National Bed Month 2020

February 26, 2020

  We all know the immense joy of getting into a warm bed after a long day.  The Sleep Council have taken this a step further and introduced National Bed Month which runs throughout March. It is well documented that sleep has a significant effect on our mental and physicalRead More

The effects of work-place stressors on young workers

February 26, 2020

  Published in January 2020, Law et al. conducted a systematic review of nine studies that looked into the effect of work-related stressors on the mental health of young workers. The studies were conducted across the globe and their criteria for what constitutes a young person was <30 years orRead More

Case Study: Global Trauma Support For A Global News Agency

January 29, 2020

The Challenge Journalism is a high-stress profession. Whether you are embedded on the front-line of an armed conflict or breaking out snaps on today’s foreign exchange movements, the deadlines are tight and the competition is never far behind. Most professionals working for global news agencies thrive on the pressure andRead More

Ensuring Your Workforce Has A Healthy Work Life Balance in 2020

January 2, 2020

With this new year why not take the time and invest in your Employees wellbeing and help them take back control of their work life balance, especially now as many companies are running with teams that are burning out as they are attempting to keep on top of high demandingRead More

Effective Time Management: Work Smart, Not Fast

December 23, 2019

Its 2019 and even with the huge assistance that technology can offer, most workers are still struggling with the amount of workload that is put upon them. Many people under pressure burn out as they attempt to get all their work done before deadlines. When people burn out their productivityRead More

Stay Ahead This Winter. 5 Ways To Prepare For The Office Flu

December 17, 2019

It’s that time of the year again, the evenings are darker, ice forms on your car’s windscreen, and the flu virus is rife within your office. There are ways that organisations can help prevent the spread of the flu which if unchecked can wipe out a whole office floor, leavingRead More

Turning Christmas Stress into High Employee Morale

December 13, 2019

Christmas can be a very stressful time for everyone. Stress can have a huge impact on the productivity and morale within your workforce, but there are opportunities you can use to turn this stress into high employee morale. Christmas should be a time for celebrating and enjoying time with familyRead More

Wellbeing, Recognition & Leadership: “Look After Yourself” – Manchester conference

November 19, 2019

Every year Greater Manchester Police supports a nominated charity, and this October they sponsored an event on behalf of the Windmill Fundraising Campaign at the Hough End Conference Centre.   Proceeds from the event were divided between the Christie Cancer Hospital and Research into Spinal Cancers Dept of Neurosurgery atRead More

Alcohol Awareness Week

November 19, 2019

Alcohol plays a role in many of our lives, even if we don’t realise it. But by making even small changes to our drinking behaviour we can become healthier and happier and reduce our risk for many serious health conditions including cancer, mental health problems, and liver disease.​   ThisRead More

Every Mind Matters campaign

November 19, 2019

If you haven’t heard already, Public Health England has launched ‘Every Mind Matters’, the first national NHS mental health campaign.   We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, justRead More

How To Improve the Awareness of Your EAP?

November 7, 2019

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) are an investment in the wellbeing of your people and maximising the awareness of your scheme is central to making sure the best return on that outlay is achieved.   Stat on ROI of EAP Despite this, only 3-5% of the average workforce access their programmeRead More

Strategies for dealing with workplace anxiety

November 1, 2019

Do you feel work life is resulting in anxiety, leaving you feeling stressed and drained at the end of the day? It’s reported that deadlines and dealing with difficult people and conflict within the workplace are the biggest causes of work-related stress. Anxiety in the workplace can result in peopleRead More

Cultivating Workplace Happiness

November 1, 2019

At CiC, we believe that every day we should cultivate happiness within the workplace. When you boost happiness at work you will see employee engagement rocket. Simply, a happy workforce is a productive one!   Did you know that happy employees outperform competitors by 20%, with 37% of ‘happy’ salespeopleRead More

Cancer in the Workplace – Advice for Managers

November 1, 2019

The associated harsh realities of the big C aren’t something we often like to spend our time thinking about, however, by 2020 nearly half of the population will get cancer during their lifetime. Whether that affects you, a family member, friend or colleague, it is important to be aware ofRead More

Employee Mental Health: 2019 In Summary

August 20, 2019

A review of the conversations about employee mental health so far in 2019, and how CiC have been participating! Employee mental health is a topic of growing concern within the business community. From employers to employees, people are more aware than ever, the impact work-life can have on your mentalRead More

