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Mental Health Support Has To Be A Long-Term Commitment For Employers

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on both employers and employees, especially when it comes to mental health. While the initial lockdowns and social restrictions have taken their toll, we are now faced with an extended period of social isolation. Furthermore, once a semblance of normality has resumed, people are going to be naturally wary of going …

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Pandemic Hammering Mental Health But Businesses Responding

In Business, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a massive impact on employee mental health. But businesses are responding by introducing specific wellbeing-focussed initiatives and benefits. One in 10 business leaders facing burnout The majority of UK executives have experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows. According to Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index, more than three-quarters (78%) of business …

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Mental Health: Workplace Wellbeing Initiatives

In Employee Benefits, Industry News, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

Mental health still a top priority for most firms but many in the dark when it comes to the effectiveness of workplace wellbeing initiatives… Research shows that emotional and physical wellbeing are closely linked. Therefore, to stand the greatest chance of having happy, healthy and productive staff, employers need to be taking a holistic approach to employee wellbeing. But many …

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Employers: Are You Supporting Your Remote Employees Enough?

In Business, Employee Benefits, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

The working from home trend is set to continue but employers need to provide more support to remote employees… The so-called “new normal” that we will all live under once the COVID-19 crisis has eased will mean adjustments in many areas of our lives. For example, social distancing measures will likely remain, as will the advice to regularly and thoroughly …

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Britain Could Face Mental Health Crisis As Lockdown Lifts

In Health and Wellness, Industry News, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

A large proportion of Brits have suffered from mental health issues during lockdown, but most have kept it to themselves, new research suggests. According to the study by Bupa, 82% of Brits have suffered from mental health issues, including continuous low mood, anxiousness, low self-esteem or hopelessness, during lockdown. However, almost half (44%) admitted to not telling anyone about their …

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5 Challenges Associated With Working From Home

In Health and Wellness, Individual, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

My colleague, Tom Pullinger, recently wrote about the health impact of working from home. There’s no denying that the COVID-19 lockdown has been tough and the various research relating to its impact on people’s health — especially when working from home — underlines this. But as well as the impact on health, working from home also has a number of …

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The Health Impact Of Working From Home

In Health and Wellness, Individual, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Despite the UK coronavirus lockdown easing, official government guidelines still state that if people can work from home, then they should continue to do so. While this will change in the coming months, the reality is that many employees face the probability that their home working days certainly aren’t over. However, while working from home does afford a number of …

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5 Plants For A Happier, Healthier Working Environment

In Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Rebekah Bree

The health benefits of having plants in your home, such as increased oxygen levels and better air quality, have been known for some time. What’s less talked about though are the psychological and wellbeing benefits afforded by plants. According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RSH), the greatest benefits of indoor plants are actually “through wellbeing and productivity improvement”. It’s no …

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The Construction Industry’s Silent Crisis

In Health and Wellness, Industry News, Mental Health by Rebekah Bree

The construction industry is sick. This is evidenced by the fact that a quarter of its workers considered suicide last year. This shocking revelation highlights how a silent crisis existed even before the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to figures published by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), 26% of construction workers thought about taking their own lives …

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Managing Your Employees’ Mental Health During Lockdown

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

While many of your employees might not be working right now because they are furloughed, as an employer, it’s important for you to check in with them. The uncertainty and anxiety caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is having an enormous impact on people’s mental health. That’s why employers need to be doing everything they can to safeguard their employees’ …

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Can Smartphones Help Protect Mental Health During Lockdown?

In Health and Wellness, Individual, Mental Health by Paul Howell

As we all adapt to the challenges, stresses and strains of being locked down, research suggests smartphones could help in monitoring the mental health impact of Covid-19. While there is a huge amount of focus, quite rightly, being placed on the physical health implications of COVID-19, conversations about the impact on our mental health don’t seem as abundant. But the …