Presenteeism

How to work just 40 hours a week this year!

How to work just 40 hours a week this year!

It’s no secret that most people work more than 40 hours a week, but are those extra hours necessary? "So many people say, ‘I have to do this,’ but they might just be putting those expectations on themselves," says Maura Thomas, productivity expert, author, and founder of RegainYourTime.com. Many people make assumptions about what their boss wants without ever testing the waters to find out if it’s true.

How sleep affects your weight

How sleep affects your weight

The amount and quality of sleep you get any given night really sets the tone of the following day. When we’re well-rested, our minds and bodies just seem to work better. When we’re really tired, everything’s harder. We get cranky, can’t focus, and sometimes get sick. Skimping on sleep long term can interfere with pretty much every aspect of your health from your skin to your immune system, to your ability to maintain a healthy weight.

What's causing career burnout & how can you avoid it

What's causing career burnout & how can you avoid it

Ever feel like you just can’t with your job anymore? Is your once dream job now your worst nightmare? If you only have that feeling occasionally, you probably don’t need to worry, but if you’re feeling stressed and frustrated at work every single day, you might be experiencing career burnout.

Stay motivated to work out after the clock change!

Stay motivated to work out after the clock change!

It’s autumn which means it’s time to bust out the soup and casserole recipes and pull on your favorite chunky jumper. But it also means adjusting workouts to take into account the changing environment. Investing in new cold weather workout gear is great, but the days are getting shorter too, and that means you might have to change your workout schedule to make sure you’re staying safe AND motivated. Below are a few tips to assist in keeping you moving and motivated:

Smoked damages your DNA permanently

Smoked damages your DNA permanently

We have known for a long time that smoking is bad for us! However, there is now evidence of exactly how much damage is caused as we can precisely count how many cancer-related DNA mutations accumulate in smokers’ organs over time.

Studies have found that on average, there is one DNA mutation per lung cell for every 50 cigarettes smoked.

There could be a better way to write your to-do list

There could be a better way to write your to-do list

A well-crafted to-do list acts as a guiding light for your day. It helps you overcome feelings of being overwhelmed, and reduces anxiety around whether you’re being productive throughout the day. To-do lists come in all shapes and sizes—it’s all about what works for you as an individual. The below method is one method that might work for you; it’s up to you to decide what to implement into your own planning system.

Why brits aren't getting enough sleep

Why brits aren't getting enough sleep

A study of 13 countries has shown that those living in the United Kingdom are the most exhausted, with more than a third of Brits (37%) feeling that they do not get enough sleep.

Americans are the fourth worst sleepers on the list, following Ireland and Canada, with 31% feeling under-slept. France, Turkey, Indonesia, China and Spain are among the countries that are better slept, suggesting that insomnia is more common in the English-speaking nations.

How to overcome social anxiety

How to overcome social anxiety

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. And some of us get it worse than others, and more frequently. Social anxiety.

Nobody wants to look stupid or be embarrassed. But since it’s not like your life is on the line, why is social fear so bad? There’s an answer…

Want to Work Smarter, Not Harder?

Want to Work Smarter, Not Harder?

I absolutely believe in the power of hard work. Like Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."

That's basically my mantra: I may not be as talented, or educated, or experienced as other people... but I can always try to out-work them.

But we can all work smarter, too. That's the real key to success: working harder and smarter.

How anxiety warps your perception

How anxiety warps your perception

An anxious mindset can change the way you view the world in profound ways. But could a simple new treatment offer a way out of the perpetual fear?

As your thoughts run uncontrollably, your heartbeat starts to race and your breathing becomes heavy. Uneasiness is followed by fear, and then without warning, panic begins to set in. Suddenly you feel overwhelmed and overstimulated. If you periodically experience these symptoms, know that you’re in good company. Actors like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone, musicians such as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Taylor Swift, artists and writers like Vincent Van Gogh and Emily Dickinson, all struggled with crippling bouts of anxiety.

