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Don't forget about senior leaders' health, says Virgin Media chief people officer

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Companies must not overlook the health and wellbeing of senior leaders, chief people officer at Virgin Media Maurice Daw has told HR magazine.

“The temptation is to provide health and safety training to frontline staff but overlook senior staff,” he said.

“These individuals often work very long hours, don’t always eat properly and experience high stress levels,” said Daw, adding that senior employees typically have needs very particular to them.

Daws added he was encouraged by health and wellbeing gradually moving up the HR agenda.

Virgin Media has recently embarked upon a study to test the benefits of using standing desks for two hours a day. Previous studies suggest sitting for long periods of time can result in greater risk of type two diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses.

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