British businesses could save £61 billion per year by prioritising health and wellbeing
May21

British businesses could save £61 billion per year by prioritising health and wellbeing

Today, Vitality is calling on business leaders to help their employees engage with health and wellbeing initiatives available to them at work. This comes after new research revealed that three-quarters of ill-health related absence and presenteeism in 2018, equating to £61bn, came from factors such as depression, poor lifestyle choices, and stress, all of which are can be targeted by businesses through health and wellbeing...

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Tips On Having a Workout At Your Desk
Jan11

Tips On Having a Workout At Your Desk

Do you spend a lot of time at your desk? Have no time for a proper workout? That’s okay – most of us don’t. However, you can combine those two and workout at your desk. Are you wondering how? Here are some tips: 1. Stand While You Work Sitting in one position all day or for an extended amount of time can be extremely bad for your health – not to mention your posture. This is why standing while working is such a big trend....

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Putting wellbeing first
Jan10

Putting wellbeing first

With Christmas behind us and the New Year well and truly underway, ‘January Blues’ may well be setting-in. There will also be those who may be more ‘down’ than usual, perhaps feeling stressed, lonely or undervalued. Although more and more organisations are recognising the need to support employees with their wellbeing needs, many are still falling short in relation to emotional and social wellbeing. Only 14 per cent of workers believe...

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7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace
Nov12

7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace

Guest Blog by Keith Tully, partner at Real Business Rescue (part of Begbies Traynor Group plc).   Keith has more than 25 years’ experience advising company directors and shareholders on a range of business matters including cash flow concerns, raising finance, and HR issues.   Our ‘always on’ working culture and sometimes unrealistic expectations of employees, has led to mental well-being in the workplace becoming a significant...

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International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with...

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More than two thirds of students and graduates say they are not completely mentally healthy, according to new survey from CMHA
Oct25

More than two thirds of students and graduates say they are not completely mentally healthy, according to new survey from CMHA

A new report from the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) has revealed worrying stats about the mental health of students and graduates in the UK. CMHA, an alliance of 24 City businesses which aim to create mentally healthy workplaces, has identified the need for business to do more to support early careers jobseekers who are entering the workforce for the first time.     Of the 519 UK graduates and students surveyed planning...

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Office bliss becomes a reality as new index shows 75% of us are happy in the workplace
Oct03

Office bliss becomes a reality as new index shows 75% of us are happy in the workplace

New research by serviced office specialist, Workthere, has found that three in four UK office workers (75%) describe the reality of their office lives as ‘happy’.   The survey of 1,000 office workers, commissioned by Workthere and conducted by independent research company Sapio, reveals the top moments of happiness and biggest pet peeves in the office. The ‘Office Happiness Index’ found that 4 of the top 5 moments that contribute...

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Employers must introduce more flexibility to support new Fathers who are physically and emotionally worn out
Jun06

Employers must introduce more flexibility to support new Fathers who are physically and emotionally worn out

It’s Men’s Health Week from 11-17 June, an annual event that seeks to raise awareness about health issues affecting men. This year the focus is on diabetes, but previous years have looked at waistlines, stress and work and health issues.   Talking Talent, a coaching consultancy leading the gender diversity agenda is marking this week by highlighting the challenges and pressures facing new Dads at work and calling on employers to...

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58% of UK wouldn’t be comfortable telling their manager about mental health issues.
May16

58% of UK wouldn’t be comfortable telling their manager about mental health issues.

A shocking amount of UK workers have little faith in their employer’s ability to support issues such as mental health, stress and anxiety, a study by CIPD course providers, DPG Plc., has found.   The study found that a worrying 85% of UK workers thought that there was a stigma attached to mental health issues and stress in the workplace. This may be the root cause for the 58% that wouldn’t be comfortable telling their manager if they...

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Stress is the main reason for absence, shows research from GRiD
Apr25

Stress is the main reason for absence, shows research from GRiD

Stress, and stress-inducing situations, are the main causes of short-term absence (i.e. up to 26 weeks) according to research* from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group protection sector. Home and family issues account for one in five short-term absences; dealing with childcare issues accounts for nearly as many absences at 17 per cent; and dealing with eldercare issues accounts for one in ten absences.  ...

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CABA launches first ever whitepaper to advise employers on how to boost the wellbeing of their workforce
Nov09

CABA launches first ever whitepaper to advise employers on how to boost the wellbeing of their workforce

CABA, the charity that supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants, has today announced the official launch of its first ever whitepaper: The importance of holistic health and wellbeing at work. The whitepaper addresses wellbeing concerns of businesses of all sizes, and provides recommendations on how best to boost the wellbeing of employees across a range of industries, including: small businesses, non-profits, migrant-labour...

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Bullying Rife In British Workplaces As 75% Encounter Beastly Behaviour
Oct23

Bullying Rife In British Workplaces As 75% Encounter Beastly Behaviour

THREE in four British employees say they’ve witnessed bullying in their workplace, according to shocking new research. Workplace Bullying is mistreatment in the form of humiliating and intimidating conduct, such as gossiping about colleagues, excluding them from activities or name-calling – and in severe cases, work sabotage. And it appears that the beastly behaviour is rife in firms across the nation.     According to new...

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Study Reveals Shift In HR Priorities Surrounding Employee Retention
Oct23

Study Reveals Shift In HR Priorities Surrounding Employee Retention

Employee engagement has been named as a priority for 94% of HR professionals over the coming year, a study from HR technology specialist, Access Group, has revealed.   Seen as a key weapon in the fight for top talent, more companies are now recognising the importance of wellbeing in the workplace. Three-quarters of respondents said their company now had, or was planning to roll out, a wellbeing strategy this year – an increase of...

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Focus Wellbeing Ltd launch offers Resilience Training – the key to workplace wellbeing and improved bottom line
Oct17

Focus Wellbeing Ltd launch offers Resilience Training – the key to workplace wellbeing and improved bottom line

  New company, Focus Wellbeing Ltd, has officially launched at the height of World Mental Health Week, offering businesses and organisations resilience training, mental health therapy, wellbeing solutions and executive coaching. Focus Wellbeing Ltd is committed to offering training provided only by counsellors and psychotherapists affiliated to British accrediting bodies, many of whom are NHS-trained and have lectured at...

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Are you guilty of any of the top 10 most irritating colleague habits?
Sep12

Are you guilty of any of the top 10 most irritating colleague habits?

Bad odours are a no-no in the office, annoying 62% of British workers. – Communication issues, such as being interrupted in meetings, irritates 71%. – Colleagues gossiping about co-workers annoys a fifth of British employees. Brits spend on average 1,740 hours in the office each year; that’s 76,360 hours across a lifetime! Therefore, it’s very important we get on well with our colleagues, whether it be civil or close...

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