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      Does your office have ‘sick building syndrome’?

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      Meetings are making us sick, according to a new survey from business technology outfit Remark Group. Sick building syndrome (SBS) is largely believed to be a phenomenon of the nineties, but new findings in the Remark Group’s ‘Air Quality and Wellbeing at Work’ 2019 survey shows that it may well be making an unwelcome comeback. […]

      Why being ‘always on’ can reduce productivity

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      By Helen Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, Benenden Health We live in a world that is obsessed with technology. On average we check our phones 85 times a day. For some, it’s the first thing they do when they wake up. This obsession has certainly affected the way some businesses operate. Employees are able to make phone […]

      We’re not getting enough sleep, risking poor diet and obesity, says survey

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      The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) says 43 percent of adults reported sleeping less than the recommended minimum of 7 hours on the previous night before they took its survey. That’s in addition to 32 percent of primary and 70 percent of secondary school children reported sleeping less than 9 hours on the previous night, despite […]

      Preconception that only men have heart attacks is putting women at risk

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      Millions of women have no idea they could have a heart attack – because they believe only men suffer fatal cardiac arrests. Official figures show there are more than 800,000 women in the UK living with coronary heart disease, which is the main cause of heart attacks. And around 35,000 women are admitted to hospital […]

      90% of workplaces fail to offer menopause support

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      Only 3% of workplaces have policies focusing on the menopause, with almost a quarter of menopausal women calling in sick as a result of their symptoms, according to new data. Forth With Life, a company that provides blood sample analysis and bio-marker tracking to promote and support health and wellbeing, recently undertook a survey exploring […]

      Westfield Health initiative to support workplace wellbeing

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      Not-for-profit wellbeing provider Westfield Health has launched an online initiative to support workplace health and wellbeing. The aim is to educate employers across the UK on how they can make a positive difference within their organisation. With over half (54%) of businesses reporting that they don’t have any measures in place to support the health […]

      Invisible illness: How to support employees suffering in silence

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      In an ideal world, employees should be able to discuss any medical problem with their employer even if they are not immediately apparent. But, in reality, invisible illnesses are often not disclosed due to embarrassment, a lack of awareness or understanding, and a stigma surrounding certain conditions. Sadly, this means that employees aren’t able to get the […]

      Doctor or dentist appointment? You’ll need a note for that

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      Taking time off work to see the doctor or dentist can often be a struggle, through work commitments and other issues that affect our daily working lives. However, if the only time a member of staff can see a dentist or GP is during contracted hours, what legal rights do they have to keep the […]

      Crohn’s Disease: Some tips for coping at work with an “Invisible Illness”

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      By Kelsea Lindsey, Executive Assistant, American Express Global Business Travel It was 2010. I was 19 years old, studying at university and generally loving life. Out of nowhere, I started getting constant stomach pains, so bad that I would throw up. Six months and a nauseating number of tests later, I was finally diagnosed with […]

      8 of 10 Brits admit to ‘presenteeism’ in the workplace

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      ‘Presenteeism’ – that is, coming back to work when still ill – has more than tripled since 2010. According to a recent CIPD survey, 86 per cent of employees admitting they had observed Presenteeism in the workplace. Research by the Centre of Mental shows Presenteeism from Mental Health alone is estimated to cost the UK […]