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Fortunate – an individual’s experience of Cyclothymia

This story comes from an anonymous contributor and focuses on her experiences of a bipolar-related disorder, Cyclothymia, which leads to mood swings. It is a powerful piece that reflects on the stigma of mental health; something that we need to…

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The changing face of wellbeing – using Google to track trends

Over the past decade the concept of wellbeing has changed dramatically as organisations and employees respond to the challenges of modern life and work. The scope of occupational health, views on the responsibility of organisations for their staff…

Skills under-utilisation and missed opportunities

As unemployment continues to rise the need to reverse the trend becomes ever more pressing. For many, any job would be a welcome one, for financial reasons, but also to break a spell of long term unemployment which results in low levels of…

The reality of working life today

Today the TUC released their Labour Force Survey results (Summer Quarter 2011) showing that 5.3 million workers put in an average of 7.2 hours of unpaid overtime a week last year, worth around £5,300 a year per person.  The headline is that…

Stress tops tables

Yesterday, the CIPD launched its sickness absence report, based on responses from over 600 organisations throughout the UK.  The results show that stress-related sickness is now the leading cause of absence in both manual and non-manual…

The ethics agenda

In the last couple of years we have seen a number of questionable ethical behaviours in the fields of business, politics and in society more generally.  We had the investment bankers selling highly risky unsecured mortgages, leading to a…

Dehumanizing the workplace – a dangerous strategy

You may have seen in the news last month that thousands of Jobcentre call centre staff went on strike, with the aim of ending a target-driven culture, improve working conditions and introduce proper flexi-time arrangements.  One of the Union’s…

Is the ‘fit note’ working?

The 'Statement of Fitness for Work', or the 'fit note' as it is affectionately known, came into effect on 6 April, as introduced in my previous blog dated 18 February.  One month on, what impact has it had so far? Few people would argue that…

A fitting alternative to sick notes?

Starting in April this year the traditional ‘sick note’ is to be replaced by a new system which will see GPs completing a ‘fit note’ instead. Under the new arrangement GPs must decide whether a patient is ‘not fit for work’ or ‘fit for some…

Presenteeism on the rise as an estimated quarter of UK employees admit to working when ill

Businesses need to address ‘presenteeism’, as well as absenteeism Survey data from 39,000 UK workers presented by leading business psychology company, Robertson Cooper, has shown that a quarter of the…

The One Show’s Stress Week

This week is the One Show’s ‘Stress Week’ (BBC One, weekdays at 7pm) and I’ve been helping them explore the issues – both at home and in the workplace. We followed a busy Event Manager who was organising a big event at which Anthony Worrall Thompson…

What’s Your Wellbeing Brand?

So, you’re responsible for wellbeing and engagement in your business and you’ve invested in a comprehensive approach that is designed to maintain and improve levels of both. You’ve consulted with the HSE and other experts and you feel like you have…