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By Andrew West, human resources manager at the Royal College of Nursing. The government’s 'Fuller working lives strategy' identifies the need for employers to support older workers, not just to stay in work, but to continue developing, learning and changing jobs, even changing careers. The issues it raises are myriad, but the trap is in assuming that as employers we can somehow consider our older…
Small and medium-sized enterprises have a poor record for investing in employee wellbeing. Andrew Harris, workplace health and wellbeing specialist at Fit for Work, looks at the barriers they face and how to overcome them. Almost two-thirds of our waking lives are spent at work. This makes the workplace one of the best arenas to influence positive health and wellbeing. Why, then, does the cost…
When HR magazine catches up with Ros Altmann in February it’s in hushed tones. She’s pacing – it becomes apparent during our phone call – the corridors of the House of Lords, listening out for EU-related updates. Halfway through our chat she suddenly asks if we can reconvene in half an hour. Once back she explains she had to duck into the PM’s statement on…
Figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) have revealed that the number of people with depression worldwide increased 18 per cent between 2005 and 2015, with now more than 300 million people living with depression. This figure marks depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. The WHO has decided to focus World Health Day 2017 on depression. In its year-long…
The cross party Communities and Local Government Committee has made several significant recommendations on increasing support for families and friends providing unpaid care as part of its report on adult social care. Comment from Responding to the report, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive at Carers UK. The Committee’s recommendations on carers include: Extra funding is needed to enable councils to fulfil their duties to assess…