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Can escalating work age ill health ever be reversed?

Three-quarters of ill-health related productivity loss is due to factors which can be influenced and addressed through health and productivity management strategies. British businesses lose £81 billion per year as a result of employees’ ill-health, with 35.6 working days per employee, on average, lost due to ill-health related absence and presenteeism in 2018

Contributor: Neville Koopowitz | Published: 16 April 2019

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Diverse members in tech are experiencing discrimination and stress

Tech workforce as stressed as those in the NHS and 5x more depressed than the UK average. Although the industry has a higher proportion of neurodivergent people than the UK average, 24 percent feel negatively discriminated against.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 13 April 2019

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The irreparable eye damage of 24/seven screen time

British workers are spending 85 percent of their waking hours staring at screens. Nearly half (46 percent) of Brits admit that too much screen time during the day affects their sleep. The nation’s workers are jeopardising their sleep quality by spending 85 percent of their waking hours¹ staring at screens. 

Contributor: Sundeep Vaswani | Published: 11 April 2019

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Compensatory rest does not have to be taken in one uninterrupted period

Network Rail allowed rest breaks to be taken "between periods of operational demand when there are opportunities for 'naturally occurring breaks'". It provided that the 20 minute break could be an aggregate of short breaks taken over the course of a shift.

Contributor: Rebecca McGuirk | Published: 10 March 2019

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NHS mental health support plans “won’t stop exodus”

Following the Health Secretary’s pledge to overhaul mental health support for NHS staff – in an effort to boost retention, has praised the move as a promising step, but suggested that it may be missing the root cause of the problem

Contributor: Michael Johnson-Ellis | Published: 5 March 2019

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Urgent boost needed for UK Occupational Health capability

Annual Work & Health survey shows waiting time for treatment, surgery and tests and stress at work largest causes of long term absence. Britain’s manufacturers are urging the Government to use its review Occupational Health (OH) provision in the UK to ensure all companies have access to an OH service.

Contributor: Terry Woolmer | Published: 26 November 2018

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UK healthcare benefit costs expected to increase by 6.3 percent in 2019

Employer-provided health care benefits costs are expected to increase modestly around the globe in 2019. Insurers blame the high cost of medical technology and the overuse and overprescribing of services as the major cost-driving factors and caution that soaring pharmacy costs will become a significant factor over the next five years.

Contributor: Francis Coleman | Published: 18 November 2018

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Third of remote workers contract back pain

Ergonomic working practices are not being extended to home workers; 37 percent of home workers say they have experienced new back pain since they began working from home. 58 percent of employees say they received no help or guidance from their employer on how to set up a workstation at home that supports healthy posture

Contributor: Stuart Nottingham | Published: 12 October 2018

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Stress is top concern at work

New TUC surveys find stress is top problem in UK workplaces. Other concerns include bullying, harassment and overwork. Stress is the top concern in UK workplaces, according to a new TUC survey of trade union health and safety representatives just published. Seven in ten (70 percent) of the reps said that stress is one of the main concerns they have to deal with at work.  

Contributor: Frances O'Grady | Published: 10 October 2018

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Women are ‘too busy’ to take time off work for female health appointments

Millions of women avoiding female health appointments due to heavy workloads. Many feel too embarrassed to ask their boss for time off to address health concerns. The top health worries include cervical health, menopause and breast cancer. Contributor Dr Petra Simic.

Contributor: Petra Simic | Published: 3 October 2018