Rethinking Attitudes towards Workplace Mental Health

May 13, 2019

  Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is Monday 13 – Sunday 19 May. This year we’re encouraging our customers to  rethink their attitude towards mental health in the workplace. Mental health conditions, work and the workplace In the UK, one in four people will have a mental health problem atRead More

Sleep Matters: The Impact Of Sleep On Health & Wellbeing

March 29, 2019

We’ve all suffered from lack of sleep from time to time. Getting less than our required 40 winks can leave us feeling tired, groggy, and just a little bit irritable. According to NHS statistics, one in 3 of us suffer from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work homeRead More

Critical Incident Support: How Best To Support Employees Following an Incident

February 25, 2019

  Trauma can strike organisations in many different ways. From natural disasters, workplace accidents involving fatalities, the death of a member of staff outside of work, to news of a restructuring or redundancy programme. These critical situations can have a devastating impact both on individuals, their teams and their families.Read More

The Importance of Kindness in the Workplace

February 18, 2019

A little kindness can go a long way. 17th February – 22nd February is Random Acts of Kindness Week, a time where it’s even more encouraged to do something nice for someone else (or yourself!). The winter months can be hard for a lot of people. With dark evening, gloomyRead More

How To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle In The Workplace

January 30, 2019

Employees spend a large proportion of their day to day life in the workplace, so employers have a responsibility to influence a number of aspects of employee health and lifestyle, from their eating habits, to the amount of physical activity they are or are not subjected to, the environment andRead More

Why It’s Okay for Leaders to Feel Vulnerable

January 28, 2019

Working in a leadership role can often leave senior employees feeling stressed and over-whelmed as they balance the needs of their employees and the responsibilities of the position. However, whilst employees are able to come to go those above them, or to their peers, share their workplace issues, those inRead More

Blue Monday: Addressing Depression in the Workplace

January 14, 2019

We’re a few weeks into the New Year, and, for some employees, the ‘January Blues’ may be beginning to kick in. However, don’t fear, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this. Blue Monday, more commonly the “most depressing day of the year”, is the name given to a day inRead More

New Years’ Resolutions for Managers

December 17, 2018

With Christmas a matter of weeks away, no doubt many of us are thinking about what we would like to achieve or address in the New Year. While personally, we may resolve to get fitter; be more organised; eat more healthily; or learn a new skill – why reserve NewRead More

Keeping Employees Motivated in December

December 14, 2018

It doesn’t matter what industry you work in; how big your workforce is; or whether you work in a team of Scrooge’s or Christmas fanatics – December is always full of distractions. As an employer, this can be a difficult balancing act; no good manager wants to negatively affect employeeRead More

Top Ten Reasons to Use Mediation

November 27, 2018

No matter how successful a team or organisation, when working closely together, difficulties in communication are inevitable. Differing beliefs, values, goals and life experiences can all contribute to misunderstandings which, in turn, can escalate into something much more difficult to deal with. With ever-changing working environments, increased presenteeism and diminishedRead More

Benefits of a Peer Support Programme

November 21, 2018

As an employer, there are multiple steps you can take and programmes you can implement to support your employees at work. If you are looking for a great way to complement your EAP, support for managers or other specialist employee wellbeing services, why not consider implementing a workplace Peer SupportRead More

How to Encourage and Support Positive Teamwork

November 20, 2018

Creativity, innovation and productivity are all increased when people work as a team. As well as having a positive impact on your business’ success, when your staff work as a team, it is likely that your employees will experience a greater level of job satisfaction, further motivating your workforce. It’sRead More

How To Take the Stress Out of Your Employees’ Monday Mornings

November 12, 2018

Many modern workers feel stressed about their job, with triggers including monotonous tasks; lack of variety; long or unsociable hours and heavy workloads. Here at CiC, we often discuss broadly how to reduce stress in your organisation, but what about the smaller everyday (or every Monday…) stresses? Most 9-5 workersRead More

Recognising the Need for Workplace Mediation

November 6, 2018

Did you know that poorly managed workplace conflict is costing businesses around £24 billion every year? Lately, we’ve been discussing how much of an impact the right workplace mediation services can have on your business. Disagreements, clashes of opinion, ‘creative differences’ – or even full blown arguments – are aRead More

Movember and Men’s Health

October 31, 2018

It’s that time of the year again. We don’t mean the clocks going back and everything becoming all dark and horrible…it is the time of year when men are seen sporting a permanent five o’clock shadow leading up to something bigger, some sort of fancy facial hair arrangement…all in theRead More

How To Support Your Employee Through Their Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

October 25, 2018

This week, the clocks change from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), in order to ‘fall back’ into autumn. The nights have slowly been drawing in for a while now and, though most of us may revel in the extra hour in bed on Monday morning, approximatelyRead More

What is the ROI of Your EAP?

