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High job demands, stress and employment insecurity are among the main reasons why people struggle to work when they are ill, according to new research. A study by the University of East Anglia which aims to improve understanding of the key causes of employees going to work when sick, known…
Employers are being urged to do more to prevent stress among their staff after a study showed it had become a "huge problem". The TUC said around 244,000 new cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety were diagnosed in the UK in 2013/14, or one every two minutes. More than…
Friendly bacteria can act as a stress buster and improve mental health, research has shown. A study of 22 healthy men found that volunteers who took a probiotic for a month experienced less daily stress than those given a "dummy" placebo supplement. Tests also showed they performed better in a…
Scientists have created a potential new treatment for depression by combining a medication for pain relief with one for combating addiction. Current antidepressants, called SSRIs, increase the level of serotonin in the brain although the exact mechanism by which they work is unclear. Between 30% and 50% of patients do…
Few employers have discussed mental health issues with their staff and a "strikingly low" number have a company-wide policy in place, new research has revealed. A study by the Institute of Directors (IoD) found that fewer than one in four firms had a specific programme for dealing with mental health…
The ambulance service is on the verge of "breaking down" because staff are suffering high levels of stress amid long working hours and tight targets, according to a new report. A survey of 1,300 ambulance staff by Unison found that one in five described their work-life balance as "terrible". A…
Mounting pressure on social workers means that many do not have the time or resources to properly protect vulnerable children, a new survey suggests. Three quarters (73 per cent) of the 600 social workers surveyed by Community Care magazine said they struggled to properly protect children at risk, citing escalating…
Are you worried about losing your job? If so, what can you do about it? Firstly, ask yourself if this is a real fear or an unjustified reaction to the current economic climate. Most jobs, in fact, will not disappear and most people will remain in their current employment. You…
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Dress for success

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Although some companies have relaxed their dress code for employees, many still expect a professional look in interviews for new recruits. Here we look at why it is still important to companies.

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Resigning with class!

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Are you preparing to resign from your current job? Some job seekers have a hard time doing so, either because they love the job and their colleagues or because they can't stand the job and can't wait to leave. 

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When the workplace is a hell place

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Founder of Just Fight On, Jo-Anne Brown, spoke exclusively to us about bullying and harassment in the workplace. Bullying only happens to weak people. It only happens in school playgrounds.

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