workforce and designing an employee benefits program, it’s natural to want to look at the numbers and determine the return-on-investment (ROI) and/or value-on-investment (VOI). After all, businesses are in it for the profit. But to truly make the most out of your employee benefits program, it’s necessary …

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What employee benefits should companies offer graduates?

As summer draws to an end, graduates begin a new chapter in their lives – they enter the workforce. Brimming with fresh perspectives and untapped potential, it’s no wonder that top companies across the UK set up graduate schemes, programmes, and jobs to attract these young minds. But the competition is fierce and companies need …

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Freedom Day: What employers should know

Say goodbye to facemasks (at least if that’s what you want to do!) and locking yourself up at home. From July 19th 2021, almost all COVID-19-related restrictions in England will be ditched – a day many locals refer to as ‘Freedom Day’. After all, the country has seen over a year of restrictions, the burden …

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Unveiling our latest Cost of International Health Insurance Report 2020-2021

We are excited to announce that our Cost of International Health Insurance Report 2020-2021 is now available for download. Take a bird’s eye view of the world of International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) through our in-house expert analysis. Here, we’ll explore the global key drivers and trends shaping health insurance premiums. With pricing data collated …

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The new COVID-19 variants: Everything you need to know

SARS-CoV-2 (aka the novel coronavirus or COVID-19) has caused enough havoc in the world as it is, so news about new variants of the disease was alarming, to say the least. What exactly is the new variant? What has its impact on society been? And most importantly, will the recently developed vaccine protect us from …

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