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  • Jan 12, 2017 Work and Society

    The PM puts mental health at the top of YOUR agenda

    This week, PM Theresa May announced an overhaul of the nation’s mental health; focusing on removing the stigma and providing more access to treatment for all, but especially for Britain’s children and adolescents. She is also asking employers to take action, announcing mental illness prevention as a top priority for employers. In her speech she said that, “mental illness… destroys lives. Changing this goes right to the heart of our humanity”. We only have to watch our partners at The Movember Fo… Read more
  • Dec 13, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Presents of presence

    We spoke recently about the festive season and how mindfulness can help us cope during this typically busy period. Taking time out to refocus our energy is terrific for our own mental health, but how are we when it comes to considering the needs of our loved ones? While we’re racing about at work, shopping cooking, decorating and managing events – are we actually giving our loved ones what they want most? Our undivided attention and presence? Are we unintentionally sending a signal that we are ‘… Read more
  • Dec 13, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Why music for wellbeing rocks

    When Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey songs start getting stuck in your head, you know it must be Christmas! For some, the relentless repetition of Christmas songs can be agonising, but there’s evidence that singing along to those Christmas classics is good for your wellbeing. Further research into the power of music has shown that people who participate in regular group singing experience improved levels of happiness and good health. So those festive carollers or Bublé wannabes are onto something… Read more
  • Dec 13, 2016 Psychology

    Are you experienced?

    We’ve noticed a trend of people forgoing the usual gift-wrapped presents, instead sharing travel or giving other types of ‘doing’ experiences instead. Several people in our office stated that they haven’t bought their partner actual things in years, instead buying holidays or fancy meal experiences instead. Now science tells us that this type of gift giving is in fact, much better for our overall wellbeing. Research conducted by Cornell University showed that gratitude generated by an experience… Read more
  • Dec 08, 2016 Technology

    Enough TV Britain!

    At this time of year it’s far too easy to come home after work and head straight for the couch for a cosy night in front of the television. And why wouldn’t you? It can be miserable, dark and freezing out there. TV is so great to unwind with so it’s no wonder that Brits are now averaging over an hour more TV per day than ever before – a staggering 20 hours each per week. Given the sheer variety and accessibility of TV programmes through mobile streaming and on demand sites like Netflix, it’s eas… Read more
  • Dec 08, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    How Will You Spend Your Happiness Day?

    In our latest 'What is a Good Day At Work' report, we discuss the importance of our physical and emotional energy for creating good at work. We found that having balanced energy levels is crucial for managing and improving our overall wellbeing at work and at home. Very often, we know how to take care of our physical selves – the basics of nutrition, exercise and rest are covered. We can manage the flu season and periods of illness, but are we as equipped to manage when our mental health starts … Read more
  • Dec 01, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Mindfulness for a happy and healthy festive season

    No matter what you’re celebrating this festive season, its sure to be busy! Even for those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas, the holiday period can be full of pressure and other challenging experiences that can make our wellbeing a little harder to manage. For some, the festive season can lead to over thinking, over planning, over eating, over drinking and more! The pressure to finish off work projects before the traditional office break, as well as juggling family and social commitments hard… Read more
  • Dec 01, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The problem with multitasking

    While you’re reading this, what else are you doing? Own up - Are you walking somewhere, eating your lunch, on a conference call, in a meeting, checking Facebook alerts…? How many tabs are open on your computer? Nowadays, we defer so much to keeping an eye on things, that we have become very distractible. The ability to have, hold and find information, anywhere at anytime means that we are more often than not, used to multi-tasking and concentrating on several things at one time. Busy yes, but ar… Read more
  • Dec 01, 2016 Work and Society

    Why do we get annoyed at work?

    How do you feel at work when people don’t replace the shared milk? Or don’t clean up after using the staff kitchen? How do you feel when your colleague hums or constantly sniffs all day? Do you secretly rage at those who take loud personal calls near your desk? For many, simply just reading this, is enough to bring resentment, anger and irritation bubbling to the surface…And you’re not alone. These are just some of the common everyday office activities that cause irritation and anger in offices … Read more
  • Nov 24, 2016 Technology

    The new working world

    Manchester based Futurist, Mike Ryan recently produced a report for BrightHR, outlining a vision for the future of jobs and the new workplace. Mike theorises that in the future, the understanding and role of wellbeing and care will be more critical as we move towards improved health leading to longer life expectancies. Alongside longer working lives and the speed of technology that is occurring, it is natural that the workplace will be impacted. For health and wellbeing, this report discusses th… Read more
  • Nov 24, 2016 Work and Society

    Movember 2017

    Our MD Ben Moss has transformed from fresh-faced to hipster in less than a month! As the month of the Mo’ rolls to an end, it’s to time to compare the facial hair and dig deep for men’s health. While there are obvious mo-benefits—looking sharp, keeping that upper-lip warm—the main aim of the game is to raise awareness and much needed funds for men’s health. 3 out of 4 suicides are men. The Movember Foundation have released a video featuring real men telling their story of mental health—even read… Read more
  • Nov 23, 2016 Technology

    Smells of success

    There’s many workplace elements we take for granted that go towards having a good day at work. Functioning technology, good relationships, comfortable seating, appropriate heating/cooling, the list goes on. It’s often these ‘small’ things that influence if we have a ‘good’ workplace environment or not. And it’s usually only when these factors fail that we realise what we don’t have. For example, have you ever been in a workplace when the toilets don’t work or, shall we say, are less than ‘pleasa… Read more
  • Nov 16, 2016 Technology

    Wifi that can tell if you’re having a Good Day At Work

    Previously we spoke on the positive impacts of technology for health and wellbeing. Well now, American researchers have unveiled a new kind of mood monitoring and tracking, via WiFi. The Artificial Intelligence team from MIT computing created a device that detects inner emotional states. It works by bouncing wireless signals off people’s bodies, capturing changes in heart rates and breathing. It’s triggered by a signal from the WiFi that prompts the user to breathe deeply 3 times – if the user i… Read more
  • Nov 15, 2016 HR

    Personnel Today Award Nomination

    It’s almost time for the Personnel Today Awards 2016, and we could not be more excited! We have been shortlisted for ‘Award for Health and Wellbeing’, for our work with Network Rail – one of the four Award nominations we have received this year from various groups. This time, next week, we look forward to celebrating those who will be recognised for excellence. Personnel Today recognised our project, Everyone Fit for the Future – Embedding a Culture of Wellbeing for Network Rail, a strategy that… Read more
  • Nov 14, 2016 Work and Society

    World Kindness Day

    This last Sunday, the world celebrated compassion and goodwill to others through World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day is a global celebration that has been recognised throughout the world for several years. Driven by The World Kindness Movement, the day involves people around the world showing how we can focus on others and make the world a better place. For many, 2016 has been a startling year full of world events that have shocked, horrified and made us question what kind of a world we live … Read more
  • Nov 10, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The end of PE in UK schools?

