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Is it too hot to work? A HR Guide to Working Temperatures

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It’s hot, summer is finally here and the burning question on everyone’s lips is “Is it too hot to work?” Whether you work in an air conditioned office, a school, a factory or even outdoors as the temperature rises, so do levels of irritability with everyone thinking the same “Is it too hot to work?” In the UK, according to www.gov.uk ” indoor workplace temperatures must be reasonable” but from a HR Manager’s perspective that’s not clear. Can employees go home if it’s too hot or not? The answer is complicated because legally there is no law for maximum working…

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Non-smoking staff given longer holiday and timeoff

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A school is Switzerland is going to “reward” it’s non-smoking staff members with an extra week’s holiday for setting a good example to pupils. The school in Basel introduced the initiative to encourage their students not to take up smoking. Switzerland has different laws for different territories in the country but in the Basel-Landschaft region, where the school is, it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. The Schillingsrain Schulheim institute is a highly regarded boarding school and wants to encourage their students to take interest in a healthy lifestyle. Rather than ban staff…

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8 foods proven to reduce stress levels

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It’s been scientifically proven that what you eat has a direct effect on how you can deal with stress. Straight away, we know what you’re thinking and don’t worry, this isn’t one of those articles telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat. There’s already thousands of those elsewhere on the Internet. All this is, is a few pointers about foods you might want to try and include in your lunchbreaks at work to help your body cope with stress. Spinach As a famous sea explorer once said: “I eats me spinach because it keeps me strong (toot toot)” but…

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Why cavemen caused anxiety in the office and how to deal with stress

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Why do we become stressed? Did you know that stress is an evolutionary function which was vital for our ancestors thousands of years ago? It was to protect themselves and their children from creatures like wolves and large wild cats such as pumas or cougars. See, stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or danger. When something triggers you into feeling threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol for crisis situations. Fast forward to 2016 and stress is seen as a burden and quite frankly, it should be. In 2012…

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Next month, thousands of UK employees to be banned from smoking

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Starting next month, new rules from Nottinghamshire County Council, mean over 9,000 of their current staff will be banned from smoking during working hours. The new rules, which were just approved yesterday, will be enforced mid-May and also includes any form of E-cigarettes. Any workers found breaking these rules will be formally disciplined. The initiative has been proposed to improve the health and productivity of council workers. NCC have said the ban will include all council buildings, land and vehicles. The chair of Nottinghamshire County Council, Joyce Bosnjak, said in a statement; “The harm that tobacco causes stretches across all…

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