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Ensuring safe working conditions during the winter

As winter sets in employers need to be aware that workers who are exposed to cold, wet or icy conditions may be at risk of sustaining injuries or becoming ill. In the more mild regions of the UK people aren’t … Continue reading

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Fit for Work – health and work advice, health assessments and return to work plans

Sickness absence is a major problem for the UK economy – 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013[i]. It incurs significant costs for employers (e.g. the cost of temporary cover, lost productivity, etc.) … Continue reading

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Workplace wellness – some ideas

Workplace wellness programmes are a set of initiatives set out by organisations with the aim of creating a healthier workforce. They are based on the premise that healthier and happier employees will be more committed and productive, which will benefit … Continue reading

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Stress – the balancing act

Tomorrow (Wednesday 5 November) is National Stress Awareness Day, and this year’s theme is ‘stress: the balancing act’. So many of us have such full lives that it’s often difficult to balance our various commitments such as work, family, hobbies, … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and work – what support to expect

The Duchess of Cambridge’s second pregnancy, which has seen her afflicted again by a rare and debilitating form of morning sickness (‘hyperemesis gravidarum’), has brought the topic of the potentially incapacitating effects of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy to the … Continue reading

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Fit for Work to tackle long-term absence through advice and occupational health assessments

It’s been announced that Fit for Work will be launched by the Government later this year to provide health and work advice and an occupational health assessment to employees, employers and GPs in England and Wales to help people return to or … Continue reading

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Stoptober – kick the smoking habit

During October 2014, thousands of people across England are taking part in Stoptober, a 28-day challenge to stop smoking, which leads smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve their aim of quitting smoking for good. Giving up … Continue reading

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Chief Medical Officer: More must be done to help those with mental illness to stay in work

  The Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) annual report focusing on the mental health of the nation, which was published on 9 September 2014, has made 14 recommendations to improve public mental health services. Specifically, the report makes a number of … Continue reading

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Cancer and discrimination at work

A survey carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support/YouGov of 2,142 adults living with cancer has concluded that more people living with cancer are experiencing discrimination at work now than in previous years, despite the introduction of the Equality Act in … Continue reading

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Post summer blues

So, the summer holidays are over. Everyone is relaxed and bronzed and ready to resume with the daily grind. Or, perhaps not… Research by Bupa, which has combined the views of 2,000 UK workers, shows that 44% of respondents face … Continue reading

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