Work-life balance strategies help even in the most demanding jobs

Work-life balance strategies help even in the most demanding jobs

Work-life balance sounds great, but it's getting tougher to achieve. Managers and staff often don't see eye to eye on time spent between the two. Several studies also indicate that the traditional workweek is getting longer. In certain industries such as accounting, law, consulting, or at startups in general, that balance is assumed to be impossible. The "80-hour workweeks" people complain about mean there's no time for everything else.

Cracking the code of work life balance

Cracking the code of work life balance

he battle to attain work life balance is a continual struggle for many people.  It can come down to how you define and judge having balance.  We all know people who spend time at work that is above and beyond what is required or expected and are thriving on the challenge and growth it brings and thus feels that they have balance. Where as another person who doesn't enjoy their job and occasionally has to put some extra overtime in feels that they don't have the balance that they are seeking.  Does work compete with hobbies, interests, family time that is more important to the individual!  is the job uninteresting with no prospects, does the leadership at work not inspire you, these factors and other have a bearing on how someone perceives their work/life balance.

The below article by Tony Bidwell discusses how good leadership can influence these challenges and how an employee can take control of their balance.

Lower back pain linked to women’s TV watching

Lower back pain linked to women’s TV watching

Watching TV for extended periods can cause lower back pain even in active women, an Australian study has found.

The research, undertaken by Melbourne's Monash University, found that watching TV was a factor in lower back pain for women, but not men.

Using data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, along with a questionnaire to uncover lifestyle factors, the study also found little evidence connecting physical activity levels to back pain intensity.

Why that brisk walk may NOT be enough!

Why that brisk walk may NOT be enough!

Exercising for more than 12 hours a week gives the best protection against heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes.

  • 12 hours is five times higher than the minimum activity suggested by the British Government and the World Health Organisation
  • Official guidelines fall well short of a truly healthy lifestyle, they say
  • But others argue health guidance has to be realistic, with some polls suggesting 44 per cent of people in Britain do no regular exercise at all.

ROI vs. VOI & the business value of a healthier working population

ROI vs. VOI & the business value of a healthier working population

Employers today have three key business concerns: health risks across their workforce, medical costs and lost productivity. So the debate on employer return on investment (ROI) for wellness programs is louder than ever.

It’s time to end the clamor. Traditional medical-cost-based ROI methodologies have been challenged as overly optimistic, and sometimes flawed. What’s actually working and how do we know? What are employers actually getting for their money? What’s the real business value of a healthier working population?

Presenteeism - The challenge

Presenteeism - The challenge

Presenteeism refers to a loss of workplace productivity resulting from employee health problems and/or personal issues, presentees are people who are ‘‘at work, but not working’’, at least not up to their full capacity.

UK presenteeism attributable to mental health problems accounts for 1.5 times as much working time lost as absenteeism, however relatively few organisations are familiar with the concept. Research has recognised that managing presenteeism effectively could be a competitive advantage for organisations (Hemp, 2004).

Walk and talk: Why walking meetings make business sense

Walk and talk: Why walking meetings make business sense

They’re not only good for your health but can bring better ideas, solutions and conversations. Here’s why walking meetings are the choice of a growing number of leaders…

In 2013, Harvard Business Review published an article titled “Sitting is the smoking of our generation”. The author was Nilofer Merchant, a chief executive and strategist who had previously worked for a host of tech giants including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec and Nokia.

Implementing an effective workplace wellbeing programme

Implementing an effective workplace wellbeing programme

Almost half (48%) of UK employer respondents do not have an employee wellbeing strategy in place, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management. Where should the responsibility of a work place wellbeing programme sit, HR, Occupational health, employee benefits, facilities, with Bob in the post room who is a regular gym user?! 

Exercising at Work Boosts Productivity

Exercising at Work Boosts Productivity

A recent study showed that employees can use work time for exercise or other health promoting measures and maintain the same level of productivity, or higher at work. Employees who spent 2.5 hours a week being physically active were more satisfied with the quantity and quality of their work, reported increased work ability and took less sick time than employees who did not engage in physical activity.