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.
Updated to include information on the workforce disability equality standard to be included in the NHS standard contract from April 2018.
It is time for businesses to consider the impact of "digital overload" on wellbeing, performance and work-life balance, says Anna Kotwinski, digital wellbeing director of Shine Offline, a company set up to help people manage their use of technology.
The Government consults on wide-ranging proposals intended to improve job opportunities and retention for those with long-term health conditions and disabilities and promote healthier workplaces.
A training programme has been launched for managers dealing with former servicemen and women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychotherapist Piers Bishop explains the rationale behind the programme, and how management training can help all employees with the disorder.
Rapid technological advancements are transforming working patterns and increasing stress and anxiety levels. Resilience training can help, explains Mandy Rutter, psychologist and head of resilience services at Validium, a provider of psychological health services.
Employers should address rising stress and mental health risk through collaboration between internal departments and insurance providers. A dedicated employee risk manager is part of the solution, argues Andrew Woolnough, value propositions director at Willis Employee Benefits.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to occupational health and wellbeing.