    Somerset school replaces PE lessons with wellbeing classes Independent Somerset school, Wellington School is encouraging students to manage both their physical and mental health, by introducing lessons on diet, nutrition, leadership and mindfulness. Replacing a curriculum of team sports only for PE classes, the school has made the change in light of the study by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood. The study suggested that physical education in UK schools need… Read more
  • Nov 08, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Winter Is Coming

    Believe it not, there are many reasons to love the winter time. Frosty mornings, lots of stodgy meals, Christmas time and wrapping up in stylish warm layers, to name a few. However, many people find that once the clocks go back and the days get shorter, their mood takes a serious downturn. The ‘winter blues’, or Seasonal Associated Depression (SAD), effects many of us in varying degrees. The lack of light exposure during the winter months is thought to cause many problems including hormone imbal… Read more
  • Nov 08, 2016 HR

    We want to hear your workplace story!

    Our research says one out of ten people don’t have any good days at work each week. We’re after people who have struggled or didn’t enjoy their job but have come through the other side. If this sounds like you and you’d like to share your story on camera, we'd love to hear from you. Contact our team for more information! Email us at hi at robertsoncooper dot com To learn more about What is a good day at work, download our latest report.… Read more
  • Nov 01, 2016 Technology

    You've Got Mail

    Who is guilty of checking work emails while waiting for dinner to cook, or for the kettle to boil? We all know that the last 20 years of tech have changed how we live and socialise, but also how we work. Email and other remote working tools have made flexible working common, and has shown benefits for employee wellbeing. However, we wonder - just because you can be working, doesn’t mean you always should be working. A recent study by 3 American universities found that of 300 working adults strug… Read more
  • Nov 01, 2016 Psychology

    National Stress Awareness Day 2016

    This week, the nation reflected on the nature of stress through National Stress Awareness Day. People took to social media, discussing mental health and wellbeing using the hashtag #nationalstressawarenessday. The conversation included lots of tips, advice and support for reducing stress. Our Good Day At Work team focus on support, intervention and the importance of resilience when managing healthy levels of workplace stress. We see daily how workplaces are working to minimise the impact of stre… Read more
  • Nov 01, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The Month of Mo!

    Attention fuzzy friends! It’s the first week of November and you know what that means! Movember 2016 is here, so time to put away the razors and get growing those Mo’s! Our MD, Ben Moss has accepted the Mo’ challenge and will be joining thousands of people worldwide to raise awareness and funds on behalf of our partners, The Movember Foundation. We can’t wait to bring you all the ‘glamorous’ progress photos of our Ben as he and his Mo’ grow through the month. Wonder if he’ll let us dye it? We lo… Read more
  • Oct 25, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Working Hard or Hardly Working?

    A recent study ‘The way we are now: labour of love or love vs labour report’ found increasing numbers of us are feeling the strain of overbearing responsibilities and unrealistic targets, all of which can have adverse effects on wellbeing. The study found that a third of those interviewed said they felt that management made them feel as if they should be on call 24/7, and that their job was expected to be put before their personal relationships. 30% of respondents felt that being ill was not a g… Read more
  • Oct 25, 2016 Psychology

    Laughter is the Best Medicine

    Q) What Cheese do you use to hide a horse? A) Mascarpone Now, the introduction of humour and fun as part of the working day could seem like an abonnement of professionalism and a guarantee of unproductivity. However, It Pays to Play, a study conducted by Robertson Cooper and BrightHR, found just the opposite. By increasing people’s levels of enjoyment while at work it led to an increase in their overall levels of wellbeing and better productivity. The findings of the It Pays to Play Research are… Read more
  • Oct 25, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The Art of Doing Nothing

    From the morning alarm clock, right through to the closing credits of an evening’s Netflix binge, our days are packed with noise. With all this distraction, perhaps now it is crucial we discuss the art of mindfulness and how it promotes our wellbeing. As we have increased the amount of technology we use, both personally and in the work place, we now have more ways than ever to contact each other. And with it comes more buzzing, dings and alerts pulling us out of our thoughts and back into commun… Read more
  • Oct 20, 2016 Work and Society

    Our Children Are Our Future

    “Nearly a quarter of a million young people are receiving specialist health care for mental distress, ranging from depression to eating disorders. Disturbingly, it is a crisis that is getting worse.” Read the full article in the Guardian." What are the roles of gender expectations and stereotypes in our kids’ lives and how much are they to blame for this? What is amiss in our society that creates a melting pot where our children are increasingly mental unhealthy? At such a delicate time in our l… Read more
  • Oct 20, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    It’s Never Too Late To Achieve Something Great

    What is the best way to celebrate a 75th birthday? Ray Matthews celebrated his in the most extraordinary of ways. He did 75 marathons in 75 days around England. Spurred on by his desire to raise money for Newman Special School in Rotherham, a fitness level many 20, 30 and 40 somethings would admire, and what can only be described as persistence and dedication. The ‘Amazing Ray’ (as some of his fans in the office have dubbed him) said "Other people have doubted me, but that's fine. I've always ha… Read more
  • Oct 20, 2016 Work and Society

    Gender Roles In The Workplace

    Hillary Clinton could make history this November if she is elected as the first female U.S President. An impressive milestone for gender equality; especially when you consider had she been born 100 years earlier she would not have even been able to vote in an election, let alone run. Mrs Clinton’s possible return to the White House opens up an important discussion on gender identity. If we have evolved into a society where a 68-year-old woman can become President, then just how far have the ‘tra… Read more
  • Oct 14, 2016 Banking & finance

    Higher Earners Are Working Flexibly

    For many parents, working flexibly allows them to do the school ‘pick-ups’ or ‘drop-offs’, see sports days, school award presentations and just be there for their kids. New research shows that parents who earn more than £70,000 a year are almost 50% more likely to work flexibly. The findings in Personnel Today, show an unfair link between peoples’ salary and their right to access flexible working. Working Families’ chief executive Sarah Jackson said: “We know flexible working makes business sens… Read more
  • Oct 14, 2016 Work and Society

