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15 November 2016

Will Christmas Make Your Employees Mentally Unwell?

Christmas is traditionally seen as an event to be spent around loved ones. However, in addition to the 500,000 elderly people due to spend Christmas by themselves, another 3.5 million Brits are expected to spend Christmas day alone. For some this will be through choice and they would argue that being alone isn’t the same as being lonely. But for those employees affected by bereavement, relationship breakdown, strained family relationships or money issues separating them from others, the run-up to Christmas can seriously affect their mental health, causing them to feel lonely, depressed, anxious and isolated. Every year, we get calls from employees who feel too ashamed to admit to their colleagues that they’ll be spending Christmas alone. We hear as well from bereaved individuals who thought they’d gone through the worst of their grief, only to be confronted by unexpected feelings of anger and despair that someone they love won’t be there for Christmas. Left unsupported, these individuals are at risk of becoming tearful, withdrawn or snappy at work, or even calling in sick if they can’t face being around colleagues making happy plans. Fortunately, there are a number of simple things that HR and managers can do to identify and support those most affected so that they don’t feel so isolated.

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27 July 2016
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Is France right to ban out of hours emails?

France has successfully voted through a measure that requires companies to limit the spillover of work into their employees’ private lives – giving employees “the right to disconnect” their email out …

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13 December 2011
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The dark side of Christmas

Christmas is usually a joyous occasion, but it can be an incredibly difficult time for some people, who might need a bit of extra help from their employer.

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28 September 2006
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Holding onto that holiday feeling

Everyone knows someone who wanders around the office after their annual summer break with a black cloud hanging over their head. After weeks away from the stress of work, the day-to-day routine of lif…

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