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