    CEO Introduces Five Hour Working Day

    Entrepreneur and CEO of Tower Paddle Boards, Stephan Aarstol is breaking the nine to five mould by introducing five-hour working days into his company. He recently wrote for the Huffington Post explaining why he made the move: “We operated on a standard eight-hour workday at first, just like most other companies… Freeing up employees’ afternoons for the outdoor lifestyle the company promoted would be a natural fit. So on June 1, 2015, I initiated a three-month test. I moved my whole company to a… Read more
  • Oct 14, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The Future Of Our Workforce Focusing On Wellbeing

    Children are the future of our workplaces and society. One primary school is incorporating mindfulness and wellbeing into their school day. If we can get children into the habit of taking personal responsibility over their wellbeing, it will help create happier, healthier workplaces in the future. And more people will have more good days at work. Comment below or tweet us. Video courtesy of Channel 4 News Facebook.… Read more
  • Oct 14, 2016 Work and Society

    Switch On By Switching Off

    We are constantly packing and unpacking our never ending list of priorities. We try to squeeze every last drop of efficiency out of our week, and all too often the first sacrifice is our personal time. The time we take for ourselves to switch off, wind down and relax. A recent study, aptly named The Rest Test, found that 68% of 18,000 volunteer participants felt they were not getting enough rest. It is easy to understand why this happens. Between work, social commitments, family, general life ad… Read more
  • Oct 06, 2016 Technology

    Your Next Job Is In The Palm Of Your Hand

    In what epitomizes the new gig economy—which is all about flexibility and choice—London-based start-up ‘Gig’ has launched their new app. Giving workers the choice in the palm of their hand, Gig allows users to pick shifts that suit them and get paid 24 hours later. Targeted at the hospitality and retail sectors, it’s perfect for millennials who expect choice and flexibility when it comes to work. This group are the future of our workforce. We’ve previously written about how employers think that … Read more
  • Oct 06, 2016 Work and Society

    PM Acknowledges The Working World Is Changing

    The working world as we know it is in the midst of significant change. More and more people are expecting flexible work and taking up ‘gig’ jobs. As reported by the Telegraph, “a total of 4.8million people are self-employed, 900,000 on zero hour contracts and 1.7million in temporary work”. This is a significant group of our population and represents the true nature of the new workforce. Prime Minister Theresa May, came out at the beginning of the month (October 2016), launching a review of worke… Read more
  • Oct 04, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Young Women Most Vulnerable To Mental Illness

    Young women are at the highest risk of mental health issues in the country. New research from NHS Digital, shows that one in five women aged 16 – 24 suffered a common mental disorder such as anxiety or depression. These women are the future of our workforce, the future of generations even. Why are they the most vulnerable in our society to mental illness? Many of these women have grown up in the social media age, perhaps this is factor. We still don’t know the long-term impacts this may have on … Read more
  • Sep 28, 2016 Work and Society

    How Happy Is Your Postcode?

    If your postcode sits in remote Scottish Islands, the Outer Hebrides, your answer would be very happy! The happiest in the country in fact, according to wellbeing data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). A quick Google image search of the islands makes it easy to see why, from picturesque coastlines, beautiful beaches and unique wildlife—it’s a pretty spectacular place to live and work for the 30,000 people lucky enough to call the islands home. The Daily Mail has published the new ONS… Read more
  • Sep 28, 2016 Work and Society

    Mini-me For Employees

    How cute is this! One employer, Moo.com, is gifting life-like, felt-replicas of their people once they’ve been with the company for more than two years. We’ve been assured they are not, in fact, voodoo dolls, and are very cute and surprisingly apt. We think it’s a unique, lovely way to reward loyalty. Moo.com aren’t alone in giving their people unique perks. We’ve previously featured Filtered Media, based in Sydney, Australia, who give their people an extra day’s holiday each year to celebrate t… Read more
  • Sep 28, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    And The Award Goes To...

    This Tuesday, 27 September, was the CIPD People Management Awards. We waited with bated breath, as the afternoon turned into night. The frocks and suits came out. All (well most) of ‘HR and wellbeing’ descended on London-town as the winners were announced. Our work with Network Rail—Everyone Fit For the Future—was up for nomination for the Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative category. On the night, we were pipped to the post by Reed Business Info—congratulations to them! Even though we didn't c… Read more
  • Sep 22, 2016 Technology

    Are Apps Good For You?

    The rise of the tech-age is often blamed for the rise of health issues—from obesity to mental health—it’s been said to make us lazier, less social and take up too much of our time. Our Senior Business Psychologist, Katie Dodsworth, has recently written about her own technology addiction and how it’s impacted her wellbeing. But a recent article in The Guardian, challenges this and suggests that the right apps, when used correctly can be a really useful tool to help people take control, measure, a… Read more
  • Sep 21, 2016 Work and Society

    The Power of Music

    Music. We’re told it’s the gateway to the heart, the key to our emotions. It can transport us through time and space back to a day, a feeling, the memory of a person… And lately, more and more it has become a feature of the workplace. At first music in the workplace may appear slightly antisocial, a room full of people all with ear-phones in. A study by Dr Anneli Haake, into music in the workplace shows that music helps people to engage at work. Most people in Dr Haake’s study listened to music … Read more
  • Sep 21, 2016 HR

    Sir Cary Cooper Inducted Into HR Hall of Fame

    HR Magazine has inducted our President of Good Day At Work, Sir Cary Cooper into HR’s Most Influential Hall of Fame. Sir Cary was awarded HR's Most Influential Thinker last year and the year before. And now being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a really an outstanding acheivement in an already decorated career. Sir Cary has spent decades being at the forefront of workplace wellbeing thinking and academia. “It’s an honour for my research in to organisational psychology and wellbeing to be recog… Read more
  • Sep 14, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Remembering The Happiness Of Our Childhood

    The nostalgia-inducing, family-favourite Roald Dahl titles brought imaginations to life for generations. This Tuesday 13 September was Roald Dahl Day, and we simply cannot let the day go past without a tribute to him. We’ve all got our favourite paperback—our office was divided between James and the Giant Peach, the BFG, Matilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… The Telegraph have put together a list of the top 16 Roald Dahl books--what’s your workplaces’ favourite? Reading and imagination… Read more
  • Sep 14, 2016 Work and Society

