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How to make Occupational Health programmes work harder

Generally, employers use occupational health to be responsible and compliant, while also reducing costs. Aon's 2018 Benefits and Trends survey found that 96% of employers agree that they have a responsibility to influence employee health, although only 65% access Occupational Health services*.

Article by: Charles Alberts | Published: 9 August 2018

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The creeping dangers of sedentary working

A sedentary lifestyle often comes with the territory of an office job. However, AXA PPP healthcare’s research reveals that British workers are racking up an average daily sit-time of nine hours – the equivalent of flying to the Caribbean from the UK [1].  Contributor Dr Yousef Habbab.

Article by: Yousef Habbab | Published: 29 May 2018

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Menopause A Disability? What Latest Tribunal Ruling Means For Employers

Menopause has been in the news recently after the deputy Bank of England governor used the word to describe his negative view of the economy, prompting debate about the nature of menopause and attitudes towards it; he later issued an apology regretting the ageist and sexist undertones of his comment. 

Article by: David Southall | Published: 27 May 2018

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Ten-point strategy to reduce work-place stress

With 12.5 million work days lost each year as a result of stress, depression and anxiety, the global membership organisation Business Disability Forum is using Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May) to raise awareness of the impact of work-related stress and to offer advice to organisations on taking a strategic approach.

Article by: Diane Lightfoot | Published: 19 May 2018

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The creeping impact of stress at work

April was National Stress Awareness month and gave us all a helpful prompt to talk about a year-round issue that has such a negative impact on business and the individuals and families it affects. According to the Office for National Statistics, which carries out a labour force survey on this each year, some 12.5 million working days were lost to work related stress.

Article by: Chris Phillips | Published: 10 May 2018

The expanding landscape of healthcare benefits

It is a truth widely acknowledged that the UK citizens have access to a comprehensive and clinically outstanding public health service, the NHS. As a result, British businesses, unlike those in the US, are often less likely to consider healthcare benefits as a fundamental tool for employee retention and recruitment.

Article by: Kenny Livingstone | Published: 9 May 2018

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Less flex, more stress

Studies the link between health risks and productivity – revealed that employees who do not have an opportunity to work from home or change their start/end time, lose the equivalent of four days** of productive working time per year due to ill-health related absence and presenteeism.

Article by: Shaun Subel | Published: 30 April 2018

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Why work breaks are so important

No matter how fantastic your work equipment is, it is still important to take breaks. It’s simple: if you sit in any chair all day, regardless of how ‘high-tech’ and ‘ergonomic’ it is, you are very likely to develop aches and pains. The reasons it is important to break are: To avoid postural fatigue; To avoid visual fatigue; To refresh yourself mentally and To improve productivity.

Article by: Unknown | Published: 25 April 2018

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Ten steps to tackle workplace stress in the workplace

The Health and Safety Executive[ii] says that 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17. Some of the causes include workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support.

Article by: Adrian Lewis | Published: 24 April 2018

Inadequate funding for physical and mental health

With workplace-related stress, illnesses and mental health issues becoming a bigger concern than ever, is it time for employers to be taking the burden from the NHS? More than half of working adults believe that UK businesses are not doing enough to support the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees, according to a new study released today.

Article by: David Capper | Published: 20 April 2018