The Importance of World Blood Donor Day

The Importance of World Blood Donor Day

Thursday 14th June is World Blood Donor Day and this year’s theme is ‘Thank you for saving my life’.  As a Health Cash Plan provider we like to support the NHS and the great work they do, so in honour of the occasion, we decided to talk about the importance of blood donation and why more donors are needed now more than ever.

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How to Avoid the Fear of Visiting the Dentist

How to Avoid the Fear of Visiting the Dentist

Anxiety about visiting the dentist is not uncommon, and it can range from a mild uneasiness to acute panic attacks, and even, in some cases, lead to fainting. We’re discussing tips and tricks that will help you to avoid that
fear and allow you to move forward with your life.

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Is Flexible Working Right For Your Workplace?

Is Flexible Working Right For Your Workplace?

What if I told you, as an employer, you could increase employee morale, engagement, and commitment to the organisation, as well as decrease absenteeism and tardiness, all by making just one change to your business? Well, it might surprise you to know that these are all benefits of flexible working. In today’s blog, we take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of flexible working.

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This is how we row!

This is how we row!

Back in 2016 we embarked on a challenge to compete in the Dragon Boat Race at Himley Hall which not only brought the team, our family, and friends together for a whole lotta’ laughs, but all whilst raising funds for Compton Hospice and The Rotary Club for Wolverhampton. Two years on, we wanted to return with a vengeance.

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We’ve Got Your Back

We’ve Got Your Back

Many of us struggle with back pain and though generally not life-threatening, it does have an impact on our lives. In this blog, we look at what you can do to prevent and to treat your back pain.

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What Does GDPR Mean for us as Individuals?

What Does GDPR Mean for us as Individuals?

As a Paycare Policyholder, you would’ve heard from us directly about our organisational General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) plans and progress. Here we explain what it actually means for you, as an individual, in plain English – no jargon, we promise!

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Headaches and How to Avoid Them

Headaches and How to Avoid Them

Whether you get headaches very frequently or once in a blue moon, and whether they range from a slight dull ache to a throbbing, unbearable pain – they happen to most of us, and they can impact our daily lives massively. Yet, with some simple tips, they can often be avoided.

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The Hidden Cost of Workplace Presenteeism

The Hidden Cost of Workplace Presenteeism

It’s commonly recognised around the world that sickness absence or absenteeism in the workplace can impact on the overall running of a business. More recently, however, there has been a growing shift towards presenteeism at work – causing a loss of productivity for employers and an overall risk to health and wellbeing for employees. 

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Paycare Celebrates Double Shortlist

Paycare Celebrates Double Shortlist

The team here at Paycare are ecstatic after being shortlisted in not just one, but two, categories in the Express & Star Business Awards 2018! Find out what we were shortlisted for.

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Celebrating National Walk to Work Day

Celebrating National Walk to Work Day

With longer days now upon us, why not take part in the annual event to kick-start your feel-good vibes for the summer? In today’s blog, we’re going to be talking all about National Walk to Work Day, what it is and how you can take part.

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Creating A Great Place to Work

Creating A Great Place to Work

At Paycare, we want every workplace to be a great place to work. So, together with our HR Partner Seymour John, we teamed up to deliver a free workshop as part of the county-wide Black Country Business Festival in May.

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Looking After Your Eyes

Looking After Your Eyes

Looking after your eyes can be a costly business – whether it’s the annual check-up at the opticians or subsequently having to put your hand in your pocket and cover the cost of new glasses or contact lenses whenever your prescription changes.

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Helping You Raise Eye Health Awareness

Helping You Raise Eye Health Awareness

While there isn’t any hard evidence linking long-term use of VDUs (Visual Display Units) to eye damage, what we do know is that office staff often complain of symptoms such as eye straining and fatigue far more than those who don’t use them in their day-to-day lives.

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Macular Degeneration – What It Is and What It Means

Macular Degeneration – What It Is and What It Means

As we look ahead to National Eye Health Week (NEHW) which takes place from the 18th to the 24th September, we wanted to introduce our very latest guest blogger. Sally Perkins saw her mum suffer a serious eye disease which resulted in her losing both her sight and her independence. Here she shares her experiences of this debilitating condition and encourages others to recognise the signs as early as possible…

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Reflexology: Know Your Benefits

Reflexology: Know Your Benefits

It’s unfortunately the case that on occasion we’re likely to suffer from a range of common disorders, including headaches, migraines, sinus congestion and hormonal problems. For many of us, these will come and go without the need for intervention. But for some, these health complaints may require the need for specialist treatment.

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Make Sure You’re Covered This Holiday Season

Make Sure You’re Covered This Holiday Season

Holidays, what are they for? Lounging around incessantly on sunbeds close to a hotel pool, or an endless array of Instagram ‘selfies’ that prove that your Monday is actually better than the next. But one thing they most certainly are not for, is worrying about the health of you and your family.

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Enrichment Comes From Experiences

Enrichment Comes From Experiences

It’s always been professed that money makes us happy. Indeed, having money enables us to buy the things we want – that brand new pair of shoes you’ve been ogling for weeks, the latest Apple invention to hit the shops, or perhaps a new car is more your style?

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A Sight for Sore Eyes….

A Sight for Sore Eyes….

A recent study conducted by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare found that almost half of participants claimed to not receive any form of eye care benefit from their employers.

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Paycare GP 24/7 App Launch

Paycare GP 24/7 App Launch

With the average waiting time for a routine GP appointment in the UK currently at 14 days and expected to rise to 17 days by the end of 2017*, many of us are finding it increasingly difficult to access GP services when we need them.

