Increased poor workplace health no laughing matter
and loss of humour amongst people in the workplace are just 2 of the
knock-on effects that businesses in the North West now have to deal
with due to poor workplace health, according to new research.
The ‘Quality of Working Life’ report published by the
Chartered Management Institute and Workplace Health Connect uncovers
a high number of physical and psychological symptoms and highlights
the impact these have on business performance.
The survey questioned 1,541 managers in the UK revealing a poor
picture of health, with 43% managers in the North West believing
they are currently in ‘good’ health. Key findings of the
* Taking the strain: 45% admitted to feeling or becoming angry with
others too easily and 36% confessed to a loss of humour creating
* Pressure point: 54% of those questioned in the North West
complained of muscular tension or physical aches and pains. 44% said
they experienced frequent headaches.
* Fighting fatigue: Asked about psychological symptoms, 58%
experienced feelings of constant tiredness at work. 59% complained
The report also shows that ill-health is having an impact on morale
and performance. 34% admit they are irritable ‘sometimes or often’
towards colleagues. Some managers in the North West also want to
avoid contact with other people (30%) and many (24%) have difficulty
making decisions due to ill health.
Mary Chapman, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute,
says:- “With the impact of ill-health being keenly felt in the
workplace, managers need a better understanding of the consequences
of letting relatively minor symptoms escalate. They need to take
more personal responsibility for improving their health because
inaction is clearly having an effect on colleagues and the knock-on
effect is that customer relationships will suffer, too.”
Elizabeth Gyngell, programme director at Workplace Health Connect,
says:- “Health activities should not be driven by a concern
over legislation, but by the understanding that improved well-being
can generate significant benefits to morale and performance. This
means organisations should ensure their employees are well versed in
identifying and addressing symptoms before they escalate.”
COUNCILS TREBLE CONVICTIONS FOR BENEFIT FRAUD IN 4 YEARS
day Emmerdale's Dawn Woods will learn she is to spend 6 weeks in
prison after being convicted of benefit fraud, the Local Government
Association has warned other potential swindlers face joining her
behind bars if they rip off tax payers.
New figures released this week have revealed the number of people
convicted of benefit fraud following a council prosecution has
almost tripled from 1,732 to 4,688 in the last 4 years.
The LGA has stressed councils are willing to see that figure rise in
their on-going war against the benefit cheats that are costing the
taxpayer nationally almost £1billion a year.
Typical scams include people:-
Receiving housing and council tax benefit whilst claiming to be
unemployed but working full-time
Claiming under false
Pretending to be single
Failing to declare
incomes or changes in circumstances on housing benefit claims
Sir Sandy Bruce Lockhart, chairman of the LGA, said:- "Benefit
fraud is not a victimless offence. These criminals are cheating the
tax payer and stealing money that could be spent on the genuinely
vulnerable. Councils adopt a zero tolerance approach to this
abuse of public funds. The message to the fraudsters is clear - try
and con the system and you will end up behind bars. Local
authorities will continue to work closely with the Department of
Work and Pensions to prosecute people who commit benefit fraud."