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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sustained challenge of the global coronavirus pandemic has had a transformative impact on the way the energy sector workforce thinks, works and acts.
A new report has highlighted mental health as an increasing concern for the North-sea energy sector’s workforce.
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.
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.
Whether on or offshore, the work and lifestyle of a remote rotational worker is unique. While lucrative for some, it has long been associated with a high impact on mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health is about the way we cope with the different things that are happening in our lives and how things can affect our emotions.
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.
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.
With news of a vaccination providing a glimmer of hope to the world, it is believed that we could be nearing a turning point for the pandemic that has gripped the globe.
International SOS explores how a culture that promotes health and wellbeing will better protect your workforce
The Covid-19 pandemic has been one of the most impactful influences on the global workplace in recent years. Not since the advent of PCs and the introduction of the internet and email have organisations from every sector felt such a dramatic change in the way they work.
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, the signs are all there that we’re heading into winter, whilst also facing a spiralling pandemic.
Organisations have continued to operate safely throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with business leaders adapting to protect the health and safety of their employees both on and offshore.
If Covid-19 has taught the world anything, it is that the power of digital technology to save time and money and improve our lives was not being used to its full advantage.
During this time of reflection, 32 years on from the Piper Alpha disaster, we must not forget the survivors, family and friends of those who lost their lives.
Aberdeen occupational health firm International SOS has seen its fair share of M&A activity over the years.
The minority stake holder in a leading Aberdeen occupational health firm has announced it will take full ownership of the company.
Iqarus, an Aberdeen firm specialising in healthcare services for the energy sector, has teamed up with global medical and travel security risk services company International SOS in a new joint venture.