More productivity is a good thing, right?

More productivity is a good thing, right?

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that “higher productivity” may in fact be a mixed blessing at best. What really matters is how the productivity was generated. Although the latest official figures show that output per worker recently went up, this...
The work/life balance conundrum

The work/life balance conundrum

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) indicated in 2013 that in the UK the average annual hours worked was 1,654. We sleep for approx. 2,555 hours each year. Leaving 4,536 hours for ‘life’. This suggests that work is 19% of our existence,...
Did you know that absenteeism is very costly for businesses?

Did you know that absenteeism is very costly for businesses?

For a workforce of 1000 people, the annual estimated cost of absenteeism due to stress and ill mental health would be £269,730 (CIPD Survey 2008). 70% more sick days since 2009 A recent report shows a 70% rise in stress related sick days in the East of England public...
Do you have a healthy work-life balance?

Do you have a healthy work-life balance?

We are all familiar with the phrase ‘nine-to-five job’, but how many people do you know that actually work those hours anymore? We are working longer hours and carrying heavier workloads, leaving us with less time for everything else. A mental health survey found that...