Tag Archives: stress

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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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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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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Uncontrolled stress in the workplace – taming the beast

Stress. We all experience it at some point. Some more than others, and some more acutely than others. For some people, a certain amount of stress is important in order for them to remain focused and determined to achieve. For … 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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Have you got a good work life balance?

The term ‘work life balance’ is one we’ve all heard before, but how many of us really ever give much thought to the way we balance out our work commitments with the rest of our lives? For many, the pressure … Continue reading

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Work stress – HSE management standards

The HSE’s ‘management standards’ for work-related stress define the culture of an organisation where risks from work-related stress are being effectively managed. The six management standards cover the primary sources of stress at work: Demands: Quantitative demands (workload, working hours, quantity … Continue reading

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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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