Health & Wellbeing

Can employers demand staff take a COVID-19 test?

18 Aug 2020 | Nicola Hunt

Could a compulsory Covid-19 test become part of our regular working routine? In this Q&A, we ask two UK lawyers about the complex legal issues employers need to consider.

Boost morale with a virtual event

27 Jul 2020 | Craig Bulow

Even if summer away-days and team-building events are off the agenda for the moment, there are still ways you can boost your teamís wellbeing and morale with in-person events that you can do remotely.

Will employment litigation derail recovery?

15 May 2020 | Alan Jenkins

Itís all very well governments wanting to get people back to work. But if employers risk litigation or prosecution if staff contract COVID-19, many will conclude that it simply isnít worth the risk of re-opening.

Mental wellbeing for leaders and managers

06 May 2020 | Christine Macdonald

Working in a leadership or management role can be trying at the best of times. But in the uncertain period we find ourselves in at present, the pressures can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Employee wellness falling by the wayside

28 Apr 2020 | Nicola Hunt

Most businesses are failing to look after employee wellness while they work from home during the coronavirus lockdown, according to new research.

The aches and pains of homeworking

23 Apr 2020 | Nicola Hunt

Half of those now working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are experiencing physical pain due to poor home office set-ups, a new survey has found.

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 Iím 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 theyíre 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

Weíre 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 letís explore the effects of Ďrust-outí, burn-outís 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.