Health & Wellbeing

The best gift this Christmas

23 Dec 2019 | Wayne Turmel

Want to do something nice for your team this holiday season? How about helping them do nothing at all - or at the very least, a bit less - even if you have to enforce it strenuously.

We all need proper vacations

30 Jul 2019 | Peter Vajda

We've said it before and we'll say it again. Everyone needs a proper holiday. Taking real time out from work is a non-negotiable necessity if we're to to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul.

Trust: the corporate wellness initiative of the future

07 Jan 2019 | Manfred Kets De Vries

The wellness industry argues that it is making people feel much happier and healthier and companies invest billions every year to create wellness experiences for their employees. But do these initiatives make any tangible difference, or are they a passing fad?

Relaxing while flying

03 Apr 2018 | Duane Dike

Each time I get in a plane, I sit back and relax, because there not much else to do. What I’m getting to here is we have to learn to relax - and also learn how to separate work from non-work.

All present and correct?

07 Dec 2015 | Dominic Irvine

The one thing worse than absenteeism is presenteeism. Not only does it cost business more than absenteeism, but what does it say about your culture if people feel that they have to struggle into work when they’re unwell?

Fit enough to quit?

11 Sep 2015 | Malcolm Parker

We all know that physical activity is good for us and that fitter employees are happier and more productive. But fitness can help with job mobility too - and that can be positive for both individuals, organizations and society as a whole.

Keep the rust at bay

01 Apr 2015 | Chris Welford

We’re all familiar with the concept of burn-out that comes from facing excessive demands without the resources to cope with them. But being under-stimulated can be just as destructive. So let’s explore the effects of ‘rust-out’, burn-out’s less well-known cousin.

Dominance could kill you

23 Mar 2015 | Brian Amble

If you think that that aggressive, competitive behaviour is the way to get ahead, think again. Because according to new research, a hostile-dominant personality increases the risk of heart disease and could shorten your life.

Three steps for surviving a sick organization

14 Nov 2014 | Peter Vajda

How can individuals can survive in a dysfunctional workplace? Here's a simple but powerful approach that can help you find more peace of mind and reduce the stress caused by a toxic working environment.

Stress, engagement and productivity

05 Sep 2014 | Brian Amble

Employees suffering from high stress levels have lower levels of engagement, are less productive and have higher absentee levels than those not operating under excessive pressure, new research has found.

Are you on the road to burnout?

23 May 2014 | Peter Vajda

The road to burnout is paved with good intentions. So if you're an idealistic, hardworking, self-motivating achiever with high aspirations and expectations, don't make the mistake of thinking that it can't happen to you.

Standing up on the job

19 May 2014 | Janet Howd

Human beings are designed to stand on their two legs. So standing up and moving around during our working day makes a job more interesting as well as being better for our physical and mental health.

Is your wellness program sick and tired?

20 Mar 2014 | Jon Denoris

Many employers feel duty-bound to offer some sort of "wellness" program. But many of these are stale, predictable and ineffective. So here's a strategy to refocus and re-energize both your progam and your people.

Google, open minds and extended life

09 Dec 2013 | Janet Howd

Google's launch of Calico earlier this year to seek new ways to fight the aging process was met with some amusement and much skepticism. But the business plan of this novel venture is by no means novelty-based.

Workaholism: hard but not smart

07 Nov 2013 | Brian Amble

Workaholics may work hard, but they don't work smart. In fact according to a new Italian study, thanks to the mental and physical strain they put themselves under, workaholics tend to have poor job performance.

When should you quit a toxic company?

05 Sep 2013 | Linnda Durré

Do you sacrifice your health, ethics and conscience by tolerating a toxic workplace? It's just not worth it. As Janis Joplin said, "don't compromise yourself. It's all you've got."

The fear of closing doors

07 Aug 2013 | Peter Vajda

Do you wear "crazy-busy" as a merit badge? Have you ever thought that it might be a good idea to slow down and not try to keep every possible option open? Or does that thought fill you with dread that you'll miss out on something?

Depression link to long hours and overwork

05 Aug 2013 | Brian Amble

Employees who work long hours and are habitually overworked are a staggering 15 times more likely than average to develop depression, a new Japanese study has found.

Smokers need not apply

05 Mar 2013 | Brian Amble

A Florida healthcare provider has announced that new hires at seven of its hospitals must not use tobacco in any form – even in the privacy of their own homes.

Bring mental ill-health out into the open

02 Aug 2012 | Gavin Bates

In the workplace, just as in society in general, mental health issues are something of a taboo. They just don't get discussed – but since when has ignoring something ever made it go away?