Physical health

Work-related stress leading to employee physical pain

A majority (82%) of UK workers have said they suffer from physical pain due to their stress levels at work, according to new research.

Health and Wellbeing at Work: day one roundup

The Health and Wellbeing at Work event is back for its 17th year at Birmingham’s NEC. Here HR magazine provides a roundup of some of the key takeaways from day one.

Half the world will be overweight by 2035

The World Obesity Federation has warned that more than half the world’s population, 4 billion people, will be classed as overweight or obese by 2035, if current trends continue.

Cake in the office likened to passive smoking by food watchdog chief

People should stop bringing cake into the office because of the risks it poses to colleagues’ health, the head of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said.

HSE warns employers to prepare for warmer future

Employers must act now to ensure workplaces are ready for warmer weather in the future, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced.

Nine in 10 women want better health support at work

A new survey has found the majority of women think there should be more support in their workplace when it comes to female health issues.

Pandemic's rise in domestic abuse prompts policy change at RSA Insurance

RSA Insurance has introduced a new policy granting paid leave to employees dealing with issues of domestic abuse.

Fit note update modernises sick leave

The government has introduced new legislation allowing medical professionals other than GPs to provide fit notes for sick workers if they are unable to work.

Healthy retirement out of reach for majority of UK workers

Just 9% of men and 16% of women can expect to reach retirement in good health.

Rise in menopause tribunals attributed to increased awareness

The number of employment tribunals relating to menopause increased in 2021, highlighting a potential rise in awareness of the condition.

Remote work as dangerous as smoking to health of UK workers

Working from home is as dangerous to the health of UK workers as smoking, according to new research from private healthcare company Bupa.

Chronic pain stigma prevents employees speaking up

Over a quarter of adults in the UK are living with chronic pain conditions, and are having to manage them in the workplace.