Commentary and analysis

All items: Occupational health and wellbeing

  • Sickness absence dropped to record low in 2017

    1 August 2018

    The average number of sick days taken fell to an all-time low last year, as the CIPD warns "unhealthy" working practices such as presenteeism continue to be overlooked by employers.

  • Mental health support: moving beyond the hashtag

    17 July 2018

    A new framework from Acas has highlighted how employers, managers and individuals all have a role to play in tackling mental health concerns. Gill Dix and Abigail Hirshman explain how businesses and employees can benefit from adopting it.

  • Why the heatwave can be bad for productivity

    28 June 2018

    The Met Office has warned that parts of Britain will be hotter than the Sahara this week. But how does the heat affect the way our brains function, our performance and wellbeing? Neuroscientist Dr André Vermeulen explains.

  • How HR can help stressed employees cope

    21 May 2018

    With Mental Health Awareness Week putting stress in the spotlight, HR teams are reminded of how they can play an important role in helping stressed employees manage. Jaan Madan of Mental Health First Aid England explains.

  • It's not just about mental health awareness

    18 May 2018

    With the proliferation of recent reports on mental health and stress in the workplace, Mental Health Awareness Week couldn't be more timely. But Vicky Wilson-Theaker warns that employers need a culture change to improve mental health, not just an awareness programme that ticks the box.

  • Would flexible access to salaries help financial wellbeing?

    11 May 2018

    Could giving employees access to their salaries as they earn, rather than making them wait until pay day, be the answer to reducing financial stress? Simon Draper of Hastee Pay explains how instant access to their pay could benefit both employers and employees.

  • How to prevent wellbeing from becoming a box-ticking exercise

    26 April 2018

    Employee wellbeing benefits don't require large budgets - listening to what employees want and getting regular feedback on existing benefits packages will go a long way towards fostering a healthy and happy workforce, explains Marianna Roach.

  • Employee wellbeing: Is it ever OK to show emotion at work?

    6 April 2018

    Hillary Clinton's former head of communications has urged women in business to cry more - going against the conventional advice to appear strong if they want to be on a level playing field to men. Life coach Ben Edwards explores how organisations can be supportive of employees' emotional health.

  • Business should put onus on employees' financial wellbeing

    9 January 2018

    Employers should make their employees' financial wellbeing a central part of their strategy, according to a report by Willis Towers Watson.

  • Don't let toxic workplace habits get in the way in 2018

    22 December 2017

    Addiction doesn't have to mean substance dependency - many people have established toxic workplace habits that can make them unhealthy and unproductive. Karen Meager and John McLachlan from Monkey Puzzle Training look at how employers can help staff make the right choices.

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