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blackboard shhh Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at how mental illness in the workplace can affect everyday working and what employers can do to ensure enough support and help is offered.

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family2Novelty socks, kitsch ceramic mugs, yet another new pair of slippers – most years, Father’s Day can end up feeling more like Groundhog Day. This year, however, we’d like you to put the cards aside for a moment and instead spare a thought for some of the dads who went off to work one morning and didn’t come home. It’s a sobering thought we know, but there is hope – especially when you consider how many things you can do to ensure that neither you, nor your colleagues, become another statistic…

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Stress 2This week marks the return of the annual European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which this year focuses on the issue of work-related stress. As we have discussed previously, stress and related illnesses are a major problem in workplaces, and are estimated to cost the UK economy a staggering £26 billion pounds each year. With this is mind, we have invited senior lecturer in psychology and ‘stress expert’ Dr Ashley Weinberg to discuss what can be done to help ease the burden on both employers and employees. (more…)

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iStock_000016647461SmallWe’ve all been there. That awkward moment down the pub or at a party when somebody asks what you do for a living. There’s a pause while you stall for time, a bead of sweat forming on your brow while you debate how to respond. In the end you swallow hard and decide to bite the bullet. ‘I work in… Health and safety.’ The imaginary record playing in the corner skips as the room draws its collective breath. And then the jokes begin… (more…)

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Pressure gaugeAs we discussed in the first part of our work related stress series, poor mental health – including stress and anxiety – is a major issue in the workplace, calculated to cost the UK economy £26 billion pounds each year. While stress itself is not an illness, excessive and prolonged stress can lead to serious mental and physical illness. In this second part, we discuss the practical steps you can take to help reduce excessive stress at work, hopefully making your workplace a healthier, happier environment for all. (more…)

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stop workplace bullyingWhile some of you might be keen to reminisce about your own school days – first years’ heads being flushed down the toilet, writing lines in detention and perhaps (for those of you of a certain age) even a sound thrashing from the head teacher – the rest of us are glad to have left the mental and physical torment of school behind to enjoy a bully-free career in the adult world.

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StressSome people seem to thrive on it; others go to extraordinary lengths to avoid it. Love it or loathe it, one thing for certain is that in the modern workplace, stress is an unavoidable fact of life. However, stress itself is not an illness; we all need a certain level of stress to operate. Nevertheless, excessive and prolonged stress can lead to serious mental and physical illness.

One-in-four people in the UK are estimated to experience a mental health problem at some point in their life, and poor mental health in the workplace is calculated by the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology to cost the UK economy £26 billion pounds each year. With many businesses already struggling in the current economic climate, reducing sickness absence is a major priority for most organisations.

In this brief guide, we look at the causes of workplace stress and consider various techniques to help you reduce stress at work.

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