Allianz Global Assistance UK hosts a Learning at Work Week, engaging employees with wellbeing

During the week of 16-22 May this year, Allianz took part in the annual awareness campaign to support the personal and professional development of its employees.

A number of wellbeing-focused sessions were held, such as diet and nutritional advice, exercise classes, health checks and massages.

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Staff also had the opportunity to take part in activities such as career planning and interview preparation, vehicle awareness and motoring skills. They also tried their hand at dress making and flower arranging, and receive coaching from the South Croydon Table Tennis Club.

Talks were given as part of the initiative from London 2012 gold medal-winning Paralympic athlete Natasha Baker, and the London Air Ambulance.

Serge Corel, chief executive officer at Allianz Global Assistance in the UK and Ireland, said: “We understand that a happy workforce is more motivated and engaged, and that’s what we want for our employees and customers. We aim to always support our employees with opportunities to learn and develop in both their personal and professional lives, and Learning at Work Week fits perfectly with that.”

Maureen Stapley, HR director at Allianz Global Assistance in the UK and Ireland, added: “As an [organisation] we have always been committed to creating an engaging and rewarding workplace, and the fantastic feedback that we have had this week shows that we are succeeding. Learning at Work Week is a great way for us to thank our employees and reward them for their dedication and hard work.”

Climbing the career ladder in 2016?

January is always a month full of promise.  A New Year, new beginnings – out with the old and in with the new.  Resolutions and goals are being set left, right and centre and everyone has best intentions to stick to these throughout the year. (Let’s check back again in March! )

Not surprisingly, this is also our busiest time for placing candidates into new exciting roles within the employee benefits, global assistance & International & Domestic PMI markets. If you’re ready to climb your career ladder in 2016, here’s a snapshot of some of our latest vacancies which may be of interest to you.

acc manager ipmi brussels

head of propositions

marketing manager

sales leader china

senior bdm hong kong

To apply for one of the above, please submit your CV via our website by clicking here.

We hope you have a very happy and prosperous 2016!

Healthcare Executive Search is a specialist search and selection recruitment company for the International Employee Benefits, Global Assistance and Domestic / International PMI markets

8 Behaviours of phenomenally successful people

Business is ultimately about people. Which means business is also about emotions, both yours and those you interact with every day.

Successful people make a huge difference not just in their own lives but also in the lives of the people they care about, both professionally and personally.

Here’s how:

1. They answer the unasked question.

Maybe she’s hesitant. Maybe he’s insecure, or shy. Whatever the reason, people often ask a different question than the one they really want you to answer.  Pay attention… answer the underlying questions they really want answered.


Pay attention to that question, too, because that’s the one the other person might really need answered.

2. They refuse to wait.

You don’t have to wait to be discovered. You don’t have to wait for an okay. You don’t have to wait for someone else to help you.

You can try to do whatever you want to do right now. You may not succeed. But you don’t have to wait.

Don’t wait.

3. They appreciate the unappreciated.

Some jobs require more effort than skill. Bagging groceries, delivering packages, checking out customers — the tasks are relatively easy. The difference is in the effort.

Do more than say thanks to someone who does a thankless job. SMILE. Make eye contact. Exchange a kind word.

Read 5 more behaviours of incredibly successful people in the full article written by Jeff Haden –


Sleepless workers urged to pedal away their stress

Studies show that more than a third of people have suffered insomnia due to stress at work

Cycling to and from work helps combat stress, experts say


Studies show that more than a third of people have suffered insomnia due to stress at work

3% of people also admit to worrying about work for more than 5 hours each day while at home.

The poll of more than 1,000 people was carried out for Cyclescheme to mark Cycle to Work Day last Thursday.

Positive findings show that people who cycled to and from work experienced less stress and took less time to switch off.  Time to dust off those bicycles and plan your route to work!

Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Manchester Business School, said: “Cyclescheme’s research shows a tangible link between active commuting and a reduction in “work hangover” symptoms.

Read the full article at here 


HR must create an office staff want to work in, not avoid

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Productivity is the buzzword of the summer, with various articles proving the positive links between remote working and an increase in productivity.

Condeco Software research showed that 75% of the workforce will be millennials by 2025, and it is the employee’s responsibility to adapt the workplace to them.

Chris Jenkins, Workplace Director at Peldon Rose, agrees, and says that failure to invest and embrace now will only widen the gap in the future: “Progressive forward-thinking companies will have the cream of the crop when it comes to talent and they will have an easier task in retaining that talent.”

The Telegraph has a roundup of 10 of the coolest offices to work in the UK here – we love the Innocent offices grass carpet and Nicholas Tye Architects enormous glass doors make the whole environment feel very ‘zen’ and a peaceful, productive place to work.

Read the full article here at 

Why Employer’s should be caring for staff’s Health & Wellbeing


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With more than 31 million working people in theUK, workplaces provide a great opportunity to reach out to these people and support them to improve their health and wellbeing.
In fact, 85 per cent of UK workers feel their employer has a responsibility to look after their health and wellbeing. This is not a surprise when almost two thirds of employees say their work life may have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.

Despite this, many employers aren’t prioritising employee’s health and wellbeing, and are missing out on the benefits this can bring. In fact, two in five UK companies offer no health or wellbeing benefits and three in 10 employees said that, when it comes to wellbeing, their company is all talk but no action.

Bupa’s latest research shows that almost 60% of UK workers admit, if they felt happy at work, they would be more productive and over 50% would feel more focused. Employees who are involved in their health & wellbeing are more likely to perform well, have lower healthcare costs and take fewer sick days.

So, what should Employers be doing?

