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International SOS

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International SOS – Heart Health

Did you know that 7.6 million people in the UK are living with heart disease? And around 900,000 people are living with heart failure. Heart and circulatory disease cause a quarter of all deaths in the UK – an average of one every three minutes – and strokes cause around 35,000 deaths in the UK each year and are the biggest cause of severe disability in the UK.

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International SOS: Business travel considerations

As travel – both business and leisure – begins to increase following the pandemic, unfortunately the stresses involved are also increasing.  Planning a trip, which used to be easy, is now much more complex.

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International SOS – Combatting impostor syndrome

Do you ever doubt your skills, talents, or accomplishments, or are you afraid of being exposed as a fraud, despite external evidence of your competence? Have you ever thought “I’ll be found out and they’ll see I don’t deserve this”?

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Chronic disease and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic

We were asked many times during the pandemic to predict what the next six or 12 months had in store – which was almost impossible for us to forecast. Alternatively, we can predict what will be coming in the next twelve months when it comes to chronic disease – otherwise known as non-communicable diseases – which includes conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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Long COVID in the workplace

As we progress through the latter stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has learned to adapt to this challenging virus after two years of social distancing measures, widespread government intervention and vaccines. While most patients suffering from acute COVID-19 recover fully within approximately four weeks, a growing minority of the world’s population is facing what has come to be termed ‘long COVID’.

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International SOS – How to improve male health

We live in an ‘always-on’ world, where professional status, consumerism and the pervasive reach of social media can push us to always want more. While we all face challenges, their effects are not equally felt.

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Effective sickness absence management

Did you know that if an employee is off work for 4-12 weeks, they have between a 10%-40% chance of them being absent for one year? But that’s not all. For those signed off work between six and 12 months, there is a whopping 90% chance of them never returning to any form of work in the foreseeable future.1

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Investing in employee health to offset risk

After consulting with nearly 1,000 risk professionals across 75 countries worldwide and drawing upon insights from the Workforce Resilience Council and International SOS, the results are in.

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The impact of musculoskeletal disorders

During 2020 and the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the UK’s sickness absence rate fell to its lowest level since the Office of National Statistics (ONS) began collecting data in 1995.

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Managing stress to improve mental and physical wellbeing

Stress is a key factor in mental health, affecting people in a variety of physiological ways. Defined as the ‘adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed upon them’ by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), stress – if left unchecked – can lead to damaging physical, mental and emotional problems.

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Emphasising collaboration and staff wellbeing in your crisis response

Crisis management is a crucial aspect in maintaining operational resilience for any modern-day organisation. Effective crisis management ensures an organisation is well-prepared for disruption, able to rapidly respond to and recover from a crisis, and deploys a collaborative approach when absorbing and interpreting information to inform rapid decision-making in high-pressure scenarios.

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Addressing the employee health needs of the future with specialist support

In a recent survey by International SOS, 88% of global health professionals predicted that the health requirements of their organisation would increase in complexity. Mental health support, infectious disease control and regulatory compliance are believed to be the biggest drivers of this, with 74% of all respondents believing that their organisation’s investment in health will increase over the next 10 years.

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Improving awareness and resilience: crisis management gap analysis

It is often said that change is the only constant in life. Change brings with it numerous opportunities to adapt and thrive in the face of new challenges, and the Covid-19 pandemic is the most recent seismic change to have revolutionised working practices the world over.

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It can be risky business being at work

Every year, in all industries, millions of workers suffer from ill health caused or made worse by work. And I’m not just talking about injuries or accidents that are reportable to HSE, but health problems alongside aches and pains that are directly related to your occupation and work environment.

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Getting your workforce in healthy, working order

As many businesses and individuals approach almost a year of working from home, no one could argue that Covid-19 hasn’t created a global shift in the importance of health in the workplace.

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Maintaining corporate wellness remotely

There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed how we work. Over the past year, it has been a constant challenge to balance legislation and safeguard health, safety and wellbeing as personnel were forced to work remotely.

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Looking ahead to a healthier 2021

It’s hard to think that this time last year, at the very start of 2020, we had little idea what was to come and could never have imagined how much our lives would be turned upside down.

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Rocking around the subsea (Christmas) tree

Families across the UK are preparing for a Christmas like no other. With the announcement earlier this month of a ‘Christmas bubble’ –the forming of up to three households, who can stay together from 23 to 27 December, as agreed by all four UK nations, families up and down the country are deciding who to include.