The health of a workforce is something that should be high on the agenda of every organisation who wants to attract, engage and retain talent. This is for many reasons. One of the main being that it demonstrates to employees that they are a valued part of a company and that their employer cares. Our employee feedback clearly shows this really matters.
Today is the last day of Stress Awareness Month; a 30 day period dedicated to increasing public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern-day stress epidemic.
Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992; but despite it’s longevity, the Mental Health Foundation states that 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. With millions of people in the UK experiencing high levels of stress, especially whilst at work, Tonic helps empower individuals to take control and feel less stressed in the workplace.
On Your Feet Day
Today, Friday 26th April, is officially ‘On Your Feet Day.’ On Your Feet Day is a national celebration which aims to get people across Britain united to participate in a variety of fun and simple activities whilst at work; ultimately making us #SitLess and #MoveMore.
When we think about Diabetes and Heart Disease, it seems that the majority of us think of two separate conditions. However, did you know that if you have diabetes you are more likely to develop heart disease and you have a greater chance of a heart attack or a stroke. That’s because people with diabetes are more likely to have certain risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
So, if you have diabetes (or know some one who has), there are a number of things that can be done and, understanding the connection between these diseases is a great first step towards prevention.
Stress Awareness Month starts in just two weeks. It runs from the 1st until the 30th of April 2019. Have you made plans to raise awareness of the importance of stress management in your organisation or perhaps in your household; even with your friends and family?
Although it is an all year-round, 365 day effort by The Tonic Team to help our clients create more stress-free, happier and healthier workplaces, April is a GREAT time to launch a program, resurrect an event or plan a pop-up.
A Modern Epidemic
We can no longer hide from the effects of stress in the workplace. It is increasingly referred to as a ‘modern epidemic.’ Recent statistics show that over 11 million days are lost at work a year because of stress at work and according to the Health and Safety Executive HSE, in 2017/18 595,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill.
We all encounter workplace related stress at some point in our lives. It is a natural and normal human reaction. However, the difference between letting stress overwhelm you and you coping with it – even thriving on it – can be vital.
When you begin to truly believe in the physical and emotional wellbeing of your staff, it can completely transform the face of your business.
Even though workplace health and wellbeing is moving up the corporate agenda, many businesses still struggle with where to start and also with the time it takes to create and manage a programme. In spite of the tangible benefits in looking after your most important asset (your staff) including lower absence rates, increased productivity and improved employee engagement; feedback says TIME is the biggest barrier to progress when is comes to wellbeing programmes.
Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Yes it is!
I view this (walking 10,000 steps a day) as a basic requirement for good health, like drinking enough water each day. Your body is designed for movement. Many researchers are now starting to emphasise the importance of walking (low impact, low intensity) and spending less time sitting.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning A Successful Workplace Health & Wellbeing Programme.
Does the idea of planning a health and wellbeing programme, or even a one-off workplace wellness event leave you feeling a little overwhelmed? If like many companies that we speak to, you simply don’t know where to start, rest assured this needn’t be the case. We are here to help you to focus on the outcomes; getting people engaged, promoting behaviour change, raising awareness and getting people to talk to remove stigma – all of the positives!
Why Stress Awareness Day?
Held on the first Wednesday in November every year – it’s all about raising awareness of stress at home and at work. National Stress Awareness Day (this year on 7th Nov) is championed by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).