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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 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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dealing with stress

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

By Health, Management

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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