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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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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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Alcohol and work

Excessive alcohol consumption on the part of employees can manifest itself in various ways, including: employees coming to work with a hangover; staff drinking socially at lunchtime thus becoming less productive and, potentially, putting the safety of other employees at … 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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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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Help for employers dealing with cancer at work

There are 700,000 people of working age living with cancer in the UK and half a million carers juggling a job with looking after someone with cancer. This means that even the smallest business is likely to be affected by … Continue reading

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There is no exemption from mental health problems

It was reported in January 2012 that Leeds United defender Andy O’Brien was to resume training after receiving treatment for depression. In November 2011 he had refused to play in a match against Bolton, which led to his being disciplined. … Continue reading

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European survey – depression is a major problem in the workplace

The IDEA survey (Impact of Depression in the Workplace in Europe Audit) from the European Depression Association (EDA), which polled more than 7,000 people in seven European countries (including the UK), has produced some startling results. Depression is the predominant mental health … Continue reading

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World Mental Health Day 2012 – depression

Today – Wednesday 10 October 2012 – is World Mental Health Day. The aim of this day is to raise public awareness about mental illness by promoting: open discussion of mental disorders; investment in prevention, promotion and treatment services. The … Continue reading

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Cutting sickness absence and presenteeism – making workplaces healthier

The financial and operational effects of sickness absence are considerable, especially for small organisations. According to the most recent independent review of sickness absence*, sickness absence costs the economy around £15 billion a year. There are direct and indirect costs … Continue reading

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