Inspire summer 2021
The latest health and wellbeing news from Towergate Health & Protection
Welcome to the latest edition of Inspire, our quarterly newsletter, designed to keep you informed about issues and developments that are relevant to your business.
In this edition we explore how the biggest UK companies are incorporating remote working into their business models, lift the veil on 'lockdown brain fog', consider how to return to work safely and explore the issues around vaccination and employment law
For over a year, we’ve seen great success from the UK’s en-masse migration to remote working where roles were able to be performed at home.
With reports showing a surge in productivity and happiness following the move to home working,1 employees are becoming more vocal about what they want their workplace to look like – and employers are listening.
With symptoms including forgetfulness and an inability to focus,1 even difficulty reading and following elaborate plotlines on TV,2 ‘brain fog’ isn’t actually a medically recognised disorder. Unlike common medical conditions like anaemia and asthma, for example, brain fog has no single underlying cause that could be called the culprit.
With all social distancing measures expected to be lifted over the summer, it seems almost inevitable that vigilance around health and safety may equally slacken. But just because the UK’s successful vaccination rollout offers security and peace of mind about Covid-19, that doesn’t mean other rising health concerns come without worries.
With over 41 million UK citizens now having had their first Covid-19 jab,1 the question being asked increasingly frequently is whether employers can require their workforce to get vaccinated.
All employers are under a duty to protect the health and safety of employees and provide a secure working environment under health and safety legislation.
Have you heard the latest from the insurers?
Here are the most recent updates from some of the key providers, including YuLife, Aviva, Bupa, Simplyhealth and Vitality.