Isn’t it time ‘corporate stigma’ got therapy instead of people?
Apr10

Isn’t it time ‘corporate stigma’ got therapy instead of people?

Guest blog by Andrew Tamplin, Canna Consulting “I’m having a meltdown” – when it’s more than a metaphor Those of us who’ve worked in the corporate world are used to hearing terms related to mental health being thrown around – usually to describe nothing more than a bad day at the office. How many of us have used terms like … “I’m having a meltdown”, “I’m...

Read More
Why microdosing is a worrying trend, and how HR can protect the business from it’s effects
Apr10

Why microdosing is a worrying trend, and how HR can protect the business from it’s effects

According to Wikipedia, Microdosing (or micro-dosing) is a technique for studying the behaviour of drugs in humans through the administration of doses so low (“sub-therapeutic”) they are unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow the cellular response to be studied. Unfortunately, it seems to be emerging as the latest trend as some professionals take a ‘little something’ to start the day....

Read More
Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems
Apr06

Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems

Guest blog by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind Workplace wellbeing is increasingly at the top of employers’ agendas, and rightly so. After all, we all have mental health just as we all have physical health, and it fluctuates from good to poor. Employers have a responsibility to promote workplace wellbeing and help prevent poor mental health, and it’s in their interests to take workplace wellbeing seriously, as those that...

Read More
What really works in workplace wellness
Apr06

What really works in workplace wellness

An international review of evidence on workplace learning shows workplace training specifically designed to improve wellbeing is effective. Majority of techniques had a positive impact The study, from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, reveals that regardless of what kind of training is used, the majority of techniques had a positive impact: from mindfulness to problem solving, life skills to happiness.   Training to improve...

Read More
How to spot a stressed employee, and what to do next
Apr06

How to spot a stressed employee, and what to do next

In 2015/16, there were more than 480,000 reported cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the UK. According to HSE, this equated to 11.7 million working days being lost as a result. According to a report by employee benefits specialists Unum and Mental Health Foundation, Added Value: Mental health as a workplace asset, 73% of respondents had been through times at work where they felt stressed, overwhelmed or had trouble...

Read More
Stress awareness month: 488,000 cases of stress, anxiety & depression hit UK workforces last year, how can employers help?
Apr03

Stress awareness month: 488,000 cases of stress, anxiety & depression hit UK workforces last year, how can employers help?

Stress Awareness Month, which takes place in April, aims to raise awareness of stress, anxiety and depression and also to correct misconceptions and teach coping strategies to help sufferers both in and out of the workplace. It seems that raising awareness of the impact of stress is long overdue. A report conducted by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that there were 488,000 cases of work-related anxiety and depression in...

Read More
Have you heard of the Sash Windows case, currently being heard by the ECJ? Here’s why you should pay attention
Mar30

Have you heard of the Sash Windows case, currently being heard by the ECJ? Here’s why you should pay attention

Intro Can workers carry over holiday that they have been prevented from taking when they are mistakenly classed as self-employed? This is a question asked of the European Court of Justice by the Court of Appeal in a case brought by Peninsula and supported by the UK Government. The ECJ is considering the case of King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd and anor. Facts King was engaged as a salesman, receiving only commission, for 13 years....

Read More
Are UK workers googling about sleep instead of actually sleeping?
Mar28

Are UK workers googling about sleep instead of actually sleeping?

Searches for the phrase, “How much sleep do I need?” have grown up to 1,429% in the UK over the past 10 years (January 2007 – March 2017), according to Google Trends analysis by health insurance provider, AXA PPP healthcare, with searches for the phrase predominantly peaking at the start of the year, in January. 2016, however, revealed high-peaks of searches for the phrase in January, April and September – so it may be worth...

Read More
Today is ‘Sleepy Monday’ – here’s how to keep alert yourself – and get staff healthy
Mar27

Today is ‘Sleepy Monday’ – here’s how to keep alert yourself – and get staff healthy

Mondays are often described as the worst day of the week. However, this week, not only are staff battling through weekend blues, but this Monday, the first after the clocks go forward, has also been dubbed as ‘sleepy Monday’. According to Christopher Barnes, a University lecturer who coined the term, it’s the day we’ll all be less productive, more irritable and sluggish. Although we lost an hour in bed this weekend, it’s not all bad...

Read More
Are skipped lunches, overtime and lost family time risking staff burnout in SMEs?
Mar24

Are skipped lunches, overtime and lost family time risking staff burnout in SMEs?

The UK’s small and medium sized firms make up 99.9% of the UK’s private sector businesses, employ nearly 3/5 of its workforce and account for 48% of the turnover. In smaller teams, job roles tend to be less defined and employees usually really care about the company’s success. However, full-on pursuit of commercial success may be putting owners and employees of these businesses at increased risk of ill health and burnout....

Read More
Bringing Humanity Back to Human Resources with Mindfulness
Mar23

Bringing Humanity Back to Human Resources with Mindfulness

Guest blog by Dana Zelicha, OBWA Take a moment to reflect on how you woke up this morning. Were you excited to start your day, or did you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or even physically ill by the amount of tasks that awaited you? On a daily basis do you chronically multitask, trying to tackle many different tasks at once but not getting much done or feeling fulfilled? If this scenario sounds familiar, you are not alone. What you are...

Read More
As workers retire later, how can businesses manage dementia in the workplace?
Mar22

As workers retire later, how can businesses manage dementia in the workplace?

An increase in older employees in the workplace, fuelled by both reduced pension pots and a desire to stay active for longer, will mean employers need to prepare to handle an uplift in age-related illnesses and diseases, according to RedArc Nurses. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, over 40,000 people in the UK are living with early onset dementia, meaning that they were diagnosed before the age of 65, and there is evidence...

Read More
Curves over career: One in four millennials care more about their body image than career
Mar21

Curves over career: One in four millennials care more about their body image than career

Two thirds of millennials would exchange a 20% pay cut for the perfect body Young women are seven times more likely to worry about their figure than their career One in five millennials (17%) have received comments about their weight from a colleague A new study into millennial health has revealed that career aspirations are at the bottom rung of the ladder as two thirds of young people would be happy to take a pay-cut if it meant...

Read More
Exactly how far would you commute to work?  And what annoys you on the way?
Mar21

Exactly how far would you commute to work? And what annoys you on the way?

It seems commuters really don’t like travelling to work, but there are huge regional variations in exactly how long commuters are willing to spend on the journey, according to new research. A survey of 1,002 UK adults, carried out by AllCarLeasing.co.uk, found that whilst Londoners are willing to endure the longest commute at an hour and a half, other locations are less tolerant of travelling long distances to work –...

Read More
Bad sleep is having a negative impact on almost half of all UK employees’ work and careers
Mar17

Bad sleep is having a negative impact on almost half of all UK employees’ work and careers

Have you noticed that when you feel good about yourself, you work better? When you’re mentally well, you’re better at making the most of life. That doesn’t mean you’ll never experience any type of emotional problems, but it can mean that you’re able to deal with difficult or stressful situations more easily. The third annual AXA PPP Health Tech & You State of the Nation online survey reveals that, when employees have problems with...

Read More