Menopause: raising awareness in the workplace

5 November 2021

Treating women as equal to men does not mean treating the two sexes the same. Women are different biologically and this may need to be taken into account at work. Gordon Tranter investigates how the menopause can affect women’s health in the workplace and suggests how employers can provide support to enable women to continue to work comfortably and productively during this time.

Crime prevention through environmental design

4 November 2021

Many businesses are blighted by criminal acts. One possible strategy for countering criminal activity is crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). Mike Sopp examines a new international standard on CPTED and its implications.

COP26 — the challenges ahead

2 November 2021

After a 12-month delay due to the Covid pandemic, COP26 finally got underway at the weekend. Hosted by the UK and Italy, world leaders and climate negotiators gathering in Glasgow have just two weeks to thrash out an agreement for what many believe to be the last chance to save the planet from the irreversible consequences of climate change. But, as John Barwise explains, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change, remains the biggest challenge.

The latest in domestic abuse legislation and the vital role of healthcare services

2 November 2021

The Home Office has called domestic abuse a “high-volume and high-harm crime” in the UK. Healthcare services have an active role in supporting survivors of domestic abuse, primarily through treating the physical and mental harm it causes. But those involved in setting policy and legislation for this form of violence against women and girls agree that the healthcare system is also an effective environment in which to identify survivors.

Reducing the risk of burnout

29 October 2021

The prolonged challenges of the past 18 months mean the number of burnout cases is still on the rise. How can you spot the signs? And as an employer or manager, what can you do to prevent burnout? Lizzie Broadbent suggests some practical steps to reduce the risk.

The top 5 workplace stresses faced by employees in 2021

28 October 2021

From feeling overwhelmed to trouble sleeping, a lack of self-confidence and using drugs or alcohol to cope — there are a myriad of ways stress can impact daily life. Long-term stress can lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, also known as burnout. And burnout can lead to serious health implications later down the line.

Don’t let the dust settle

27 October 2021

Laura King asks why dust is still a problem in the construction industry and what needs to be done to prevent it.