We are once more in the middle of a whirlwind of ever-changing government advice about Covid. On 19th July, only days from now, workplaces can re-open normally – in theory at least. The rising Covid infection rates in the UK mean that there is a lot of anxiety about the re-opening. Employers have decisions to make about how to best serve their business and customers whilst looking after employee welfare. Continue reading
Myth. Mental health issues can be complex and vary widely in severity. It is not always clear to the sufferer if their symptoms amount to a defined illness and even if they would like to seek help, the prospect of being diagnosed with a mental health condition – and the stigma that goes with it – can be daunting. Therefore, it’s good to know that anyone can get help without it becoming a note on their GP records. Continue reading
Fit for Work has put together a great resource on mental health conditions for employers. It talks about how common these issues are and how to spot them early. Very importantly, the infographic also talks about the return to work process. Returning to work after any long term absence can be hard but especially sufferers of mental health illnesses can really struggle with the fear of returning.
Mental health issues are a real problem even though a lot of us may still be reluctant to address them. 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from some kind of mental health issue. Based on this fact, as a manager, you will come across this issue. So instead of avoiding the issue, and sticking your head in the sand (like an ostrich), why not focus on how to address it. We participated in an interesting talk by Claire Price at the Health and Wellbeing @ Work 2016 exhibition, and here is what we took away from it: Continue reading
Whilst dealing with depression or stress, shutting yourself away from everything for a while can feel like the best thing to do. But it isn’t necessarily the best antidote to these feelings.
Scientists behind Blue Monday have decided that its date should be changed from the 3rd Monday in January to the 1st Monday after New Year. That may well be true but many still struggle to stay positive throughout the month of January. Continue reading