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Are you getting enough sleep? 5 principles for better sleep

The question of how much sleep one needs is one we get all the time. The answer, as with so much, is it really depends how much YOU need! Everyone is different. Some people need more than others. As a guideline 7-9 hours is about right, but don’t panic if you are getting less for ...

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The origins of the Six Pillars of Wellbeing

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” -Theodosius Dobzhansky An introduction to The Six Pillars I work primarily as a clinician in the NHS treating patients with a variety of complex physical and mental health problems. For the past 15 years I have been on a mission to demystify mental health ...

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Exercise, Sleep


How the pandemic forced us to live an experiment that could benefit our teams

You can’t swing a cat at the moment without connecting with someone who’s thinking about, worrying about or indeed opining about the future of where and how we work!  We haven’t seen the end of workplaces quite yet, and thank goodness for that. As an aside, if your work involves having to be in a ...

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Employee Wellbeing, Hybrid Working

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Employee Burnout Part 4: Preventing Employee Burnout

Employee burnout is impacting UK workforces.  A study by Deloitte found that employee burnout costs UK businesses £45 billion in 2020. This figure has risen by 6% over 3 years and hints at a growing problem.  Employee burnout is not limited to financial losses. It affects the collective wellbeing of a workforce— and can be ...

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Stress Management

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Employee Burnout Part 3: Dealing With Employee Burnout

Employee burnout is a global issue costing us billions each year—approximately £45 billion, in fact. But it’s not just financial losses that are a direct and detrimental result of burnout. It has a huge impact on the collective wellbeing of the employees suffering with it, and by extension, public health and the development of our ...

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Stress Management


7 reasons to believe employee wellbeing is on the cusp of a revolution

Three years ago, I entered the world of mental health to try to make a difference. My driver was a sad one. I had lost six friends to suicide over 20 years, and hoped I could rationalise some of the pain (and maybe some of the guilt?) by helping others with their mental health. I ...

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Culture, Employee Wellbeing

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Careers most likely to affect your wellbeing

Employee burnout is the silent crisis happening throughout UK workplaces, with as many as one in six workers experiencing a mental health problem at any one time, and stress thought to be responsible for almost half of the working days lost in Britain due to health issues1. Is it more common in particular careers, or ...

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Employee Burnout Part 1: What Is Employee Burnout?

UK workforces are burnt out and it’s costing us all. We’re not just talking about the £45 billion annual financial loss, but the talent, potential and overall wellbeing of employees. What’s more: employers are failing to effectively deal with this challenge. Typical solutions like group stress management, CBT email therapy, employee assistance programs and points-based ...

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Employee Burnout Part 2: Signs and Symptoms

Employee burnout is a silent crisis in UK workforces.  76% of all workers show signs of burnout at least sometimes, costing the economy a whopping £45 billion a year. Despite more people coming forward, the problem isn’t being fixed, as the cost has swelled 16% in two years.  Burnout is so endemic that it was ...

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