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09 May 2013
With a proposal in the Queen's speech to reform the process and service delivery of rehabilitation for prisoners, Karen Steadman provides some insight into what the proposals will mean.
28 November 2012
The Staff Health Improvement project's new report, released today, argues that proactive board level leadership, strong organisational values that explicitly link to staff health and staff engagement are amongst the elements required for successful implementation of staff health and wellbeing values.
20 November 2012
In its Global Workforce Study, Towers Watson found that more than one in three employees are affected by excessive pressure in their job. Where is this pressure coming from?
10 October 2012
The 2012 CIPD Survey on Absence Management, published this week raises serious questions about the extent of presenteeism in the UK workforce.
18 April 2012
A recent Daily Mail article announcing the NHS plans to pay £1 for every pound of lost weight to eager volunteers has sparked wide debate about the ethics of monetary incentives for healthy behaviours.
Professor Stephen Bevan
08 December 2011
There seems to be no let-up in sight to the gloomy economic outlook. Growth is stagnant, unemployment is growing, fear of job loss remains high and pressure on workers and their families is building.
02 November 2011
Last week I was invited to speak at a conference on Health at Work hosted by CPH Health in São Paulo. The meeting brought together over 350 of Brazilian employers looking to improve their business outcomes by investing into health and wellbeing of their workforce.
Dean Royles, Director of NHS Employers
10 October 2011
It seems that health, work and wellbeing is everywhere at present. There is a conference almost every month, workshops, publications, the message has even reached our television screens with multi coloured plasticine people encouraging viewers to be fit and healthy.
21 June 2011
Work prospects of up to 100 000 people in the UK are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). Thousands more stay out of the labour market to care for a relative with MS
14 June 2011
Amid last week’s fuss about the launch of the government’s Work Programme (a fuss ably contributed to by my colleague Dr Neil Lee!), the launch of the Sayce Review of employment support for disabled people on Thursday was almost overshadowed.
20 May 2011
This week there has been plenty of good quality coverage of the issue of mental health in the workplace. This is largely down to the excellent 'Taking care of business' campaign by the mental health charity Mind. On Tuesday I was invited to participate in a business summit, organised by Mind, hosted by AXA and addressed by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform.
12 May 2011
The migration of people from long-term sickness absence onto Employment Support Allowance (ESA) – formerly Incapacity Benefit stands at about 3000 each week. Research published last week showed that the majority of these claimants are now suffering from mental health problems, with employers and the government seemingly powerless to stem the flow.
11 May 2011
Here at The Work Foundation we know all too well that many organisations are increasingly worried by the worsening health and wellbeing of their employees (and the bottom line implications)...
18 April 2011
Eric Weiner, author of 2008 bestseller The Geography of Bliss, had little hope for the UK to become a happy state. Weiner observed that in effect “British culture hinders happiness. The most obvious manifestation is the lack of hugging.”
Guest blog Professor Cary L Cooper, founder of Robertson Cooper, Prof of Organisational Psyc
15 March 2011
Whichever way you look at it, the UK is immersed in a difficult time. Many organisations are facing uncertainty, job cuts and a period of great change and against this background keeping people engaged and performing well can seem like an uphill battle.....