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How do you support a lone or remote worker? How do you ensure they continue to receive training and guidance? Employers are already aware of the risks posed to lone workers such as security guards, cleaners and drivers, but many fail to appreciate that home workers also require the same protections.
The UK construction industry is in the midst of a wellbeing crisis: according to the Office of National Statistics, the suicide rate for male labourers is three times higher than the national average.
Research by Bupa Global in 2018 revealed that 64% of senior business leaders have suffered from mental health conditions. In this respect, seniority does not shield people from the same problems—workplace stress, anxiety and depression—that other employees face.
One in four of us experience a mental health problem, typically anxiety, stress or depression. In 2018/19, for instance, 600,000 workers in the UK experienced workplace stress, accounting for 44% of work-related illness, both physical and mental.
One sector in which workplace wellbeing is too often overlooked is logistics, transportation and warehousing. Heavy workloads and long hours—many of which are worked alone—contribute to a n environment that can negatively impact employee mental health.
The scale of workplace stress is undeniable: according to the HSE, 600,000 people in the UK reported experience work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/19—this is around 44% of all work-related illness.
Healthy workplace relationships are key to creating a friendly, welcoming and productive environment for colleagues. Managers and HR professionals can take a number of steps to encourage good relations, eliminate workplace bullying and create a culture of openness and communication among employees.
Now, reaction to fewer working hours is much the opposite, with a four-day week desired by 51% of UK workers according to a study by Zapier. Various mental health issues, such as stress, burnout and depression are caused by overworking.
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There is a common belief that talking about suicide with someone that is suicidal can be dangerous, especially in the workplace, as many employees find it awkward and hard to have an open dialogue with a suicidal colleague. However, this notion is being challenged by RedArc.
Biophilic design might seem like a pretentious name for a simple concept, sticking a few plants in an office, but significant evidence and research suggests carefully planning a workspace or urban area around access to nature has an enormous impact on health, wellbeing, productivity, creativity and the environment.
In May 2019, the World Health Organization announced that in the ICD11 (international classification of mental illnesses) there would be a new category of “burnout” as an occupational phenomenon – not a medical condition. But what causes burnout?