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Workplace wellbeing vision setting and strategy

5 top tips on workplace health and wellbeing strategy from Professor Sir Cary Cooper

Off the back of our blog series on workplace health and wellbeing by our Managing Director, Ben Moss, we asked our Founding Director and CIPD President, Professor Sir Cary Cooper for his 5 top tips for businesses…

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Time for a workplace revolution

Co-founder of Robertson Cooper, Cary set up the business with Ivan Robertson in 1999. A Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, he is recognised as a world leading expert on wellbeing. Cary is also the media’s…

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Flexible working—the winners and the losers

Currently the world of workplace wellbeing and HR are focussing on flexible working, with recent studies showing that it can actually boost productivity. In the UK every worker has had the right to request flexible working since a new law was…

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Employing ex-prisoners is more than social responsibility, it’s good business too

Last week, Employment minister Chris Grayling promised to fund companies to the tune of £5,600 for each ex-prisoner they employ for longer than two years. The proposed policy aims to lessen the strain on the welfare state, but more importantly to…

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The stigma of mental ill health at work: The need for openness

The Ashes, especially from Englands perspective, took another turn for the worse last night when it was revealed that Jonathan Trott has had to leave the Tour in Australia due to a stress-related illness. He's admitted to suffering from the problem…

Royal Mail’s share scheme – employee engagement or privatisation politics?

The announcement that Royal Mail will be privatised in the Autumn won’t come as a shock to many. Chief Executive Moya Greene has been openly talking about the need for external investment since January this year, and her tenure has repositioned the…

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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…

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…