October 16, 2018

As with any business decision, when looking into introducing an employee assistance programme (EAP) to your workplace, we know that ROI is going to be at the top of your mind. Since their inception nearly 100 years ago, EAPs have transformed. From limited programs aiming to rehabilitate employees with alcoholRead More

Breaking the Silence Surrounding Mental Health in the Workplace

September 26, 2018

Statistics show that one in four people in the UK will experience mental health problems at some point. How does that percentage reflect on your workforce? Is it six employees? Ten? One hundred? One thousand? Research from Mind, strongly supports the notion that the stigmas and taboos that still existRead More

Supporting Your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing: Employer Duty of Care

September 17, 2018

As an employer, it is your Duty of Care to ensure that your staff can work safely and healthily. However, all too often, when we think of an employer’s Duty of Care, we think of the typical workplace health and safety requirements and sick leave for physical illness and injury.Read More

Workplace Mediation: Outsource or In-house?

August 31, 2018

HR is often the first port of call when a line manager has a ‘people problem’ they need resolving.  You’re probably familiar with the following scenario – Bob gives you a call to say two of his team, Jane and Jackie haven’t been getting on for a while and lastRead More

Reducing Stress in Your Organisation

August 31, 2018

Beyond the enormously damaging effect on individual health, the business cost of a stressed workforce is huge: When individuals experience high levels of stress and burn out, the business takes a hit creatively and financially. Stressed staff means more sick leave, and greater staff turnover. But more than that, whenRead More

5 Reasons Your Organisation Needs An EAP

July 31, 2018

  It’s important to ensure the workplace is a healthy environment where employee wellbeing is at the heart of your business culture, and an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is your secret weapon.   We understand that life is difficult, anxiety trauma, substance abuse and sleeplessness all exist, in turn causingRead More

Is Your Workplace Toxic?

July 31, 2018

It is likely most people reading this have “done time” in a toxic workplace. You may still be working in one.   Toxic workplaces are the enemy of creativity, inspiration, productivity, health, confidence and good behaviour. There are many contributing factors. Essential to recognising that your workplace may indeed be toxic or heading in that direction,Read More

6 Ways EAPs Contribute To Employer Health & Wellness Initiatives

July 31, 2018

  The business community is developing a variety of interventions that are designed to improve employee wellbeing and productivity while controlling their health care costs. Employers are well-positioned to positively influence employee wellbeing and behavioural choices with a wide array of tools including: financial incentives to reward positive health behaviours,Read More

Making The Most Of Your EAP Benefits

June 26, 2018

  Making your Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) a well-used and indispensable resource for your employees will not happen automatically. You have to promote the benefits, ease of use, and how your company is helping employees manage their lives better. Sounds easy, but how do you do it? Consider the followingRead More

Improving Wellbeing at Work

June 25, 2018

Three in five employees have experienced mental health issues in the past year because of work, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by the charity ‘Business in the Community’. So what steps can be taken to improve wellbeing at work? Triggers: Working out what triggers stress or poor mental healthRead More

You Can’t Pour from an Empty Jug

June 14, 2018

A lesson learnt the hard way – you can’t pour from an empty jug. In this blog post, Ian Braid, Founder and MD of DOCIAsport shares his story from leaving his role of CEO at the British Athletes Commission after 5 years of vicarious trauma, to finding his path to recovery: ItRead More

How To Support Bereaved Employees

May 31, 2018

Bereavement is always a shock, especially if the death is unexpected or violent. Yet our society does little to prepare us for it. Some people appear to take grief in their stride. For others, however, the death of a loved one can come as a devastating blow. Whatever the response,Read More

Managing the Stress of Workplace Woes

May 7, 2018

Over time, our relationship with our job changes and unforeseen challenges can arise. What happens when your employees start to experience work place struggles such as: excessive workloads, feeling burned out, lack of support in the workplace, hostile and toxic work environments, bullying or hitting a wall in personal development?Read More