    Bringing A Passion-Project To Life

    We love it when our local community comes together to create something great. And what’s greater than a pub!? Another pub in Manchester? Doesn’t really sound ‘special’, you say? Well it is. The proposed pub to be donned ‘The Pilcrow’, will be built by volunteers using ‘dying’ construction methods like glassblowing. “The Pilcrow is the brainchild of Ben Young at Capital Properties: “Skills that were once common place have become endangered. Craft dies when we find a faster, cheaper way of doing b… Read more
  • Sep 14, 2016 Work and Society

    The Healthcare Gap

    Healthcare, a universal right every single person is entitled to. Or is it? Groups within all societies can fall into a ‘healthcare gap’, where access to, often basic healthcare is not easily or readily available to them. Unfairly, certain groups with society (usually non-minorities) receive better access to healthcare than others. Often it’s due to socio-economic and cultural factors. This has a huge effect on those groups with less access—from childbirth, adolescent health to elder health and … Read more
  • Sep 09, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    We Want To Hear From You

    This is your chance to be involved in our latest study into what makes a good day at work for people in the UK. And by doing so, you will go into the draw to win a Good Day At Work prize! Tell us in 100 words or less how you have created a good day at work for yourself. · How did you identify what made a good day at work for you? · What measures have you put in place in your home and work life to improve your wellbeing at work? This could include flexible working, improving a workplace relations… Read more
  • Sep 08, 2016 Work and Society

    Is It Time We Took A Leaf Out Of The Scandinavian Book?

    Some companies in Sweden have introduced six hour working days. Toyota in Sweden did it in 2002 (!) and in that time have seen lower turnover and higher profits—imagine that, people’s wellbeing is connected to business bottom-line. (Yes, yes it is!) We love this video that has been making the rounds on social media—it showcases all things ‘Sweden’, think ABBA, Ikea and the six hour working day! Sweden aren’t the only country placing the wellbeing of their workers as a national priority. The Dane… Read more
  • Sep 08, 2016 Work and Society

    Four Days' A Charm?

    The allure of the four-day working week is strong. We imagine endless ‘Bank Holiday Mondays’, extended weekend vacations, more time with our family and friends… But is this actually the case? We aren’t referring to part-time work here, we are talking about ‘compressed’ work schedules where people work 10-hours over four days rather than the old, Monday-Friday, 9-5. Sounds great right? An article recently published in Quartz is exploring the flip-side to this alluring ‘coin’… “The math is simple:… Read more
  • Aug 31, 2016 Work and Society

    Language Can Open The Door To Opportunity

    As a nation we are not known for being excellent at learning languages. Compared to our friends on the mainland, we are lagging behind in the ‘bilingual department’. Thirty-eight per cent of Brits know a foreign language, compared to more than half of Europeans who are at least bilingual. What the people ‘in-the-know’ are saying is that you don’t actually need to be fluent in another language to be considered more hireable—just trying to learn another language is enough. The Confederation of Bri… Read more
  • Aug 31, 2016 Work and Society

    Bored To Death...

    Boredom really is a killer… A study of 7,000 UK civil servant employees found that workers who are very bored were more likely to die within a 24-year period than workers who weren’t bored. Dr Sandi Mann, Senior Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, says people are probably not ‘bored to death’ by work, but may die younger because they often seek stimulation from things like unhealthy food, alcohol, drugs and ‘risk-taking behaviour’. Earlier this year we reported on a F… Read more
  • Aug 31, 2016 Psychology

    Happiness, Is It In Our Genes?

    Why do some people seem more chipper, perkier, happier than others? Is there more to it than having a positive attitude? In new research, conducted by Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, a happiness genome has been isolated which could explain why people experience happiness differently. Professor Meike Bartels, from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, commented on this research, saying it can “offer new insights into the causes of one of the greatest medical challenges of our time: depression." The Scie… Read more
  • Aug 30, 2016 Work and Society

    Onboarding Remote Workers

    Remote workers need the same training and workplace-cultural knowledge that in-office employees need. This can be a little trickier to get right but it’s so important to do to make sure both employees and employers get the best from each other. HR Zone, have recently shared their top tips on how to onboard remote workers. We are big advocates of flexible working, and for some people their version of flexible working is working remotely all of the time. Our Sir Cary Cooper has said on the topic: … Read more
  • Aug 24, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The Resilience Of An Olympian—Well Done Team GB!

    What a fortnight! We’ve been glued to our screens (at all hours!) cheering on the glorious Team GB at Rio 2016. And we are excited to cheer on our Paralympians in a couple of weeks’ time. Well done to all our Olympians who finished second in the overall medal tally with no less than 27 gold medals! We watched some pretty extraordinary moments, from Mo’s fall, to PBs in the pool and World Records smashed in the Velodrome. We watched in awe, and wondered what does it take to put on the performance… Read more
  • Aug 24, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Our Health—Whose Responsibility Is It?

    Nineteen per cent of our year six students are obese, according to Public Health England statistics. Healthy diet and lifestyle patterns are learned in early childhood and we carry them all the way through with us to adulthood. Almost one-fifth of 10 year-olds in our country are already incredibly unhealthy and have picked-up poor diet and exercise patterns. They are children though, they don’t have control over what they eat for lunch or dinner. So who is to blame? Parents definitely need to ta… Read more
  • Aug 24, 2016 Work and Society

    Working Mothers Face Pay Gap

    This week the BBC reported that working mothers who return to work after having a baby are paid less than men. Recent data from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows a disappointing and significant gender gap. The IFS stated that, “the gap between hourly earnings of the two sexes becomes steadily wider after women become mothers.” This gap continues to increase over the next subsequent 12 years after women give birth, with their pay rate falling 33 per cent behind men’s. Our Professor Sir… Read more
  • Aug 24, 2016 Technology

    Your Social Media Account Could Cost You Your Job

    More than half of recruiters admit that a candidate’s social media profile influences their hiring decisions. This week CIPD explores the results of a new survey into the impact our online presence has on our job prospects. The survey shows that both recruiters and candidates are using social media to make important recruitment decisions. A third of job seekers look to an organisation’s online presence to influence their decisions about whether or not they want to work for that company. CIPD spo… Read more
  • Aug 17, 2016 HR

    It’s Time To Hit The ‘Breaks’!

