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31 January 2018

Time To Talk About Loneliness At Work

Since it launched, just four years ago, Time To Talk Day, which happens on the first Thursday in February, has inspired millions of people to open up about mental health. However, one area that remains very taboo is the impact that loneliness has on the mental health of employees. Far from just being a feeling, loneliness is worse for our health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It increases the risk of heart disease by 29% and the risk of stroke by 32% (Valtorta et al, 2016), reducing overall life expectancy by seven years (Holt-Lunstad et al, 2015). It’s now such a chronic problem across the UK that the government has appointed a minister for loneliness to help address the scale of the issue. But given that many people’s only source of interaction with other people is through work, employers also have a vital role to play in addressing the issue. Here are six steps you can take to get the conversation started and make loneliness at work a thing of the past…

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07 December 2017
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Why A Joyful Workforce Is A More Productive Workforce

If you hear people emitting peals of laughter at this time of year, or talking animatedly about their plans for the festive season, you might be tempted to think they’re slacking off. In reality, your…

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17 November 2017
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How To Be Kind To Yourself

Perhaps the hardest thing about working in mental health is seeing how much people suffer with issues like stress and depression when there are some simple, yet incredibly effective, things they can d…

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15 August 2017
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Menopause Misunderstanding Generates Unnecessary Absence Costs

According to a new study by the Government Equalities Office, the menopause is costing the economy millions every year, because employers don’t understand it. The report warns that unlike pregnancy …

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11 July 2017
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Could your organisation handle a human disaster?

As the heartbreaking Grenfell Tower tragedy shows, how victims and others impacted are treated during the aftermath of a human disaster really matters. Once the immediate threat is over, providing com…

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