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This week’s guest blog is by Paul Barrett, Head of Wellbeing at the Bank Workers Charity, and was originally posted on Wellbeing Pulse, a blog delivering the latest in thinking, research and techniques in workplace wellbeing across and beyond the UK banking industry.

Having recently completed a literature review with Robertson Cooper on work-life integration and its implications for the modern workplace – watch this space – I was intrigued to participate in a Good Day at Work lunch to explore how organisations are taking to it in the real world.

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The Art of Making Happy Work!

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This week’s guest blog is by Mick Timpson, CEO and Founder of beanddo™.

Workplace mindfulness meditation is everywhere now. There are programmes for almost everything from compassion to leadership, to career development and productivity to cheese making.

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Last week we hosted our second Good Day At Work lunch of the year at the lovely Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in London, with guests from organisations including Mars, BUPA and United Learning.

Our Good Day At Work President, Sir Cary Cooper, and I led the round-table discussion, which centred around ‘work-life integration’ – a theme we’re exploring with our partner, Bank Workers Charity, throughout the year.

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Like coffee machine breakdowns, train delays and printer jams, absenteeism is an unavoidable part of working life. Absence, however, is only one part of the picture when it comes to employee health.

Presenteeism, or sickness presence, is the act of showing up for work without being productive, generally because ill-health prevents it. Presenteeism in the workplace is not a new phenomenon – anyone who’s ever dragged themselves to work with a splitting headache could tell you that. But, while employee’s sickness absence levels are routinely measured as part of health and productivity monitoring, the less tangible levels of sickness presence are often ignored. One of the reasons that the CIPD’s most recent report on absence management found that a third of organisations have reported an increase in people coming to work while ill.

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The Power of Personal Experience

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As we see more and more organisations taking an active interest in the wellbeing of their employees, we have to remember that we, as individuals, can’t rely on our employers to “fix us”; we have a certain level of responsibility and control over our own wellbeing. But do corporate wellbeing strategies really inspire us to exercise this control?

The power of change doesn’t come in the form of numbers and policies, it comes in the form of people.

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