    The most important part of our workday isn’t the ‘work’ part at all, it’s taking breaks throughout the day. This helps keep us focused and can reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. Taking breaks keeps us happier and healthier and helps us to have more good days at work. Inc.com recently looked at how we are using our ‘breaks’ as a society and found that the traditional lunch break is on the decline. We’ve been speaking a lot lately of people working longer hours, breaking less at work, and havi… Read more
  • Aug 17, 2016 Work and Society

    ‘Deliverooed’ A Win For Employees

    One of our ‘6 essentials of workplace wellbeing’, speaks of people’s perceptions of their job conditions as an integral factor of their happiness and productivity at work. Job conditions include fair pay and reward for effort. If people do not deem their job conditions to be fair it has a huge impact on whether or not they have a good day at work. This week, more than 200 Deliveroo employees demonstrated against their job conditions, specifically their company’s revised wage policy. In a positiv… Read more
  • Aug 17, 2016 Work and Society

    Do You Have The Urge To Learn?

    Barry Johnson from Learning Partners Ltd wrote for CIPD this week about the shift from training employees to encouraging your people to want to learn. “Acquiring new skills and mastering new approaches is fundamental to our shift from training to learning. Learners, it seems, derive satisfaction from the process of learning itself, which boosts their [employees’] motivation and their capacity to learn from experience,” Barry explained. Barry discussed not only the importance of fostering the rig… Read more
  • Aug 17, 2016 Technology

    Friendships In The Social Age

    What does friendship mean in the age of social media? The Daily Mail explored this earlier this week and spoke to our Professor Sir Cary Cooper to hear his insights. Sir Cary said the rise of social media may mean a lot of people don’t have many true friends. ‘That is rather sad. It is a social media commentary of our time,’ he said. Read the full article here. Continue the conversation, comment below or tweet us.… Read more
  • Aug 12, 2016 Work and Society

    Workers Demand Work-Life Integration

    This week it was announced that Eurostar workers will strike for better work-life balance. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union will strike on 12 – 15 and 27 – 29 August, and members of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) will strike on 14, 15, 28 and 29 August. Coinciding with public holidays in England, France and Belgium the action brings work-life balance, or as we prefer to say work-life integration, to the spotlight—as it should be. RMT General Secre… Read more
  • Aug 10, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    You’ve Got A Friend In Me

    I’ll be there for you, and you’ll be there for me too—don’t we all just love the Friends anthem! A couple of weeks ago we celebrated International Friendship Day and I was listening to this song quite nostalgically. I’m a recent addition to England so most (basically all) of my friendships can be found across the seven-seas, all the way back in Oz. So International Friendship Day got me thinking of the people you see more of than perhaps your friends or family, your colleagues. We know that your… Read more
  • Aug 03, 2016 Work and Society

    It’s School Holiday Time—What Do We Do With The Kids?

    With school holidays in full swing for the next six weeks, kids and teenagers around the country are rejoicing. But for parents and carers school holidays can be filled with dread instead when the logistical issues are realised. It’s the inevitable question on every parent’s lips, “What should we do with the kids?” Most people get five weeks leave a year so we can’t all get every school holiday off. We need to find childcare for younger children and for the older guys it’s about finding the age … Read more
  • Aug 01, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    It’s Time to Shake That Tail Feather and Get Moving!

    This is really quite shocking—a study found that sitting at a desk for at least eight hours a day could increase the risk of premature death by up to 60 per cent. CIPD’s latest blog explores the impact an organisation’s culture can have on ‘killer’ office habits. These ‘killer’ office habits, like sitting all day long, have been dubbed the new ‘smoking’ because of the negative impacts they can have on our health. So what we need to do is basically—get up, and get moving. This can be difficult fo… Read more
  • Jul 28, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    My Good Day At Work

    Having only joined the Robertson Cooper team (and in fact England) just over a month ago I was lucky enough to time my arrival so I could take part in our quarterly Good Day At Work Day.… Read more
  • Jul 28, 2016 Work and Society

    Is ‘Bore Out’ the New Burnout?

    The BBC recently reported on a Frenchman who was so bored in his job that he is now suing his former employer. What followed was the cleverly coined term ‘bore out’, boredom’s answer to burnout and questions around the legitimacy of bore out and what it means? Other people came out talking about their really boring job, and while it had huge effects on their wellbeing, most eventually left the job. Our Head of Client Delivery, Business Psychologist Paula Brockwell, talks about bore out and expla… Read more
  • Jul 27, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Manchester’s Green Makeover—Why Biophilia is Important

    Manchester is getting a ‘green makeover’ and being Mancunians ourselves (well, mostly) we are over the moon to welcome a greenspace as our newest city-centre neighbourhood. Dubbed Circle Square the space will occupy the old BBC building on Oxford Road, Manchester. Being big advocates of biophilia here at Good Day At Work HQ, I Love Manchester as well as other publications asked our Head of Client Delivery, Paula Brockwell to comment on the new designs. Paula explained that, “It is widely recogni… Read more
  • Jul 27, 2016 Banking & finance

    We're Talkin' About Flexible Working

    Head of Wellbeing at Bank Workers Charity, Paul Barrett, spoke to Share Radio about flexible working, looking at the banking sector in particular.… Read more
  • Jul 22, 2016 HR

    We Are So Excited To Announce...

    In a perfect way to round out a great week (comprised of many good days at work!) we are very excited to announce we have been shortlisted for FOUR, YES FOUR awards! We have been shortlisted for our work with Network Rail: Everyone Fit for the Future – Embedding a Culture of Wellbeing. A big thank you and fingers crossed! And the shortlisted awards are... Drumroll... CIPD People Management Awards - Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative Category Personnel Today Awards 2016 - Award for Health and W… Read more
  • Jul 21, 2016 Work and Society

    Millennials set to lose-out in the pay stakes, will this affect their wellbeing?

    Millennials will be the first generation in modern times to earn less than the previous generation.… Read more
  • Jul 21, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The Power of a Good Day At Work

    This Wednesday 20 July, the Good Day At Work team travelled to London to meet with senior leaders and HR professionals to discuss an important topic in the workplace wellbeing world at our summer Good Day At Work Lunch. The theme of the lunch was, the Power of a Good Day At Work—a simple concept that has the potential to engage and drive change around the subject of wellbeing. The discussion was led by our Professor Sir Cary Cooper and our Senior Business Psychologist Katie Dodsworth, supported … Read more
  • Jul 18, 2016 Work and Society

    If You’re Happy and You Know it…

    We are no happier than we were last year. Recent research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that as a nation our happiness is in a lull. For the last five years our happiness score has been gradually increasing, fast forward to 2016 and there’s been no improvement. The study was completed before the national BREXIT vote took place. Abbie Self, Director of Wellbeing, Inequalities, Sustainability and Environment at ONS concluded that: “Life satisfaction has increased over the pas… Read more
  • Jul 13, 2016 HR

    Do You Know the Seven Signs of Readiness?

