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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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Electronic cigarettes – should they be covered by the smoking ban?

Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are gaining in popularity. According to ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) an estimated 2.1 million adults in Great Britain currently use them. There has been a substantial rise in the number of current smokers who … Continue reading

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The flexible working rules are changing

This week, which saw Flexible Working Awareness Day, seems like a good time to be writing something about the potential benefits of flexible working.  Flexible working covers everything from flexibility in terms of the work location (e.g. home working) as … Continue reading

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National UK Blog Awards – might we win?

The National UK Blog Awards are the only blog awards recognising a multitude of industry professional talent across the UK. They provide a unique opportunity for individual professionals, and organisations, to be recognised for their social media achievements through blogging, … Continue reading

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Changes afoot at the Health for Work Adviceline – telephone advice ends (but online guidance continues)

The Health for Work Adviceline (the Adviceline) has been a successful part of Government’s health, work and wellbeing strategy since it was launched in 2009. During the past 12 months, 130,000 visitors have accessed the Adviceline website, 25,000 people have … Continue reading

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Are employers doing enough to tackle stress at work?

New statistics released by the mental health charity Mind this month, based on a poll conducted with 2,000 workers, have suggested that stressed workers are suffering in silence and employers aren’t doing enough to tackle stress.  The results of a … Continue reading

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The ageing workforce

According to a 2011 POST briefing* on the ageing workforce, low birth rates and increasing average life expectancies will lead to greater pressure on the working-age population to support retirees financially and through care. One way to help to reduce … Continue reading

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Smoking and increased levels of sickness absence

Anyone who has spent time in a working environment will be well aware of the consternation often caused to non-smokers by their smoking colleagues taking smoking breaks throughout the day. Simply taking two extra ten-minute smoking breaks per day would … Continue reading

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‘In Business for Good’ – free virtual summit on wellbeing at work

‘In Business for Good’ is a free virtual summit, which is being held next week (24-28 June). Each year the summit aims to enable small organisations to showcase and share good practice on a particular theme. This year’s summit will … Continue reading

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Radio 4 report: sickness absence and return to work

Radio 4’s ‘In Business’ programme (Thursday 11 April, 2013) ran a feature on long-term sickness absence. Contributors to the programme included Dame Carol Black (advisor on work and health at the Department of Health) and David Frost (the former Director … Continue reading

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