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507,000 British workers suffered work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2016/17, resulting in the loss of 8.9 million working days. The majority of these were related to back and neck problems caused by poor posture and repetitive strain. Employers can play a key role in preventing and managing musculoskeletal disorders by planning a strategy that not only […]

The UK faces a “significant mental health challenge at work,” a review commissioned by the Prime Minister has found. Thriving at Work, which was published in October 2017, states that around 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their job each year, putting the annual cost to the UK economy at £99 billion. Employers […]

Stress in the workplace is on the rise and it’s costing British companies considerably in lost time and revenue. According to a recent study by CIPD, stress now accounts for 47% of short-term absences and 53% of long-term absences in the UK and costs the British economy an average of £6.5 billion a year. It is […]

The Employee Wellness Survey 2016, published by the Reward and Employee Benefits Association (Reba) and Punter Southall Health and Protection in March 2016, revealed that growing numbers of employers are now putting employee wellness firmly on their corporate agenda: 31% planned to implement their own wellness strategy in 2016 and 35% are planning to do so in the next three years.
Developing a wellness programme for staff does not have to be complicated. A good place to start is for employers to review their absence data and the demographics of their workforce.

The effects of having an unhealthy relationship with food and body image distress aren’t restricted to individuals’ personal life – like any other cause of stress, they spill over into all other areas of life, including work. Mindful Eating is a new scientific technique that allows us to observe, understand and gain awareness of our eating behaviour. This systemic approach to eating works on several levels, tackling family and societal influences, individual’s emotions and habitual pattern of responding to stress, as well as misconceptions and lack of education on nutrition.

I recently ran several in-house stress management workshops for a mixed bunch of designers, engineers, marketing, HR, production and support staff employed by a Sussex-based company. One thing became clear – some of them were heading towards burnout, and yet this is a company that really takes workplace wellbeing seriously and invests in a number of initiatives and services to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. So why were these people so stressed out?

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