    The Seven Signs of Readiness, developed by our MD Ben Moss and Co-Founder Professor Sir Cary Cooper measures an organisation's willingness and ability to truly implement a wellbeing strategy. It removes the ‘quick-fix-solution' approach and focuses on a wellbeing strategy that will be embedded in the organisational culture and make a real impact for managers and employees. At the end of last month, Ben and Sir Cary spoke to Personnel Today about the Seven Signs of Readiness. As wellbeing leaders… Read more
  • Jul 11, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Is There a Place for Sport in the Office?

    The Rio Olympics are less than one month away and excitement is already starting to build in our office! Our hopes and dreams of gold rest firmly with Team GB and we are all hoping for a better result than a certain Euro football competition… The Road to Rio has been paved and we’ve agreed we’ve got high hopes for the rowing, swimming, cycling and the equestrian and hope to see the Union Jack flying proud. And as the topic of the Olympics hurdled into our office place, the conversation turned to… Read more
  • Jul 11, 2016 Work and Society

    Picturesque & Postcard-Perfect Flexible Working

    For many of us, a day working from home is flexible working at its best. For a lucky few however, their version of flexible working looks more like, 25+ degree days, poolside, a decent Wi-Fi connection, laptop and swimwear. (Yes perhaps there’s a bit more to it but that’s how it looks in our dreams.) Nomad List has tauntingly put together a list of the top places in the world to work remotely. In a not too surprising result, Thailand top and tails the first five with Bangkok and Ko Samui, respec… Read more
  • Jul 11, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Working With a Mental Illness

    Living with a mental illness is not easy. It can be all consuming; it can affect your thought-process and decision-making, and how you interact and respond socially. And then there’s working with a mental illness. Depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses can affect the way you respond to feedback and criticism in the workplace, your ability to cope with stress and your willingness to accept change. It is often described as a lingering dark cloud that casts its shadow over all. We’ve previo… Read more
  • Jul 06, 2016 Banking & finance

    How Will BREXIT Impact Bank Workers

    For the many international banks with headquarters in London, the BREXIT vote means uncertainty around the environment they are operating in. People are asking ‘what now?’ While much discussion has been on the impact of the individual, Newsweek Europe, have looked at how BREXIT could affect companies, these banks in particular. “It is perhaps less obvious that the EU passport also applies to businesses, including banks. If, say, an American bank has been authorized to be in Britain, it is automa… Read more
  • Jul 06, 2016 Technology

    Can Technology Make your Workplace Safer?

    Entrepreneur recently looked at how wearable technology will change the workplace and how some companies are already using these tools with positive take-up by employees. Entrepreneur spoke of the ‘Smart Cap’ worn by truck drivers at Rio Tinto’s coalmines in the Hunter Valley, Australia. The cap is designed to stop drivers from falling asleep behind the wheel. The sensors across the forehead of the cap monitor signs of fatigue and sends an early warning signal to alert the driver that they need … Read more
  • Jul 06, 2016 Work and Society

    Would you Pay for your Employee’s Wedding?

    Weddings are notoriously expensive and the stress of planning, as well as pleasing friends and family can be overwhelming! ‘Aunty Margaret cannot sit next to Aunty Kate and cousin Anne has to sit next to cousin Pat’—sound familiar? One boss, Chieh Huang, CEO and Co-Founder of Boxed, an e-commerce company, wanted to remove some of the wedding stress and financial burden for their employees and are now offering to pay for their weddings. This was introduced as a new company policy, in addition to … Read more
  • Jul 06, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Sleep and it's Impact on Performance

    We all have nights that we don't get a proper night's sleep and it is not fun the following morning. If you do not get a ‘good night’s sleep’ it can impact your productivity, stress-levels, mood and wellbeing at work. According to the NHS, if you consistently do not get enough sleep it can contribute to long-term health impacts such obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Most of us function best when we get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Much of what we consider to be ‘functioning at ou… Read more
  • Jun 29, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The Big 30! Quick Wins for Employee Wellbeing

    Are you a team leader or manager looking for some quick wins to boost employee wellbeing? Maybe you’d like to forward your manager some ideas to help you and your colleagues have a Good Day at Work? A comprehensive wellbeing plan is always recommended but here are some ideas to share that can be put in to practice today. Chase Templeton, health insurance and employee benefits provider have put together their TOP 30: 1. Fill your office with healthy snacks 2. Offer soy milk for hot drinks 3. Offe… Read more
  • Jun 29, 2016 Technology

    Wearable technology—faux pas or savvy and connected?

    Techradar’s article, Would you use a smartwatch supplied by your boss? Most wouldn't, explores the increasing popularity of wearable technology juxtaposed with our resistance to take it up in the workplace. Wearables could mean flexible working is easier to implement in businesses so why aren’t we all jumping at the opportunity? Anthony Bruce, people analytics leader at PwC, spoke to Techradar about the friction around employee resistance to wearables. "Despite more people owning wearable device… Read more
  • Jun 27, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Are our emotions tied to seasons?

    Our beloved British summer is now in full swing, while not every day is sunny, we are still enjoying longer daylight hours. So do the increased rays have an impact on our mood and our wellbeing? We’ve been told about the ‘winter blues’ so how about the ‘summer joys’? Health Guidance talks about the scientific impact sun has on us: “Sunlight also makes us produce more serotonin and this causes our brain to produce certain hormones and improve neurotransmission. Among the hormone produced as a res… Read more
  • Jun 23, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Puppy Power

    This Friday, 24 June, is Bring your Dog to Work Day, and by a quick ‘show of hands’ survey around our office, it is the most revered day in the workplace calendar. We often celebrate ‘Flo Fridays’ here, where our office favourite Labradoodle (the cutest combination of Labrador and Poodle) Flo comes in for much-loved puppy time. So why do we get so excited about the idea of our furry friends like Flo joining us for the whole day? Why does the thought of that wagging tail and unenduring excitement… Read more
  • Jun 23, 2016 Work and Society

    Stress and the City?

    Many of you reading this article will be doing so in at the office (in a city), at your home (in a city), or perhaps on the train between both (through the city). The fact is the world is becoming more and more focused on centralised living in large cities. As reported by the Guardian in their article, Is City Living Bad for Your Health?, by the year 2050 (which is no longer a far-off time in the distant future—a mere 34 years away) more than 70 per cent of the world will live in cities. Compare… Read more
  • Jun 23, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Work-Life Integration – A Personal Choice?

