All posts by Irene Moller

RTW after common mental health disorders

We recently attended the Health and Wellbeing @Work conference in Birmingham where Senior Researcher from Tilburg University Dr Margot Joosen presented her findings from a study focusing on returning employees to work who were or had been absent with a mental health issue. Continue reading

Strategy to reduce sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disorders at Royal Mail

At the recent Health and Wellbeing @Work conference in Birmingham, Royal Mail’s Lead Ergonomist, Corinne Parsons, presented how they had planned their strategy for reducing absence due to musculoskeletal disorders. As background information Ms. Parsons highlighted that the main long-term sickness absence causes at Royal Mail are mental health (20%), musculoskeletal disorders (23%), and injury (23%). Furthermore, they have an ageing workforce and their workforce is 85% male. Continue reading

Vertas tackles absence with Honeydew – client interview

We recently interviewed HR Business Partner, Kate Harrison, and Senior HR Adviser, Linda Marsh, from Vertas about their experience working with Honeydew.

Vertas is the fastest growing multi-service facilities management company in the eastern region. They have been using Honeydew’s system since November 2014. Continue reading

Fit for Work now open

We’ve written about this before, but now it’s finally here. Employers in England and Wales are now able to refer employees to Fit for Work, the government service set up to help working people on long-term sickness absence.

Fit for Work provides occupational health services to people who have been, or are likely to be, off work for four weeks or more. It is particularly aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) that have little or no occupational health support. Continue reading