Category Archives: Mental Health

Effect of ill health in the workplace on worker productivity

According to research by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the annual cost of sickness absence has climbed to almost £29 billion for UK organisations. This is a mind-boggling figure, but to put it into some context, the cost of sickness absence was … Continue reading

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Dry January – going alcohol-free to improve health

Many people across the UK waved goodbye to alcohol at the end of 2013 and embarked on ‘dry January’ – 31 booze-free days. In fact, currently over 17,000 people have signed up to the Dry January challenge, and many more … Continue reading

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Sickness absence: the health of the nation

In the current environment of job insecurity, increased pressure at work and the subsequent increases in stress and stress related issues, occupational health services are more indispensable than ever. Occupational health is a term we’ve all heard and one that … Continue reading

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Tips for surviving the festive season

For a whole host of reasons, the festive season can be a difficult time for many. Here are just some of the reasons why: Loneliness: It is very common to feel lonely and isolated during the festive season when it … Continue reading

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Christmas. ‘Tis the season to be …. stressed?

The pre-Christmas season. A time for letting your hair down with friends and family and enjoying some festive cheer? That’s one way of looking at it. Alternatively, for some, it’s a struggle to manage the additional Christmas commitments alongside the … Continue reading

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HSE figures show extent of illness related to work in UK

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics for 2012/13 have helped shed some light on the extent of the issue ill health related to work. The report has shown that 22.7 million working days were lost in the … Continue reading

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Calling in sick? Are you actually ill, or are there other issues at play? What employers can do to help

New research from Axa PPP Healthcare has produced some interesting figures concerning the reaction of some SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) to staff who phone in sick. The survey revealed that 60% of bosses of SMEs do not always believe … Continue reading

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Phased return to work after sickness absence

After a person has been absent from work due to illness, especially when the person has been absent over a prolonged period of time, a phased return to work may be the best way of helping the person to re-adjust … Continue reading

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Flexible working for carers

Most of us feel the pressure at work at times and feel like we’re struggling to get everything done. But what about those who work (often full time) and then return home to their ‘other’ (unpaid) job of caring for … Continue reading

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and work

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition characterised by recurring distressing memories, flashbacks and other symptoms after suffering or witnessing a traumatic event. It can develop after being involved in, or witnessing, a serious trauma. PTSD can develop immediately after … Continue reading

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