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Guest Blog: A Journey through Mental Health

Guest Blog: A Journey through Mental Health

As we mark national Stress Awareness Month this April, a campaign launched to help raise awareness about the causes and cures of stress and other mental health issues, it seemed the perfect time to introduce our latest guest blogger. Jade Secker is a charity fundraiser and former Miss Black Country who has struggled with her mental health for the past five years. Here she shares her experiences, talks about her battle with the ‘stigma’, and offers her insight into how others can get help and support…

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The Benefits of Using Professional Therapies

The Benefits of Using Professional Therapies

Although smoking was more commonplace back in the day when it was deemed fashionable, there is still reported to be around 10 million smokers in the UK today. However, evidence suggests that this number is on the decline, and a reason for this could be down to the large-scale efforts many organisations are making to raise awareness of the associated risks of smoking.

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Meditate on the Move

Meditate on the Move

We all know that meditation is considered to do be one of the best forms of relaxation – not only is it proven to improve your immune system and reduce blood pressure, but it’s also known for increasing mental strength and improving your mood. Sound good?

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Is Flexible Working Good for Business?

Is Flexible Working Good for Business?

To mark official Flexible Working Day today, our CEO, Kevin Rogers, explains why employers across the country are increasingly considering the real tangible benefits of implementing flexible working practices for both their employees, and their bottom-line.

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The Rise of Healthcare Technology

The Rise of Healthcare Technology

Health cash plans have continued to grow in popularity over the years, so much so that they have now reached second place in the rankings of most popular employee benefit in the UK.

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Put Your Positive Pants On!

Put Your Positive Pants On!

Held on behalf of businesses across the local area, this latest event focused on the theme of ‘love’, and discussed and showcased ways that employers can engage their teams in wellbeing activities, encourage ‘happy vibes’, increase motivation and productivity, and learn the secrets (and benefits) of taking time out!

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Three Tips for Top Teambuilding

Three Tips for Top Teambuilding

There is much evidence to suggest that team building can do wonders for team relations – not only helping to improve communication, boost morale, and encourage creativity, but it can also have a huge impact on an individual – and team’s – overall productivity.

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Rise in Health Cash Plan Popularity

Rise in Health Cash Plan Popularity

Health cash plans have continued to grow in popularity over the years, so much so that they have now reached second place in the rankings of most popular employee benefit in the UK.

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Questions to Ask Your Cash Plan Provider

Questions to Ask Your Cash Plan Provider

With more and more people turning to cash plans to cover every day healthcare costs, rather than taking out medical insurance, the decision on which of the many providers to opt for is one that many face. To tackle this, we’re offering our knowledge with you through the launch of our handy questions to ask guide.

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The Benefits of Your EAP

The Benefits of Your EAP

We’re proud of the thousands of people our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) has helped over the years, with it providing confidential and professional but friendly support, advice and guidance to those who need it.

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Employee wellbeing: Now and in the Future

Employee wellbeing: Now and in the Future

By providing a robust employee benefits programme, you’ve made a significant step in promoting and enhancing the wellbeing of your teams. But, did you know that according to the world’s top leadership thinker, Marshall Goldsmith, this is only one half of the jigsaw?

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My Dog Ate My Shoes…

My Dog Ate My Shoes…

According to the Department for Work and Pension (DWP), more than 130 million work days are lost due to sickness absence every year, a figure which is said to cost the UK economy £17bn every year. Whilst the vast majority of these workplace absences are due to very genuine reasons, many more are a consequence of workers pulling a very ‘non-genuine sickie’ simply to get a day off.

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Guest Blog: Mental health in the workplace

Guest Blog: Mental health in the workplace

Mental health in the workplace is a topic which has further gained momentum across the employment and healthcare sector, and the spotlight is starting to shine on it even more throughout 2017. Our guest blog this week is by the team at Office Genie, a desk and office space marketplace, a company which has invested in its own research to understand how employees feel about mental health at work.

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Have Fun at Work Day!

Have Fun at Work Day!

With National ‘Have Fun at Work Day’ taking place this Friday (27th January), we wanted to share just a few ideas to help you and your teams experience enjoyment in your workplace – whilst ensuring maximum productivity of course!

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Guest Blog: The Five Es of Workplace Wellbeing

Guest Blog: The Five Es of Workplace Wellbeing

Did you know, for every 80p spent on health promotion and intervention programmes, £4 can be saved due to reduced absenteeism, temporary staff, presenteeism and increased motivation? (The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion).

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How Paycare Can Help

How Paycare Can Help

Established in Wolverhampton in 1874, Paycare’s ultimate objective remains the same to this very day – to help individuals, families and businesses protect themselves against everyday healthcare costs and bills.

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Thank you to our policyholders

Thank you to our policyholders

As 2018 fast approaches, Kevin Rogers (CEO) takes the opportunity to share with you just some of the ways Paycare has been able to support its customers, local community and fantastic team this year.

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Key Changes to Board Announced

Key Changes to Board Announced

We’re hugely excited to be announcing a number of key strategic changes to our Board of Directors which will bring significant benefits to our Policyholders and the wider communities we are so proud to serve.

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Paycare Unity Cup Helps The Haven

We were thrilled to launch the inaugural Paycare Unity Cup earlier this month which saw two local LGBT football teams battle it out at the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, in aid of The Haven – a Wolverhampton-based charity which supports women and dependent children who are vulnerable to domestic violence and homelessness.

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A Fitting Tribute

A Fitting Tribute

We are delighted to confirm that the ‘Paycare Accessible Lounge’ in the Stan Cullis stand at the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC is to be re-named the ‘Rachael Heyhoe Flint Accessible Lounge, in association with Paycare’.

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