Commentary and analysis

All items: Occupational health and wellbeing

  • Trauma and stress: Supporting workers' families

    19 February 2019

    We explore the potential impact of workers' exposure to traumatic events and other stressful environments on their families and look at some of the measures that employers can take to support those families.

  • Ten ways employers can maximise their occupational health spend

    7 December 2018

    Occupational health can bring significant expertise to bear on a wide range of workplace health and wellbeing challenges. But, like anything, an organisation's OH provision is only as good as how it is managed and supported. Charles Alberts outlines 10 ways for employers to optimise their OH provision.

  • 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.

  • What is occupational health? A guide for HR and line managers

    31 August 2017

    This article is intended as a resource to help explain occupational health's role to HR or line managers. It may be particularly useful for HR managers who are relatively new to working with occupational health, and who might be working with SMEs with access to a contracted OH provider.

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