Giving Your Employees a Health MOT

May 1, 2018

‘The shape and content of work and individual health and well-being are strongly related. For the benefit for firms, workers and the public interest we need to develop a more proactive approach to workplace health’  (Good Work. The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’, July 2017) There is plenty ofRead More

Manage Workplace Stress with Mindfulness

April 20, 2018

A More Mindful You The art of mindfulness is all about staying centered on yourself. Knowing who you are and staying true to that will naturally keep your mind and body in balance and harmony, both at home and at work. If ever you find yourself slipping off track, youRead More

Jurors Serving in Trials in the UK are Currently Getting Insufficient Support

April 5, 2018

Are you aware that jurors serving in trials in the UK are currently getting insufficient support? Kate Nowlan, CiC’s CEO, was recently featured in the national news as an expert on trauma consulted for a story on the potential traumatic stress experienced by individuals on a jury. The story focussedRead More

6 Tips for Lifting Employee Morale

March 28, 2018

Office morale is a very important feature of any workplace. Low morale can have a negative impact on productivity in the workplace whilst high morale can keep employees productive and fulfilled in their work. Here are a few tips on how an organisation can boost morale in the work placeRead More

7 Tips on Avoiding the Post-Lunchtime Slump

March 26, 2018

It’s completely natural to feel tired in the afternoon but not everyone experiences it with equal intensity. Circadian rhythms, which affect our “sleep signals” peak during the afternoon causing some of us to feel sleepy. Other factors, such as what we eat, hydration levels, and how much time we spendRead More

How to Combat Workplace Stress in your Team

March 12, 2018

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’“ – Eckhart Tolle “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris   Start with Yourself Often at work, we overstretch to fulfill our own or others’ expectations of us, and this can causeRead More

Reach Your Full Potential in 2018 with CiC’s Coaching

February 12, 2018

What is Coaching? Coaching is a relatively recent phenomenon, first gaining popularity some 40 or so years ago, and interest in the field still continuing to grow. As coaching has come to find its niche somewhere in the space between counselling and mentoring, its distinct approach has become increasingly acknowledgedRead More

How to Promote Healthy Living in the Workplace

February 1, 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO, 1948) defines health as “more than an absence of illness – rather a feeling of physical, emotional and psychological wellness”. Applying a holistic approach to the physical and mental health of employees benefits the individual, the team and the organisation. With ever increasing demands inRead More

Five Things All Good Managers Should Know

January 25, 2018

There are numerous things that managers should or could be doing, depending on the industry, seniority, and staff involved. How you approach your management style will depend on your own personality and strengths. As management courses and leadership training will tell you, there is no magic formula to work towards,Read More

Four New Year’s Resolutions to Make Your Work Life Healthier

December 27, 2017

With the end of the holiday season comes the start of the New Year. Whilst most of us set ourselves New Year’s resolutions for our personal lives, we can forget to make changes to our professional lives. Here are four New Year’s resolutions to make your work life healthier. BeRead More

Stretch Out & Relieve Stress with these Desk Yoga Poses

December 21, 2017

While your downward dog, scorpion, humble warrior and turquoise spider-woman might not be quite right for the office, there are still plenty of simple yoga poses you can do at your desk, to relax and have a good old stretch. If you’ve been hitting the keyboard and the mouse aRead More

The Benefits of Workplace Mediation

December 15, 2017

Conflict is a part of life, and it embraces any situation where we meet obstacles in achieving everything we want. Conflict does not always arrive by choice, but we do have choices as to how to deal with it. No matter how successful a team or organisation, difficulties in communicationRead More

Who is Responsible For Ensuring Good Mental Health in the Workplace?

November 29, 2017

As highlighted in our recent article on workplace mental health, poor mental health is costing employers between £33 billion and £42 billion every year, with the total impact on the UK economy ranging from £74 billion to £99 billion. It is therefore no surprise that businesses of all sizes performRead More

How Much Does Poor Mental Health Cost Your Business?

