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SWITCHING OFF ‘ALWAYS ON’ WILL BOOST WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH

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SWITCHING OFF ‘ALWAYS ON’ WILL BOOST WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH
  • Two-thirds of Employee Benefit Consultants believe limiting email access will improve employee mental health
  • More than half of consultants say employees will be more engaged and productivity will increase                                                                      

The ‘always-on’ culture where employees have 24/7 access to email could be negatively impacting mental health as well as a range of other performance indicators from productivity, employee engagement and morale, new research1 from MetLife Employee Benefits shows.

Its study found two out of three Employee Benefits Consultants (EBCs) said that initiatives that limit employee access to work emails outside of traditional working hours would improve employee mental health.

Over half of EBCs (55%) also cited that limiting email access would result in a more engaged workforce and 50% believe that limiting email access would lead to productivity improvements.

What is more, nearly two-thirds (61%) believe that curtailing the use of out of hours work emails could lead to better employee morale with just 9% saying limits would hit morale and just 6% saying it would result in staff leaving an employer.

Adrian Matthews, Employee Benefits Director, MetLife UK said: “There is a creeping acceptance that employees are expected to be on call 24/7, available to respond to any and every minor query.

“But the ‘always-on’ work culture could be an invisible handbrake on growth and likewise be impacting wellness, denying individuals to access the ‘off button’ by putting them on a permanent state of reactive alert.

“EBCs are right to identify the positives of limiting access to email to promote better mental health, employee engagement, morale and ultimately productivity improvements.”

A report2by the Chartered Management Institute found the majority of UK managers spent an extra 29 days annually working outside office hours, more than cancelling out their annual holiday entitlement.

Matthews continued, “In our conversations with EBCs and in partnership with our corporate clients, it’s clear that organisations are starting to address the perils of the always-on culture and measures under consideration include developing rules banning internal e-mails after 7pm and at weekends; compulsory email-free holidays where an employer shuts down their email servers out of hours or automatically deletes emails when staff are on holiday.. However, staff will only change their behaviours after guidance from those line managers and team leaders who recognise the potential pitfalls of the always-on culture.”

MetLife’s research also shows that nearly two-thirds (61%) of EBCs believe that placing limits on working hours will become one of the greatest priorities regarding employee health and wellness within the next two years.

MetLife’s Group Income Protection includes a Wellbeing Hub offering confidential health and wellness services and tailored data insight reports to help pinpoint potential risks and issues with employee health and wellness. Line managers can access dedicated support to enable them to address day-to-day workplace challenges.

MetLife is established as the UK’s third largest Group Life provider by the number of schemes it insures3 and the fourth largest Group Income provider. It has generated significant market momentum through its relentless focus on customer needs, innovative propositions, a culture of continuous improvement. and a commitment to building strong partnerships.

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Sunak to raise business tax to pay for COVID-19 support – The Sunday Times

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(Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak is set to increase a tax on business to pay for an extension to COVID-19 support schemes in the budget next month, The Sunday Times reported https://bit.ly/3ujaBcU.

Sunak, in his speech on March 3, will announce he is increasing corporation tax from 19 pence in the pound and will outline a pathway where it rises to 23 pence in the pound by the time of the next general election, the report said. The move will raise an expected 12 billion pounds ($16.8 billion) a year, the report added.

According to the report, at least 1 pence is set to be added to the bill for business from this autumn, at a cost to business of 3 billion pounds, with further rises in subsequent years.

Allies of Sunak clarified he would not increase corporation tax higher than 23%.

These measures will be helpful in paying for an extension to the furlough scheme, VAT cuts and business support loans until at least August.

Unlike the 2010 Conservative-led government, which pursued spending cuts to rebalance the economy after the global financial crisis, Sunak is expected to defer most of the toughest decisions about how to pay for that support in his budget speech.