    "Work life balance is a choice. Nobody chooses how you show up except you." These are the words of Jeff Boss, a columnist for Forbes, who is calling for us to forget work-life balance and focus on integration. His argument? Because the work “you” and the home “you” are the same person. Jeff believes that individuals have the right to make a choice about how, when and where they carry out their work. These choices enable individuals to be more proactive inside, and outside, of work, but also to g… Read more
  • Jun 23, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Celebrate with Conversation

    Image courtesy of Heads Together. This Father’s Day, did you tell your dad how you feel and ask him how he’s doing? No? Don’t worry – it’s not too late. That’s what Prince William and the Heads Together campaign, of which he is an ambassador, urged people to do – celebrate with conversation and broach the topic of mental health and wellbeing with their children. The National Association of Head Teachers recently found that a fifth of children have a mental health problem before the age of 11, ye… Read more
  • Jun 16, 2016 HR

    Sir Cary on Making Work-Life Integration Work

    Our latest research, carried out in partnership with Bank Workers Charity and launched earlier this week, explores work-life integration – a concept that can help to resolve some of the challenges faced by employees today. Earlier this week, our Sir Cary talked to the BBC about one of these – the technology-obsessed ‘always on’ culture, which has begun to consume modern workplaces and influence the way we carry out our work. Sir Cary says, “Along with changes in current policy, there have been n… Read more
  • Jun 16, 2016 HR

    Time to End the ‘Man Up’ Culture

    Men tend to seek help less frequently than women do; a tendency that’s especially true when it comes to men’s mental health. This Men’s Health Week, Paul Barrett, Head of Wellbeing at Bank Workers Charity, discusses what employers can do to change this – read Paul’s blog. The piece is posted on Wellbeing Pulse, a blog delivering the latest in thinking, research and techniques in workplace wellbeing across and beyond the UK banking industry. Is your workplace doing enough to tackle men’s mental h… Read more
  • Jun 16, 2016 Work and Society

    Does the Advertising Industry Neglect the Modern Dad?

    Image courtesy of the Daily Mail. In the new age of technology, millennials and modern ways of working, something else is changing – dads. As more mums become breadwinners, the modern dad is becoming more hands-on and clued up when it comes to juggling home and family commitments with climbing the career ladder. Modern dads are putting pressure on themselves to perform in their paternal roles too. A study by BabyCenter found that 90% of millennial dads aspire to be the “perfect dad”, yet 1 in 3 … Read more
  • Jun 16, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Bike Week: 4 Reasons to Love Your Bike

    This week (11th-19th June 2016) is Bike Week – an annual celebration of cycling. Although loads of us love getting on our bikes, many of us feel we don’t have enough time to make it a regular part of our lives – but guess what? Bike Week is here to show us that it can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. There’s no end to the physical benefits of cycling, but it’s also great for your mind too: 1. Be mindful The rhythm of pedalling, wherever you’re going… Read more
  • Jun 16, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Are You a Survivor?

    Image courtesy of Men’s Health. As it’s Men’s Health Week why not support all your Mo Bros out there and take on a new challenge? Endure 10km of blood, sweat and tears by braving Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest in aid of our partner, Movember Foundation. The world’s biggest urban adventure race series, Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest is a unique obstacle course taking place in cities across the UK later this year. Movember Foundation’s mission is to change the face of men’s health, so … Read more
  • Jun 09, 2016 Work and Society

    The Future Office Will be as Much About Fun as Work

    This week the BBC reported on a trend taking place across modern workplaces – employers enabling their staff to have fun while they’re at work. From moveable desks to ‘super-desks’ and chill rooms to games rooms, the physical structure of offices are being designed to create new ways of working and accommodate the workforce’s growing desire to make choices about where and when they work. Meanwhile perks like office pets and social events are becoming more common in an attempt to inject fun into … Read more
  • Jun 08, 2016 Work and Society

    British Offices – The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

    Are you rubbing your hands together in a bid to stay warm as you’re reading this? Maybe not as we reach the height of British summer, but a recent survey by Ipsos has found that almost one in five UK workers would describe their office as cold. The study, which compared responses from 17 countries, also found that British offices are perceived as the ugliest and least inspiring. And, most worryingly, a third of employers working in the UK said they dislike their work environment. We love the Gua… Read more
  • Jun 08, 2016 HR

    Why Volunteering is Good for Business

    You might think that allowing your employees to take time out from the daily grind of the workplace is a bad thing, but you’d be wrong. This week is Volunteers’ Week – a celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and organising volunteering opportunities for your employees could be one of the best things you’ve ever done. Nearly three-quarters of FTSE 100 companies recognise the benefits of volunteering and already have a programme in place, but only 20… Read more
  • Jun 03, 2016 HR

    Making Agile Working ‘Business as Usual’

    Read Bank Workers Charity’s Dee McCurry’s blog about last month’s Working Families conference on agile working and inclusive leadership. She discusses how bringing agile working from concept to reality is not just about updating policies about people work; it’s about rebooting organisational culture. The piece is posted on Wellbeing Pulse, a blog delivering the latest in thinking, research and techniques in workplace wellbeing across and beyond the UK banking industry. Has your organisation adop… Read more
  • Jun 03, 2016 HR

    Should Employers Allow Flexible Working During the Euros?

    With only one week to go until Euro 2016, football fever is hitting workplaces across the country. As a number of home nation fixtures take place during office hours, the workplace conciliation service, Acas, has urged employers to consider allowing flexible working on big match days. Sir Brendan Barber, Chair of Acas, says discussing new arrangements in advance of the tournament will help to avoid staff disputes and patterns of unauthorised absence. He says, “The Euro 2016 tournament is an exci… Read more
  • Jun 03, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Is Dining Al-Desko Another Form of Presenteeism?

