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Neurodiversity: A Guide for Employers

January 25th, 2023 posted by staywelloh

Why is it important? At least 20% of the adult population have a diagnosed neurological condition such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and/or dyspraxia. Therefore, it is essential that employers are aware of how to support such employees in order to create a diverse, productive workforce which values everyone’s…

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Neurodiversity at work: How Occupational Health can help

November 29th, 2022 posted by StaywellAdmin

There is no standard human brain, and every individual has their own areas of strength and areas where they have more difficulty.  This applies no more or no less to people who have diagnosis or traits of neurodiverse conditions.  There is increased worldwide awareness of neurodiversity compared to a few years ago, and people who…

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How Mental Health Can Be Improved With Exercise

October 20th, 2022 posted by StaywellAdmin

When we think about exercise, we do not automatically think of the benefits it can have on our brains. Exercise typically makes our bodies leaner and fitter, but it is also apparent that regular exercise goes hand in hand with good mental health. Exercise can also help with a wide range of issues including stress,…

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Emotional Support Animals; Can I Bring My Dog To Work?

September 22nd, 2022 posted by StaywellAdmin

How OH can help to address this important question? The increase in pet ownership in the UK has increased with an estimated 3.2m households now having a pet. Young people are the main drivers of this trend, with more than half of new owners aged 16 to 34.  Animal welfare organisations have been warning that…

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Anxiety triggered by adverse world events

June 6th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

When news breaks and we see images of death and destruction in the media it can be overwhelming. For some people this can affect emotional health and triggers symptoms of stress and anxiety. The reduced emotional health typically stems from worrying the same things may happen where you live or to your loved ones. Triggered…

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Sickness Absence: What are my responsibilities as an employer

May 4th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

As an employer dealing with long term sickness absence and frequent absences, you have a variety of legal responsibilities. Several laws are relevant when managing sick leave and return to work, such as the Equality Act, the Employment Rights Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act.  Employees are more likely to return to…

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The Coronavirus pandemic: the science behind “stress” and what to do about it.

March 30th, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Paul Hinckley, Occupational Health Advisor at Staywell Occupational Health – 30th March 2020 One thing that has set Coronavirus apart from other infectious diseases is that it comes with a huge fear-factor for most people. Even the word “pandemic” sounds scary. The speed with which this virus has spread throughout the world has surprised…

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It’s Time to Talk About Mental Ill Health in the Workplace #ITSOKAYTOTALK

September 12th, 2017 posted by staywelloh

Sunday, 10th September was World Suicide Prevention Day and the #itsokaytotalk hashtag has been used widely across various social media platforms in recent days. Talking about mental health is key to better understanding but, unfortunately, it’s something far too many of us tend to shy away from, particularly when we’re in the workplace. All too…

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Supporting Long Term Illness and Disability in the Workplace

May 18th, 2017 posted by staywelloh

This is Deaf Awareness Week which hopes to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities that people with hearing impairment encounter every day. The deaf and deafblind community has long been collaborating with the Government to tackle some of the problems that impact on them, including how they get better access to work and employment…

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How to Spot Signs of Mental Health Issues at Work

May 8th, 2017 posted by staywelloh

This is Mental Health Awareness Week and there are numerous events going on around the UK and the rest of the world designed to get us talking. There’s no doubt that mental health is one of the biggest issues we all face nowadays. Often chronically underfunded in many societies, it’s accompanied by a huge amount…