It is often said we are victims of our own success. Modern life, driven by technological advances, may be more comfortable and convenient than it was a few decades ago but in many ways these changes have also had a negative impact. We are always online now because it’s difficult to ‘switch off’ with laptops, tablets and smartphones never more than an arm’s length away. Our diets are inundated with sugar, fat and additives to make food more convenient and exercise and fitness is harder to fit into our increasingly sedentary lives.
In the workplace perceptions of health and wellbeing have changed little over the past few years. ORC International’s annual global Perspectives survey has shown that in the UK, only 51% of employees believe their employer cares about their health and wellbeing and the Labour Force Survey shows that the total number of working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety was 11.3 million in 2013/14, little change from previous years. Read more here.