Sickness absence management

SOM calls for ramping up of OH provision in response to workplace health consultation

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has published its response to the government’s consultation on improving health at work, noting...

MPs to examine impact of endometriosis on women

8 Oct 2019

A group of MPs is to launch an inquiry into women’s experiences of endometriosis, after research found thousands have had...

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Education and coaching can significantly reduce migraine in staff, Swiss study finds

7 Oct 2019

Employer-provided education and coaching services can significantly reduce the impact migraine has on the workforce, a study has found.
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Nurse-led scheme in Wales making the menopause more manageable

4 Oct 2019

A pioneering nurse-led scheme is offering employees of a health board in Wales access to specialist menopause clinics, as Nikki...

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Not just ‘hot flushes’ – why it’s time employers took the menopause seriously

4 Oct 2019

With up to 80% of menopausal women still of working age, the health risks and sometimes debilitating symptoms that can...

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Smoke signals – why occupational health needs to take ‘diathermy smoke plume’ seriously

4 Oct 2019

It’s not well known, but diathermy smoke plume is a toxic smoke created during procedures such as electrocautery, laser surgery...

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Bringing domestic abuse out of the shadows, and how employers can make a difference

4 Oct 2019

Domestic abuse is nothing to do with employers or the workplace, right? Wrong. Some three-quarters of people who endure domestic...

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Two-fifths of firms had staff off sick for more than four weeks

19 Sep 2019

More than two-fifths (43%) of organisations have had staff absent from work for more than four weeks due to ill...

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Holiday blues – why we need to re-learn how to switch off

6 Sep 2019

As work returns to “normal” after the August summer holidays, employers need to revisit whether, in a world of smartphones...

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Field of dreams? Why the government needs to rethink how occupational health is delivered

6 Sep 2019

The government will need to widen its focus beyond traditional occupational health if it wants to build support for its...

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mental health

Insecurity blanket – supporting mental ill health through the use of EAPs

6 Sep 2019

Between Brexit, ‘working poverty’ and rising workplace and financial insecurity, it is perhaps little surprise that mental ill health and...

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Only half recognise heart condition warning signs

16 Aug 2019

Workers could be “sleepwalking into an epidemic of cardiovascular disease” if they do not improve their knowledge of heart disease...

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The Unum sickness absence and return to work trends 2019

5 Aug 2019

PROMOTED | Mental ill health and presenteeism are increasing – costing organisations and the economy billions of pounds a year...

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OH has a pivotal role to play in supporting employees through cancer

2 Aug 2019

One in three people living with cancer are of working age, yet managers and employers often feel ill-equipped when it...

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Understanding of occupational health low among HR teams

1 Aug 2019

Occupational health practitioners and providers have been urged to educate their HR colleagues and employers about their role and the...

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