While some UK employers realise that future success depends on a healthy, motivated workforce, far more need to take action and lead the way in supporting every employee to take the right steps to keep healthy and well, and reduce future health risks.

Smart employers know that healthy employees come to work, perform at their peak and go the extra mile

Businesses need to take action and think beyond health insurance and traditional health benefits. Greater focus must be placed on creating an environment where employees are engaged and supported to lead healthier life styles and keep well, both physically and mentally. Not only will this benefit the individual, but smart employers know that healthy employees come to work, perform at their peak and go the extra mile.

To read the full article by Charles Orton-Jones on ITProPortal Click HERE  – he discusses the advantages of Bupa Boost, a new digital innovation designed to support employers to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

5 steps to a successful CV

1. Presentation is Key

Employers spend approximately 30 seconds scanning your CV before reading the nitty-gritty.  Keep your CV simply structured and clean-looking.  Use a clear, basic font throughout and have a layout that seperates your information into appropriate sections.  This will make your CV easy to read and encourages you to highlight the important points of your past experience.

2. Understand the job description

Ensure you have read the job description thoroughly and take time to read the Employer’s / Recruiter’s ‘ABOUT ME’ page.  This will help you to understand the company and it’s values and will also confirm you are applying for a role suited to your career and experience.  With the area’s where you’re lacking, fill in the blanks by adapting the skills you do have.  This will demonstrate that the skills you do have are transferable within the role you are applying for.

3. Make the most of ‘Experience’

Use positive, assertive language under your Work history and Experience sections, such as  “developed”, “organised” or “achieved”.  Try to relate the skills you have learned to the job role you’re applying for. For example: “The work experience involved working in a team,” or “This position involved planning, organisation and leadership as I was responsible for a team of people”.

4. Tailor your CV to the role

When you’ve established what the job entails and how you can match each requirement, create a CV specifically for that role. Remember, there is no such thing as a generic CV. Every CV you send to a potential employee should be tailored to that role. Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. You don’t have to re-write the whole thing, just adapt the details so they’re relevant.

5. Keep your CV updated

It’s crucial to review your CV on a regular basis and add any new skills or experience that’s missing. For example, if you’ve just done some volunteering or worked on a new project, make sure they’re on there – potential employers are always impressed with candidates who go the extra mile to boost their own skills and experience.

Take a look at freshening up your CV & head on over to our current vacancies, you could be suited to one of our roles!

Article adapted from Katy Cowan – The Guardian – March 2012

The future of health – Mobile Health?

In this video, Bupa’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Paul Zollinger-Read talks about the potential for digital technology to transform the way healthcare is delivered in the future. Using mobile health applications could improve your wellbeing by monitoring things such as your blood sugar & blood pressure in Real-Time. Bupa have been working closely with WHO and the International Telecommunications Union on cutting-edge applications which could prevent illnesses such as diabetes.

M-Health holds the key to better Real Time monitoring, giving a clearer, more realisitc view of your health, picking up any problems much earlier.

Watch the video here:

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Are smartphones causing us stress in our Working lives?

Some evidence suggests the encroachment of work on home life is creating more exhausted, cynical and burned out workers –

‘It seems difficult, if not impossible, for mobile users to maintain a satisfactory balance between their work and personal life,’ one researcher wrote.

Are smartphones really so bad for us? Hard science on the matter is hard to come by. In the absence of solid evidence, debates on their effects are driven more by conjecture, anecdotes and surveys. Some studies, however, are starting to provide a few answers.

When companies hand out smartphones to their employees there is an implicit agreement that those staff are on call any time, any place. Once the workers are used to being connected to the office at all hours, it can be hard for them to detach and relax, says Arnold Bakker, a professor of work and organisational psychology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Christine Grant at Coventry University surveyed remote e-workers at 11 major UK companies. She found that the impact of mobile technology was very much down to the individual. Many found the technology helpful and that it allowed them to work more flexibly. Others suffered from the “always-on” culture, particularly frequent fliers who were contacted at all hours by colleagues in different time zones.

A Gallup poll in May found that stress levels in US workers were higher the more often they checked work emails on their smartphones out of normal hours. Nearly half who checked their emails frequently reported high stress levels, compared with around a third who never bothered.

There was more to the data than that. Workers who emailed most outside work hours rated their lives better than those who did not. Though more stressed out, the emailers saw their behaviour as proof of professional success and accomplishment, Gallup speculated. In other words, emailing outside work hours gave people a sense of importance and status.

Read the full article by Ian Sample on The Guardian website

Clocking off: Manchester stress specialist calls on UK to follow France in post-6pm work call and email ban

A Manchester therapist has backed the French government’s ban on extra-long working hours – and wants the stress-beating measure brought to the UK. The new French law affects around 250,000 employees who work in technology and consultancy, including the French branches of Facebook and Google. Workers will be legally obliged to ‘disconnect’ from their work after 6pm, meaning that emails and phone calls will have to remain unanswered until the next working day.  Companies also have to ensure that their employees are placed under no pressure to ignore the ruling as the French government attempts to improve life for workers outside of the office.

Keith Chadwick, Director of Private Psychotherapy service at Manchester’s Centre for CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and a therapist himself, has seen an increase in cases of work-related stress over the last few years.

“What the decision says is that we need to have measures in place relating to how people manage their work and non-work lives and how they can achieve a balance,” he told MM.

“There’s an increase in stress in the workplace and often people have habits created from working long hours and they no longer have that balance.

“It’s really interesting because they’re really trying to achieve a better health scheme in the workplace by asking people what their boundaries are and how they can manage them better.”

Recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive showed that 40% of absenteeism at work was down to stress in the last year.

Read the full article by Amy Lofthouse on Mancunian Matters


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