Some stress is good for us; it keeps us on our toes, allows us to think outside the box and come up with new, innovative ideas on occasion. However, a recent survey on work-related stress, anxiety and depression (the Labour Force Survey 2016) found that the number of days lost in 2016 due to stress-related issues was 11.7 million days, equating to 45% of all working days lost to ill-health.
We've heard a lot about 'just about managing' families in recent months, but what's it really like to be a working family in 2017? Together with Bright Horizons, we surveyed 2,750 families across the UK to find out how families are balancing work and care.
Having been on the conference circuit over the last few months (Wellbeing at Work, HR Summit Barcelona and CIPD Annual Conference) we've heard the term 'resilience' being discussed in many of the seminars and break-out sessions. Many delegates have wanted to discuss that word on our stand, too:
In fact most of our stress and worry comes from either not wanting things to change, yet they do, or from wanting things to change in a particular way, yet they don't. We're either clinging on for dear life, or trying to avoid what we fear.
Reaching breaking point in your current role doesn't necessarily mean you have to break away from your career completely, a side step might be just the thing you need to refresh your interest in your profession whilst freeing up more time to the other things that you enjoy. Life is about balance, stretching yourself to within an inch of your sanity is not going to do the best for you...
Earlier this year, I've started teaching mindfulness skills to hundreds of senior government executives as part of a large-scale project leadership development programme commissioned by the UK Cabinet Office.
Contrary to what you might believe, SAD is not actually bought on by the weather that winter brings but by lack of exposure to natural light. And most importantly we shouldn't underestimate the significant effect it can have on the way we feel both physically and mentally. Here's why...
In the high powered, fast moving society we live in and with many companies downsizing, today's employees are expected to do more with less, as demands rise time diminishes, creating an alarming trend of workplace stress and overwhelm.
Compassion is a wonderful key to have in your life in general, but most people don't think of it as being that useful in their jobs. Compassion for others is important, yes, but also remember to be compassionate with yourself.
The negative impact that burnout has on productivity and health has been known to governments for years, but the only country in the EU to have actually introduced legislation about burnout is Belgium.