“The corporation tax hike will be higher than expected and the extension of the support schemes will be longer than most people expect,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

Insiders indicated the stamp duty holiday on property purchases would also be extended in line with the other coronavirus support measures, the report said.

Britain’s economy had its biggest slump in 300 years in 2020, when it contracted by 10%, and will shrink by 4% in the first three months of 2021, the Bank of England predicts.

($1 = 0.7136 pounds)

 

(Reporting by Vishal Vivek in Bengaluru; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

 

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Foxconn chairman says expects “limited impact” from chip shortage on clients

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – The chairman of Apple Inc supplier Foxconn said on Saturday he expects his company and its clients will face only “limited impact” from a chip shortage that has rattled the global automotive and semiconductor industries.

“Since most of the customers we serve are large customers, they all have proper precautionary planning,” said Liu Young-way, chairman of the manufacturing conglomerate formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd

“Therefore, the impact on these large customers is there, but limited,” he told reporters.

Liu said he expected the company to do well in the first half of 2021, “especially as the pandemic is easing and demand is still being sustained.”

The global spread of COVID-19 has increased demand for laptops, gaming consoles, and other electronics. This caused chip manufacturers to reallocate capacity away from the automotive sector, which was expecting a steep downturn.

Now, car manufacturers such as Volkswagen AG, General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co have cut output as chip capacity has shrunk.

Counterpoint Research says the shortage has extended to the smartphone sector, with application processors, display driver chips, and power management chips all facing a crunch.

However, the research firm predicts Apple will face a minimal impact, due to its large size and its suppliers’ tendency to prioritise it. Apple is Foxconn’s largest customer.

Foxconn is looking at other areas for growth, including in electric vehicles (EVs), and Liu said their EV development platform MIH now had 736 partner companies participating.

He expected it would have two or three models to show by the fourth quarter, though did not expect EVs to make an obvious contribution to company earnings until 2023.

Liu also said the company was still looking for semiconductor fab purchase opportunities in Southeast Asia after not winning a bid to take over a stake in Malaysia-based 8-inch foundry house Silterra.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Jeanny Kao; Writing by Josh Horwitz; Editing by William Mallard and Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

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By Sabine Siebold and Kate Abnett

BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe and the United States should join forces in the fight against climate change and agree on a new framework for the digital market, limiting the power of big tech companies, European Union chief executive Ursula von der Leyen said.

“I am sure: A shared transatlantic commitment to a net-zero emissions pathway by 2050 would make climate neutrality a new global benchmark,” the president of the European Commission said in a speech at the virtual Munich Security Conference on Friday.

“Together, we could create a digital economy rulebook that is valid worldwide: a set of rules based on our values, human rights and pluralism, inclusion and the protection of privacy.”

The EU has pledged to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, while President Joe Biden has committed the United States to become a “net zero economy” by 2050.

Scientists say the world must reach net zero emissions by 2050 to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial times and avert the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

The hope is that a transatlantic alliance could help persuade large emitters who have yet to commit to this timeline – including China, which is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2060, and India.

“The United States is our natural partner for global leadership on climate change,” von der Leyen said.

She called the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol a turning point for the discussion on the impact social media has on democracies.

“Of course, imposing democratic limits on the uncontrolled power of big tech companies alone will not stop political violence,” von der Leyen said. “But it is an important step.”

She was referring to a draft set of rules unveiled in December which aims to rein in tech companies that control troves of data and online platforms relied on by thousands of companies and millions of Europeans for work and social interactions.

They show the European Commission’s frustration with its antitrust cases against the tech giants, notably Alphabet Inc’s Google, which critics say have not addressed the problem.

But they also risk inflaming tensions with Washington, already irked by Brussels’ attempts to tax U.S. tech firms more.

Von der Leyen said Facebook’s decision on a news blackout on Thursday in response to a forthcoming Australian law requiring it and Google to share revenue from news underscored the importance of a global approach to dealing with tech giants.

(Additional reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Robin Emmott and Nick Macfie; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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