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Employee wellbeing neglected

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Half of all businesses in the healthcare sector do nothing to encourage healthy eating and exercise among staff.

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The research, from GE Capital, shows that under half (40%) have an active scheme in place to encourage healthy eating and exercise.

John Jenkins, chief executive office at GE Capital said: “Against a backdrop of growing pressure on NHS budgets and a need for SMEs to drive economic growth, anything that can be done to enable SMEs to invest more to promote a healthier lifestyle amongst their employees has got to make economic sense. Healthy workplaces will result in a higher level of productivity whilst minimising any health insurance costs that small firms may have.”

Just under a third believe that nothing can be done to change the support they provide to their employees. Half think that the provision of free health checks for employees could make a difference, while over a third (37%) think the government needs to provide better tax breaks for employee health club memberships. In addition, over a quarter (27%) would like to have more information about promoting health in the workplace.

Professor Paul Gately, Carnegie Professor of Exercise and Obesity, Leeds Metropolitan University, said: “Having a healthier workforce as a result of small firms offering more structured support will dramatically reduce the costs to UK SMEs, not to mention the benefits that the employees themselves will gain. There are many excellent initiatives and schemes that offer workers a real chance to gain and maintain a healthy lifestyle and it is important that employers offer such benefits and encourage greater participation.”

Professor Paul Gately, Carnegie Professor of Exercise and Obesity, Leeds Metropolitan University, said: “Having a healthier workforce as a result of small firms offering more structured support will dramatically reduce the costs to UK SMEs, not to mention the benefits that the employees themselves will gain. There are many excellent initiatives and schemes that offer workers a real chance to gain and maintain a healthy lifestyle and it is important that employers offer such benefits and encourage greater participation.”

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  • Nothing can be done? My arse! How about making sure our shift patterns aren't so haphazard for a start? Make sure there is enough downtime between shifts?

    Ensure good working paractices so we aren't all so overworked and stressed?

    How about decent healthy food in the canteen that is available when we are actually on break and possibly even subsidised?

    How about a free gym on hospital premises or a deal made with a local gym for subsidised memberships?

    How about ... Oh you get the idea! They can stick their 'nothing can be done' up their ...!!!!

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  • Omg the shift times are killing me. They re a totally random mix of earlies, lates and nights with no pattern, rhythm or reason.

    I did 2 nights and 2 earlies and one late this week. Work that one out. Our off duty on comes out a couple weeks in advance so you can't plan your life or arrange child care.

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  • What is your occupational health department doing about this? They should be proactive in stress and illness prevention. Messing about with your circadian rythms will simply reduce your resistance to illness and make you more prone to stress related conditions.Get on their cases until they get off their backsides and support you!

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  • Come Jacqueline our OH department is on it's knees just like every other department in these bankrupt trust. We have had the RCN, and unison in multiple times over the last 6 months. What I learned that nothing will be done. The only option for Nurses is to get out of bedside nursing if they want to get away from the physical and emotional abuse from employers and patients.

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