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• 14 Feb. 2019

How to help employees with money worries

Last year, it was recorded that household debt in the UK was ‘worse than at any time on record’. The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £59,288 in October 2018, which is over £30,000 per adult. Given these

• 23 Jan. 2019

Looking for a new hobby? Here’s our hobbies hit list

Hobbies and interests are not only a great way to meet new people and extend our social circle, but they can also give us a sense of belonging, something to look forward to outside of work and help us switch

• 21 Jan. 2019

The impact loneliness is having on our workforces and how employers can help

According to a number of studies, surveys and government statistics, we are becoming increasingly lonely as a society, with younger people and those of working age also missing out on much-needed human interaction. Zara Ross, Chief Executive of the automotive

• 3 Jan. 2019

Five simple ways you can sleep better at night

We spend around 1/3 of our lives asleep and it’s an essential process for the brain, allowing it to rejuvenate and therefore function properly. Lack of sleep can have a big impact on mental health and, according to the Mental

• 11 Dec. 2018

Supporting the emotional wellbeing of employees throughout their careers

By Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben It is important to recognise that the term ‘wellbeing’ can mean something different to each one of us, because we are all different; this can make wellbeing seem complex and difficult to define.

• 11 Dec. 2018

Recognising when ‘banter’ becomes bullying

Recognising bullying in the workplace and handling hostile relationships By Rachel Clift, Health and Wellbeing Director at Ben Some people are naturally brash, or assertive, while others are introvert and sensitive. So, it’s natural for personalities to clash sometimes –

• 10 Dec. 2018

Dealing with Anxiety at Christmas

  It’s meant to be a time where everyone relaxes and enjoys themselves, but unlike with work or school, we know anxiety doesn’t take time off during the festive season. Presents, parties, family engagements, dinner on the day, hosting and planning

• 10 Dec. 2018

Managing employee anxiety in the workplace

By Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben Anxiety is one of the top reasons why people contact Ben for support and we are seeing an increase in calls about mental health issues each year. With that in mind,

• 10 Oct. 2018

Freddie Hunt: “Stress and being under pressure were the biggest things for me… and I couldn’t deliver”

  Professional racing car driver and TV presenter Freddie Hunt recently explored the role mental health can play in sport, speaking to Damon Hill in a thought-provoking interview about the Former World Champion’s struggles with depression. We turned the table

• 13 Sep. 2018

“Losing my job and living on £69-a-week showed me how valuable a pension will be”

Carol Ogley – South Yorkshire – Client Support Supervisor at Ben Like many of us, when Carol started working she didn’t think about how a pension would help her and her family, but a lightbulb moment and a reality check back in

• 23 Aug. 2018

Top 10 tips for handling stress when driving

Stress affects us all at one time or another – whether it’s down to work, home life or a tough situation you’re facing. Stress can affect how we feel physically and emotionally as well as impair our judgement and our

• 20 Aug. 2018

Preparing for retirement – pension top tips for your employees

As an employer, you’re required to provide a workplace pension scheme for your employees by law. You must also automatically enrol your employees into a pension scheme if they: Are classed as a ‘worker’ Are aged between 22 and state

• 20 Aug. 2018

Getting the most out of your pension

More people in the UK are saving into a pension scheme than ever before, thanks to the introduction of auto enrolment in 2012. In 2017, 73% of UK employees were contributing to a workplace pension compared to less that 47%

• 30 Jul. 2018

Combating loneliness in the workplace

Recent reports warn of a loneliness epidemic engulfing the UK, with 1 in 8 people reporting that they have no close friends and 45% feeling lonely all or most of the time. These are worrying figures, given that loneliness is said to

• 9 Jul. 2018

How to make friends as an adult – part two

In part one of our making friends as an adult blog, we shared our top tips for meeting new people, but that’s just the start of the path to friendship. Now that you’ve made all of these great acquaintances how

• 9 Jul. 2018

How to make friends as an adult – part one

Making friends as an adult isn’t always easy. At school and university, you’re surrounded by people of a similar age and probably with similar interests to you, making it the perfect environment for forming friendships. As you get older though,