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Suicide Prevention Day 2021: 4 ways to talk to staff about suicide

By Employee Management, Health, Health and Safety, Health and Wellbeing

2021 has been another challenging year for everybody, with COVID-19 introducing more non-work-related stress than ever and the continued impacts of the pandemic, from managing personal finances to your health, have compounded the effects of the pressure for everyone. The ONS found that in 2021: 1 in 5 (21%) adults experienced some form of depression in Q1 2021, a 19% increase since November 2020. 4 in 10 (43%) women aged 16 to 29 experience depressive symptoms, compared with around 2 in 10 (26%) of men of the same age. But suicide remains a very concerning issue and something that everyone…

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employee mental health

Employee mental health: how can technology help?

By Employee Wellbeing, Health

2020 has been a year like no other. As we saw 2019 out, raised our glasses to a new year, new opportunities and expectation; little did we know what 2020 would bring. The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 one of the most challenging years this generation will (hopefully) ever face. From job security fears, money worries and anxiety to the impact of lockdown, social distancing and the loss of loved ones: the coronavirus has had a knock-on effect on our mental health as a nation. The mental health of the British public is suffering in this time of uncertainty, changing…

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

By Employee Engagement, Employee Management, Employment Law, Health, Health and Safety

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 an 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 temperatures….

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non-smoking staff holidays

Non-smoking staff given longer holiday and timeoff

By Health, HR News

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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Healthy Food

8 foods proven to reduce stress levels

By Health, HR News

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 are already thousands of those elsewhere on the Internet. All this is, are 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 eat me spinach because it keeps me strong (toot…

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