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Exercise, dreaded by many, appreciated by all. It can often be difficult to build up the motivation in order to throw yourself into a workout – however most find that once they have got over that no-motivation hurdle they have more stamina than they realised. If motivation doesn’t come easily to you, then there are some things that you can do to get yourself and your body in the mood for exercise… Setting Goals One of the simplest ways to motivate yourself is by setting yourself realistic goals. By setting goals you then have something to work towards, which will […]
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Safety at work is something that everyone has to consider: from desk bound office workers right through to those handling dangerous chemicals or performing tasks at extreme heights or temperatures. One of the most important considerations is the atmosphere around us. If the air that we breathe is in any way contaminated it could spell serious issues for our health. The Health and Safety Executive has found that there are about 36,000 people who worked in the last year – and 141,000 who had ever worked – who have breathing or lung problems they thought were caused or made worse […]
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Recent figures show that only one third of workers who experienced a mental health problem in the last five years felt well-supported by their managers. Line managers routinely overestimate how well their workplace supports staff’s mental health and wellbeing, and less than a fifth of workers with mental health issues said they actually received the kind of support that would help them to remain in work. But why is this happening? Well, there’s a perception that those with mental health problems won’t be able to cope with workloads and the stresses and strains of the workday, which stops people discussing […]
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If you need help making corporate, product, strategic or any other critical decision, you might find yourself turning to a life sciences consulting firm. However, it’s hard to know what to look for. Whether you’re a financial sponsor, or working on behalf of a healthcare service, academic institute or global pharmaceutical company, here are some questions to ask yourself when looking for a consulting firm to work with. What ‘kind’ of firm do you want to work with? The approach and attitude of life science consulting firms vary from company to company. So, be clear about what it is you […]
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When it comes to health care in the work place, there are some differences between the UK and America. In the UK for example there is statutory sick pay incase employees need it when they fall unwell however in the U.S there is no guarantee for any sick pay. The infographic below highlights some of the differences between working in the UK and the U.S including the perks and benefits! Take a look to see the main differences between the two… Provided by Foothold America

Many of us will spend hours in our gardens because we we want to create a space we enjoy spending time in and are proud to show off to guests. But, did you know that gardening can improve both your mental and physical health? Nature has long been known for its relaxing qualities – as a place that provides peace and tranquillity. Simply spending time in a garden can be good for you and is it any surprise when you are in the fresh air, surrounded by sweet-smelling flowers all of which are teaming with wildlife? In care homes gardens […]
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It’s no secret that the general population is growing at a rate faster than ever before. As it stands, the UK has a population of 64.1 million – a number which is predicted to reach 70 million mid-2027, just 10 years from now. The world’s population is expanding at a similar rate, with more than 7 billion people on the planet currently and urban populations rapidly developing and branching out. The healthcare systems supporting these huge urban populations will find themselves under strain, as more and more health issues arise due to people living in such close proximity to each […]
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The air we breathe should be safe, right? Which is why as an employer, it’s imperative that you keep workers protected from polluted, unsafe air that could cause respiratory issues and more serious health problems later down the line. So, how can you ensure respiratory health is protected for your workers? Here are a few things to consider: Do you have the correct RPE? RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) really is the first thing to put in place when dealing with environments or tasks that may affect respiratory health. Let’s say your business works on the railway and deals with ballast […]
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In a day and age where health and safety is at the forefront of our minds, you and your business will regularly be considering ways to increase and improve your safety procedures at work. All businesses and organisations have a legal obligation to put into place suitable arrangements to manage and monitor health and safety. Regardless of the size of your business it’s important to have effective leadership and management, fully trained staff and an environment where everyone is trusted and involved. Our checklist shows what should be considered when thinking about health and safety at work: Equipment – Ensure […]
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The psychological impact of a break-in Home break-ins can have an extreme physical and psychological impact on us. That’s why many of us take a steps to prevent intruders from entering our homes: from investing in security doors to installing alarm systems and CCTV cameras, there are many things we can do to protect your property. But, if the worst should happen, what can an invasion of privacy do to your mind? Feelings of contamination and violation The thought of a stranger rummaging through personal and private belongings can leave victims feeling contaminated and violated. In fact, it’s not uncommon […]
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More than a third of Government spending goes on welfare, with the aim of making life easier for people up and down the country who would otherwise struggle. This bill, which amounts to more than £250 billion, is a constant source of political debate. Personal Independence Payment is a new addition. The largest part of the pot actually goes on pensions but, in recent years, the Government has focused on trying to reform the system with a view to encouraging people as many people into work as possible and prioritising payments to those who need them most. That has resulted in […]
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Did you know that selling your house is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever experience in your life? It’s actually thought to be more stressful than having a child! If you’re already going through the process of selling your house, you’ll probably know how stressful it is, but what you may not know is how to cope with that raised blood pressure, anxiety and constant worry. Read these five tips to make the process easier on yourself, and on the people closest to you! Make some early decisions Making some important decisions right at the beginning of the […]
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