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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

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Firms face prosecution for work-related musculoskeletal disorder

Businesses are being urged to offer ergonomic office chairs for their staff – as back, neck and muscle pain account for half of absences from work. Employees have a legal duty to take steps to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal pain in the workplace. And it could make a business more profitable too

Contributor: Martyn Weeks | Published: 12 September 2018

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Working Parents of children with cancer need more support

There are 10,000* survivors of childhood cancer aged 24 and under living in the UK at present and employers are well placed to offer ongoing support to their families. Whilst good psychological support is available for children and teens suffering from cancer via the NHS, local organisations and charities, parents often need their own support too.

Contributor: Christine Husbands | Published: 4 September 2018

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The spiralling cost of alcohol, drugs and tobacco abuse

Employees who use drugs or misuse alcohol are more likely to take time off, display poor performance and their behaviour could increase the risk of accidents, all of which can result in increased costs and risks to business, particularly if roles involve machinery or are safety critical.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 27 May 2018

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Health or wealth – which would you choose

The questions we should be asking ourselves now to ensure a healthier and wealthier future. Over a quarter (26 percent) of British adults don’t look ahead in regards to their physical, mental and financial health and over a third (38 percent) say they have no vision of their future according to new research by insurance provider AXA.

Contributor: Chris Horlick | Published: 25 May 2018

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Employers urged not to forget wellbeing

Research shows investment in wellbeing improves motivation and performance. Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to grasp the opportunity of greater investment in the wellbeing of their workforce and reap significant rewards of improved productivity and performance, according to a major survey and study published today.

Contributor: Steve Jackson | Published: 21 May 2018