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Understanding the Weight of Obesity in  the Workplace: Here's What You Can Do
Understanding the Weight of Obesity in the Workplace: Here's What You Can Do
Over the past couple of decades, a variety of cultural factors have contributed to the emergence of an 'obesity epidemic' throughout the UK. Indeed, reports from the HSE found that a combination of dietary changes, less physically demanding jobs, increased use of automated transport and rising popularity in technology (e.g. mobile phones, television and smart devices) that permits a sedentary...

Workplace Rights Receive Updates
Workplace Rights Receive Updates
In the final weeks of 2018, the government announced the biggest package of reforms in two decades, the ‘Good Work Plan’. Its intention is to ensure that the UK meets the challenges of the modern workplace while promoting quality work from employees. 

The legislation includes:

Closing a regulatory loophole that allowed agency workers to be employed on lesser rates than...

Employee Stress in the Workplace - How to Help
Employee Stress in the Workplace - How to Help
While every employee experiences job-related stress at one point or another, too much stress in the workplace can lead to the development of serious mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. And recent data from the HSE revealed that this problem is far too common. In fact, stress, depression and anxiety account for over 40 per cent of work-related ill health complications, with 15.4 million...

Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Occupational lung disease has become a serious killer among UK workers, according to recent data. In fact, work-related lung disease such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mesothelioma kills nearly 12,000 Brits each year, according to the HSE. Lung disease often develops from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace such as asbestos, silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emissions. 

Consider...

Preventing Presenteesim: How to Help  Employees Decrease Workplace Stress
Preventing Presenteesim: How to Help Employees Decrease Workplace Stress
Nearly 90 per cent of employees admitted to observing presenteeism (coming to work when physically or mentally unwell) in the workplace this past year—more than triple the rate since 2010, according to a recent survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The findings mirror a recent report from the Office for National Statistics, which found that the number of working...

Hay Fever Comes with a Hefty Cost to  Employers: Here’s How to Prevent It
Hay Fever Comes with a Hefty Cost to Employers: Here’s How to Prevent It

As blooming flowers accompany the start of summer, they also present a serious problem for your workplace, as the spread of pollen signals hay fever season. Hay fever, characterised by itchy eyes, runny nose and frequent sneezing, causes nearly 4 in 10 workers to have trouble doing their job, according to research by Well Pharmacy. The same research found that 1 in 5 of those suffering from hay...

How Championing Mental Health at Work Can Save You Money
How Championing Mental Health at Work Can Save You Money
At least 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year, according to the Mental Health Foundation. The mental health crisis has come at a cost to UK businesses as well—research shows 70 million working days are lost each year due to mental health illness, costing employers £33 billion to £42 billion annually. 

By investing in mental health...

Britain in Throes of Stress Epidemic
Britain in Throes of Stress Epidemic
Unfortunately, stress has become a common state of being in the United Kingdom, as 82 per cent of people experience it at least once throughout an average week, according to the marketing research company, OnePoll. One cause for this new 
‘norm’ can be attributed in part to the sense of obligation to always be available for work-related matters—even after hours. In fact, 59...

The 6 Things You Can Do to Improve Employees’ Mental Health
The 6 Things You Can Do to Improve Employees’ Mental Health
A staggering 89 per cent of employees feel uncomfortable discussing their mental health with their managers, according to a report from Business in the Community. 

That figure is especially troubling, as approximately 1 in 4 people in the United Kingdom experience a mental health problem each year, according to the NHS. This costs UK employers between £33 billion and £42...

#MeToo: Preventing Workplace Harrassment and EPL Claims
#MeToo: Preventing Workplace Harrassment and EPL Claims
By now, you most likely have seen the hashtag ‘#MeToo’ used on social media to denounce sexual assault and harassment. The movement began in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against US film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein.

This movement highlights the importance of professional ethics and employment practices liability (EPL) for employers as well as directors and...