Workplace efficiency aka ergonomics is often misconstrued as a dull and perhaps pointless exercise with the sole aim of ‘Feng-Shui-ING’ our environment to get us out of pain. For some, the addition of sparkling new furniture over-shadows the main aim of the exercise, which is to help us work at our best.
How does a new desk and higher computer monitor make us better?
Pain–relief: The most obvious reason to optimise your workstation, whether at home or in the office is to assist with pain reduction, pain relief, or pain-prevention. All equally useful, but on the basis that prevention is better than cure, to prevention of symptoms including, the inevitable stiff neck, disc irritation or sciatic pain has to be one of the most important benefits for workplace ergonomics.
Function: Within your work-environment, from kitchen, dining room or wherever that may be, we have to ensure that we can function. Have you got room to...
For many of you, there will have been a time in your life where you felt anxious. From butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, a fast heart rate, increased breathing and a possible feeling of doom, you probably recognise some, if not all of these symptoms.
Anxiety as a subject, however, is very complex with numerous categories, sub-classifications, diagnoses and experiences. It may surprise many of you that there is a difference between anxiety as a symptom versus an actual anxiety disorder. So what’s that difference?
Anxiety as a symptom is a normal reaction to stress. For some it can be quite motivating, while for others it can be disabling. On the other hand, an anxiety disorder tends to be more prolonged, out of context with the current stress, impairs many aspects of your life and can alter your ability to think straight.
So it is vital to continue with the discussion clarifying that this conversation is focused to the sensation of anxiety and not an anxiety...
The UK loses just over 200,000 working days a year due to sleep deprivation among its workforce.
In recent years, businesses have clocked on to the importance of employee wellbeing. However, one fundamental part of employee health and happiness is often overlooked, sleep.
It has previously been estimated that lack of sleep among UK workers is costing the economy up to £40 billion a year, which is 1.86 per cent of the country's GDP. And that, shockingly, if individuals that slept under six hours per night started sleeping six to seven hours, roughly £23.9bn could be added to the UK economy.  Thinking about this in terms of days, it has been suggested that the UK loses just over 200,000 working days a year due to sleep deprivation among its workforce.  With figures such as these demonstrating a clear relationship between sleep and the economy, we make sure it is an integral part of our wellness strategy with each of our wellness...