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ESSENTIAL SCREEN BREAK COMPLIANCE AT AN ALL-TIME LOW AMONG REMOTE WORKERS DURING PANDEMIC

  • Fewer UK workers are taking Health and Safety (HSE) recommended screen breaks than ever while working remotely, a new survey shows.
  • A new survey, conducted by City Pantry, looks into the nation’s current workplace behaviour, stress levels, mental health and job satisfaction.
  • Employers must promote regular breaks to prevent burnout, as it’s revealed just 18.3% of workers have confided in colleagues about poor mental health.

Fewer UK workers are taking Health and Safety (HSE) recommended screen breaks than ever with less than half of us (49%) taking a break while working from home, new data shows.

The survey, conducted by City Pantry,  asked workers about their workplace behaviour, stress levels, mental health and job satisfaction, to get an idea of what Brits’ working lives look like and how they can be improved through a focus on employee wellbeing.

The survey also found that 8% of workers don’t take any breaks during the day at all, despite HSE recommending workers take a 5-10 minute break from their screens every hour.

In fact, those in desk jobs often end up skipping lunch too, with a quarter of us working through lunch 2-3 times per week, and over 20% never taking a proper lunch break at all.

With Brits set to work remotely for the foreseeable future, it’s important that employers encourage workers to take regular breaks in order to prevent burnout or dips in mental health, as almost a tenth of Brits (8.2%) admit to feeling very low while at work.

But burnout isn’t just an issue for those of us working from home – in an earlier survey carried out by City Pantry in February, it was revealed that 42% of office workers spend their lunch breaks at their desks every day, with 20% of workers in London regularly skipping lunch altogether.

The implications of overworking on mental health are clear, as over a third of respondents (34%) state they often feel unmotivated at work, while 32% report feeling sluggish.

Claire Russell, Mental Health Coach, believes that “responsible businesses, leaders and managers need to be looking at the mental health and wellbeing of employees from a holistic standpoint, and taking into account a person’s ‘whole-being’ when it comes to encouraging employees to be healthier at work.”

This includes helping workers maintain a good work-life balance and encouraging regular screen breaks to reduce the likelihood of employees experiencing poor mental health during the colder months.

 

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EIS INTRODUCES USAGE-BASED INSURANCE SOLUTION THAT UNIFIES PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL CAR USE FOR CONTINUOUS COVERAGE

Includes Ridesharing Solution Enabling Insurers to Cover Drivers Based on How Far, How Well, When and – Now – Why They Drive

 

EIS, a core and digital platform provider for insurers, today announced the introduction of EIS UBITM, a new Usage-Based Insurance software solution that makes it easy for insurers to price, underwrite, and service drivers based on how far, how well, when and even why they drive. The first iteration of the new offering is EIS UBI for Ridesharing, which bridges the traditional divide between personal and commercial lines and provides drivers with continuous coverage.

“With EIS UBI, we are solving one of the biggest challenges to insurers as consumers increasingly demand coverage tailored to fit their lifestyle, be it infrequent drivers seeking mileage-based policies, safe drivers who want to be rewarded for their good driving habits, or drivers earning income from ridesharing, carsharing, and other commercial uses,” said Joel Yarde, Technology Marketing Lead, EIS. “EIS UBI enables insurers to innovate and deliver products for specific uses, take better advantage of telematics and deliver a great customer experience.”

Through seamless integration of data from a wide variety of telematics and mobile devices, EIS UBI can support multiple models including miles only, driver behavior, change of use, or any combination of these and other factors.

“The pandemic has been a catalyst for the UBI market, as insurers across the size spectrum look to ramp up programs. Programs to support various telematics and usage-based-insurance initiatives, including ridesharing, are becoming increasingly important,” said Mark Breading, Partner, SMA.  “It is vitally important that modern core platforms like EIS offer new capabilities to support these programs.”
Solution for Ridesharing
The first iteration of the new solution is EIS UBI for Ridesharing, which solves the challenge insurers currently face in accurately underwriting and pricing based on “why” the car is in use. Rideshare drivers may cycle through four phases that cross over commercial and personal lines of coverage: off the clock, on the clock waiting for the first customer, pickup and driving to the destination, and on route to the next pickup. However, typical rideshare policies cover only stages with riders in the car.

EIS UBI for Ridesharing enables insurers to provide continuous coverage with accurate rates and premium billing according to each phase of use, whether personal or commercial. Furthermore, it allows companies to embed insurance offers directly into the driver experience through their driver app and enable real-time or near real-time interactions. EIS UBI for Ridesharing is already in use by one insurer to provide quotes and service to drivers of a top three global ridesharing company.

 

Driving Innovation

The foundation of EIS UBI is the powerful and extensive event-driven architecture of EIS Suite that makes thousands of policy, billing, claims and customer management tasks, transactions, and interactions available for creating usage-based insurance products.  EIS UBI is the next generation of usage-based insurance capabilities available in EIS’ PolicyCore policy administration platform.

This enables EIS clients to innovate for a wide variety of scenarios from providing unified coverage for vehicles or equipment used for personal and agricultural use, to public and private carsharing, and commercial fleet.

“EIS UBI provides insurers with the tools to create and deploy usage-based products for today’s sharing economy, and to ‘future proof’ their offering as new models of car usage emerge,” said Yarde. “EIS clients have embraced the capability to create new auto coverages and use EIS UBI as a platform to test-and-learn new product innovations.”

 

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ONGUARD WELCOMES ADRIAAN KOM AS CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Onguard, the fintech company dedicated to the order-to-cash process, has today announced it is welcoming Adriaan Kom as its new Chief Commercial Officer. Responsible for overseeing the development and commercial strategies of the business, Adriaan’s appointment strengthens the management team and Onguard’s ongoing commitment to building its market position and international growth within Europe.

 

Adriaan Kom is no stranger to the fintech world. For the past 14 years, he has held various commercial and strategic roles at Onguard’s partner Altares Dun & Bradstreet, including as director of business development and partnerships and general manager of product solutions.   In his career, Adriaan has advised B2B organisations at both national and international level on how to apply optimal data management in the areas of credit management, compliance, fintech, sales and marketing. This wide-ranging experience and eye for innovation makes him the perfect fit for Onguard.

 

Adriaan Kom comments on his appointment at Onguard: “I am delighted to have joined Onguard, given its credentials in the market for being a forward-looking, innovative organisation. I look forward to working with the team to build on the company’s growth. The market is on the move and the strategy we choose to follow will be crucial to future success. My goal is to create a healthy, internationally successful organisation where the customer is central and our employees are proud to be a part of our journey and are rewarded with opportunities to grow professionally.”

 

Marieke Saeij, CEO at Onguard, adds: “I am delighted to welcome Adriaan Kom to Onguard. With his knowledge, experience and customer-oriented approach, I am sure that in the role of Chief Commercial Officer he will realise added value for our customers and contribute to Onguard’s ambition to grow further within Europe.”

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