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Government Initiative to reduce Sickness

The Health and Work Service, which will cover England, Wales and Scotland, will offer non-compulsory medical assessments and treatment plans BBC News reports. Click on the link to read the full article. 

New Health and Work Service to be offered

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Night work 'throws body into chaos' claims research.

The BBC has reported today that working night shift throws the body "into chaos" and could cause long-term damage, warn researchers.

Shift work has been linked to higher rates of type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and cancer.Now scientists at the Sleep Research Centre in Surrey have uncovered the disruption shift work causes at the deepest molecular level. Experts said the scale, speed and severity of damage caused by being awake at night was a surprise. The human body has its own natural rhythm or body clock tuned to sleep at night and be active during the day.It has profound effects on the body, altering everything from hormones and body temperature to athletic ability, mood and brain function.

For the full article see link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25812422

What can we do to get shift work right?

According to the Health and Safety Executive, there are many paprameters we can put in place to ensure risk is minimised. A good start is to take a risk assessment approach to managing fatigue and shift work, and the HSE guidance on this approach is simple and accessible (HSE, 2006): avoid over-complicating things.

The social and domestic side of working shifts is a vital part of getting things right (HSE 2006; Miller 2006), and a predictable shift pattern at least allows those working it - along with their families - to make plans to mitigate the loss of normal social and domestic contact caused by working shifts. Patterns that result in ad hoc working to fill gaps, cover overtime and so on are inherently unpredictable.

A good shift system and shift pattern will be one that has less "noise", in the sense that it will work quietly and not create undue management, supervisory or user difficulties. But nothing remains constant, so any pattern will need effective monitoring and auditing, as well as regular review against operating experience, which will help with improving standards and knowledge.

For more information, go to HSE shift work guidance

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How to Handle Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Following the surprising story of former Co-op Bank chairman, Paul Flowers, being ‘filmed buying drugs’, how should employers handle these scenarios to minimise risk to their business, employees and their reputation?

Alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace is an issue for many employers. Not only does it impact on working days being lost, it can also have major consequences on health and safety matters, not to mention the reputation of the business.  There is also the welfare of staff to consider.

Ideally, employers should aim to identify employees with dependency problems and with the support of an occupational health physician and/or GP, appropriate diagnosis can be sought and support offered to help the individual with their rehabilitation.

Where alcohol or drug abuse affects an employee's performance, conduct or attendance record and either he or she has refused the opportunity to seek help or, having accepted counselling and treatment, the same issues remain, it may result in his or her dismissal on the grounds of either conduct or capability.

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Happiness at Work

Ashlie Turner  talks to Frank Galbraith of The Scotsman about what makes us happy at work...Scotsman feature with Magenta HR

 

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Dress to Impress - What to Wear and What Not to Wear at Interviews

Scotsman article featuring Magenta HR advising how to get the dress code right for those important job interviews. Scotsman article 18 October 2013

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