    What are you doing for lunch today? Leaving the office to enjoy the sunshine? Taking a quick ten minutes to scoff a salad before running back to your desk? Or juggling sandwich, keyboard and mouse as you work through your lunchbreak? Almost a quarter of Brits do the latter nearly every day according to new research by National Charity Partnership. The survey of 1,700 workers found that a further 46% spend their lunch break online, rather enjoying their lunch mindfully without the distraction of … Read more
  • Jun 02, 2016 Work and Society

    Brexit Burdens for European Workers

    It’s June, which means we’ll be dropping our votes into the ballot box in just under three weeks’ time to decide the fate of the UK in Europe. As voters weigh up the pros and cons, and look for final deciding factors in which way their vote will swing, it appears that Europeans working in the UK have their own concerns when it comes to the EU referendum. A study carried out by Totaljobs has found that nine out of 10 Europeans working in the UK are worried about the potential impact of Brexit, wi… Read more
  • May 26, 2016 HR

    Sir Cary on Creating Good Days at Work

    Photo from www.tangramhotels.com. What is a good day at work to you? Is it when you tick tasks off your to-do list? Or is it about having a sense of purpose in your role? Or is having a laugh with your colleagues more important? Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that socially and interpersonally skilled managers are critical to helping employees deal with the growing pressures of the modern workplace and have more good days at work. Our Sir Cary recently wrote a piece on the importance of hiring … Read more
  • May 26, 2016 HR

    Making Maternity Work

    According to the Citizens Advice Bureau, new and expectant mothers are reporting increasing levels of unfair treatment at work, with the number of women seeking employment advice after becoming pregnant rising by 25% in the last year. So what can employers do to provide strategic, long-term support for working parents? Bank Workers Charity’s Dee McCurry shares tips for organisations to better support employees while they’re on maternity leave and on their return to work in her latest piece on We… Read more
  • May 26, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Helping Men to Make Friends

    Photo from Movember Foundation. Last week’s Mental Health Awareness Week called for a greater focus on the quality of our relationships as social connectedness is fundamental to our mental health and wellbeing. Our friends at Movember Foundation, who are galvanising a worldwide movement to help men to live happier, healthier, longer lives, recently carried out research around male friendships and social connections, with some concerning results. The study found that a quarter of men say they mak… Read more

Work & Society

  • Jan 12, 2017 Work and Society

    The PM puts mental health at the top of YOUR agenda

    This week, PM Theresa May announced an overhaul of the nation’s mental health; focusing on removing the stigma and providing more access to treatment for all, but especially for Britain’s children and… Read more
  • Dec 01, 2016 Work and Society

    Why do we get annoyed at work?

    How do you feel at work when people don’t replace the shared milk? Or don’t clean up after using the staff kitchen? How do you feel when your colleague hums or constantly sniffs all day? Do you secret… Read more
  • Nov 24, 2016 Work and Society

    Movember 2017

    Our MD Ben Moss has transformed from fresh-faced to hipster in less than a month! As the month of the Mo’ rolls to an end, it’s to time to compare the facial hair and dig deep for men’s health. While … Read more
  • Nov 14, 2016 Work and Society

    World Kindness Day

    This last Sunday, the world celebrated compassion and goodwill to others through World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day is a global celebration that has been recognised throughout the world for severa… Read more
  • Oct 20, 2016 Work and Society

    Our Children Are Our Future

    “Nearly a quarter of a million young people are receiving specialist health care for mental distress, ranging from depression to eating disorders. Disturbingly, it is a crisis that is getting worse.” … Read more
  • Oct 20, 2016 Work and Society

    Gender Roles In The Workplace

    Hillary Clinton could make history this November if she is elected as the first female U.S President. An impressive milestone for gender equality; especially when you consider had she been born 100 ye… Read more
  • Oct 14, 2016 Work and Society

    CEO Introduces Five Hour Working Day

    Entrepreneur and CEO of Tower Paddle Boards, Stephan Aarstol is breaking the nine to five mould by introducing five-hour working days into his company. He recently wrote for the Huffington Post explai… Read more
  • Oct 14, 2016 Work and Society

    Switch On By Switching Off

    We are constantly packing and unpacking our never ending list of priorities. We try to squeeze every last drop of efficiency out of our week, and all too often the first sacrifice is our personal time… Read more
  • Oct 06, 2016 Work and Society

    PM Acknowledges The Working World Is Changing

    The working world as we know it is in the midst of significant change. More and more people are expecting flexible work and taking up ‘gig’ jobs. As reported by the Telegraph, “a total of 4.8million p… Read more
  • Sep 28, 2016 Work and Society

    How Happy Is Your Postcode?

    If your postcode sits in remote Scottish Islands, the Outer Hebrides, your answer would be very happy! The happiest in the country in fact, according to wellbeing data from the Office of National Stat… Read more

Health & wellbeing

  • Dec 13, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Presents of presence

    We spoke recently about the festive season and how mindfulness can help us cope during this typically busy period. Taking time out to refocus our energy is terrific for our own mental health, but how … Read more
  • Dec 13, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Why music for wellbeing rocks

    When Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey songs start getting stuck in your head, you know it must be Christmas! For some, the relentless repetition of Christmas songs can be agonising, but there’s evidence… Read more
  • Dec 08, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    How Will You Spend Your Happiness Day?

    In our latest 'What is a Good Day At Work' report, we discuss the importance of our physical and emotional energy for creating good at work. We found that having balanced energy levels is crucial for … Read more
  • Dec 01, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Mindfulness for a happy and healthy festive season

    No matter what you’re celebrating this festive season, its sure to be busy! Even for those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas, the holiday period can be full of pressure and other challenging experie… Read more
  • Dec 01, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The problem with multitasking

    While you’re reading this, what else are you doing? Own up - Are you walking somewhere, eating your lunch, on a conference call, in a meeting, checking Facebook alerts…? How many tabs are open on your… Read more
  • Nov 10, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The end of PE in UK schools?

    Somerset school replaces PE lessons with wellbeing classes Independent Somerset school, Wellington School is encouraging students to manage both their physical and mental health, by introducing lesson… Read more
  • Nov 08, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Winter Is Coming

    Believe it not, there are many reasons to love the winter time. Frosty mornings, lots of stodgy meals, Christmas time and wrapping up in stylish warm layers, to name a few. However, many people find t… Read more
  • Nov 01, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The Month of Mo!

    Attention fuzzy friends! It’s the first week of November and you know what that means! Movember 2016 is here, so time to put away the razors and get growing those Mo’s! Our MD, Ben Moss has accepted t… Read more
  • Oct 25, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    Working Hard or Hardly Working?

    A recent study ‘The way we are now: labour of love or love vs labour report’ found increasing numbers of us are feeling the strain of overbearing responsibilities and unrealistic targets, all of which… Read more
  • Oct 25, 2016 Health and Wellbeing

    The Art of Doing Nothing

    From the morning alarm clock, right through to the closing credits of an evening’s Netflix binge, our days are packed with noise. With all this distraction, perhaps now it is crucial we discuss the ar… Read more

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