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Bereavement in the Workplace

27th February 2019
“Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes”, or so the saying goes. Bereavement may be a fact of life but that doesn’t make it any easier to manage when it happens, both at a personal level but also when . . .
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13th February 2019
Virtually all of us – between eight out of 10 and nine out of 10 if recent research is anything to go by – admit to dragging ourselves into work when unwell. The conventional occupational health wisdom is that such “presenteeism” . . .
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Christmas Drinking

7th December 2018
As the Christmas office party season starts to ramp up, it makes sense for employers to take a long, hard look at their workplace drinking culture, the effect this may be having on health and wellbeing and inclusivity, and whether they’re . . .
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Festive Financial Stress

1st December 2018
The run-up to Christmas costs UK families at least an extra £800 on average, highlighting why this time of year can for some be a season of intense financial anxiety rather one of joy and merriment. But there is much employers . . .
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Respiratory Disease

29th November 2018
A government report has warned of the damage being done to our cardiovascular systems by air pollution while, separately, UK health professionals are calling for the biggest shake-up in air quality legislation in 60 years. The fact this month is Chronic . . .
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Workplace Bullying

12th November 2018
It’s Anti-Bullying Week this week and, with a growing body of evidence suggesting that bullying in childhood can stay with people throughout their adult lives, employers should be using the opportunity to reflect on the support they offer (positively) to victims . . .
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Stress Awareness

7th November 2018
To mark National Stress Awareness Day this week, employers are being asked to create a “Stress Awareness Space” in their organisation where staff can go to share their thoughts and feelings. Of course, employers that offer an Employee Assistance Programme as . . .
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26th October 2018
This month is “Stoptober”, and Optima Health have been supporting workforces with the annual NHS campaign designed to encourage smokers to quit. The number of smokers in the UK is continuing to fall, according to official figures, nevertheless they, and “vapers”, . . .
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Men’s Mental Health

24th October 2018
By Dr Lucy Wright, Optima Health’s Chief Medical Officer I was thinking the other day about mental health issues in the workplace. They make up the majority of the cases that I see in clinics these days. Unwell and unhappy people . . .
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Breast Cancer

18th October 2018
The number of women predicted to die from breast cancer each year is set to rise from 2022, a charity has warned. Our ageing population, rising levels of obesity and ignorance about what to look out for – and therefore delaying . . .
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