November 24, 2017

Around the world, approximately 450 million people currently suffer from mental health conditions, with 25% of the global population being directly affected by mental health issues at some point during their lifetime. Despite poor mental health being one of the leading causes of illness and sick leave worldwide, many employersRead More

Dealing with Claims of Bullying in the Workplace

November 14, 2017

For Anti-Bullying Week, we explore the most effective ways of tackling claims of bullying Its common sense that as employers, we need to provide our staff with as safe a physical working environment as possible. However, we can sometimes overlook that our legal duty of care extends to the mentalRead More

Managing Stress in the Workplace

October 20, 2017

Stress, although not a diagnosable medical condition, is a major part of many mental health problems. The sources of stress can lead to long term health problems and absences from the workplace. Employers have a responsibility to support staff and manage stress in the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive’sRead More

Mental Health, Stress and Well-being

October 7, 2017

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It is tied irrevocably to our general well-being Most things in life affect how much pressure we feel –Read More

Why Employee Counselling Aids both Employers and Employees

September 28, 2017

Providing counselling for your employees is undeniably a nice thing to offer. You may, however, be wondering what the benefits of offering employee counselling are and why an employer might get involved in such a thing in the first place. Counselling for your employees, organised through an employee assistance programme,Read More

Responding to Workplace Trauma

September 18, 2017

Workplace trauma is a difficult thing to prepare for; by its very nature it is unpredictable and varied. The response by an organisation to workplace trauma is important in order to contain, heal and prevent further traumatisation. Workplace trauma affects individuals, teams and organisations as a whole. Traumatised staff areRead More

Dealing With Anxiety At Work

September 7, 2017

Having an anxiety disorder can have a major impact on workplace productivity and wellbeing. However, anxiety and stress affect us all and an understanding of their effects can help to build resilience to minimise the impact on our work and home life. Anxiety, if left unattended, can become persistent andRead More

What Makes a Happy Workplace?

August 16, 2017

A happy workplace is usually a productive, flexible and resilient workplace. However, a happy workplace can often be a difficult thing to measure and manage. What creates a happy environment for one of us may cause difficulty or stress for someone else. It is for this reason that autonomy topsRead More

Healthy Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace

August 11, 2017

Effectiveness at work is has strong links to mental health and wellbeing; research has found that employers can see a 10% increase in performance by prioritising employee engagement and wellbeing. Mental wellbeing at work is not isolated from wellbeing at home and vice versa. Being healthy and happy in oneRead More

Achieving the Perfect Work-Life Balance

August 3, 2017

Having a positive work/life balance can feel like a near impossible aim, we can also feel powerless when attempting to shift this balance. Today’s working environment is often focussed on giving more of ourselves and we can feel that our lives outside of work are not taken into account –Read More

Why adding an EAP makes you an Employer of Choice

June 26, 2017

Why adding an EAP makes you an Employer of Choice Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to have worked with a number of employers who have all offered a workplace environment that has believed in the importance of employee wellbeing; investing in providing help and support for employeesRead More

8 Benefits of an Employee Assistance Programme

June 26, 2017

8 Benefits of an Employee Assistance Programme Employee Assistance Programmes (or EAPs) are used by all types of business, from small to large multinationals in all sectors. Latest figures indicate that half of UK employees are supported by EAPs. This follows a growth of around 69 percent in EAPs sinceRead More

Support for Managers in Managing Employee Mental Health

June 12, 2017

Introduction “Workplaces are amongst the institutions that contribute to, and impact on, our mental health throughout our lives.” (ACAS Research Paper, 2016) Many workplaces have recognised the benefits of supporting employee health and wellbeing; common initiatives include fruit for the office and discounted gym membership. Whilst these gestures convey valuesRead More

Stay Fresh at Work: Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

May 17, 2017

What is Sleep? Sleep is a vital, natural state of rest that gives the body and brain time off to restore and heal. It is crucial for concentration, memory and coordination. Sleep is also important for employee wellbeing though, unfortunately, is often the first thing we lose when stressed atRead More

Critical Incident & Trauma Support for Employees

May 8, 2017

Critical and traumatic incidents are, by their very nature, unpredictable and in most cases unavoidable. As a business, it is important to understand the powerful impact they can have on your personnel and their families and have plans in place to allow you to react appropriately and protect your organisation.Read More

Employee Retention & The High Cost of Unhappy Employees

May 1, 2017

Undoubtedly, it makes good business sense to maintain and retain happy, satisfied employees by creating a positive working culture where people can do their best work. As well as the obvious costs such as recruitment efforts to replace employees who leave, there are many indirect ways that having unhappy workersRead More

The Benefits of Massage in the Workplace

April 24, 2017

Many people have a good understanding of the benefits of massage. From relieving the physical discomfort created by an overtight muscle, to increasing the flow of blood and lymph to the brain and other organs, to the simple but powerful effect of being cared for, massages from 10 to 180Read More