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Newsletter 41 March 2008

Welcome to March’s edition of “In Equilibrium“.

Welcome to our Newsletter for the month of March. In this edition we advise you of the date of our next conference; have details of a new specialised stress training course for OH professionals; offer a stress tip designed to help keep life in perspective; and provide a link to an article which suggests that the average British manager works 40 days unpaid overtime each year in order to keep up with their workload. Please read on …

In Equilibrium News

In Equilibrium Conference date confirmed
Our next conference will take place at the CBI Conference Centre in London on Thursday 20th November 2008 and will encompass resilience, stress and well-being. Full details will be included in our next newsletter.

Open Course date set for Specialised Stress Training for OH Professionals
This course has been designed to help occupational health advisors make informed decisions about the risk of stress to their organisation and will run on an open course basis at the Aeonian Training Centre on Tuesday 17th June 2008. It is also available on either an in-house or consultancy basis.

Health @ Work Summit
We are delighted to be working with Symposium Events on the above Summit which will take place in London on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th June 2008. Through the use of innovative case studies, this event aims to assist in establishing clear solutions to the challenges organisations face over the health and well-being of their employees.
Further details about this event are available on the Symposium Events website.

Stress Management training contract with BOC
In Equilibrium has been selected by BOC to provide a Stress Management training programme for all of their managers throughout the UK.  We are providing a tailor-made training programme designed to enable BOC to create a high performance culture based on job satisfaction and a healthy working environment. The training will utilise the latest research on how management behaviour and competences can minimise work-related stress.


Stress Management Tip

This month’s tip comes in the form of an exercise which we hope will help you appreciate the good things in your life .



We found the following websites interesting:

Did you know that 21-26 April is National Stop Snoring Week? So if any of you or yours suffers with, or as a result from this affliction, this website has useful information. It has snore tests to allow you to identify what kind of snorer you are, as well as tests which allow you to ascertain where the snoring is originating.

Plot a Routeis a very clever website for anyone interested in either finding a new route, wanting to work out their average speed over a route, or to find out how far they have walked, jogged or run. You enter your postcode and you can then either plot your route to find out how far you have gone or look at other people’s routes for inspiration. Great for both home and away (it doesn’t stop at just the UK) ” like a human satellite navigation system which you sadly can’t take along to keep you right on your route!”


Stress in the News

Average British manager works the equivalent of 40 days unpaid overtime a year
A survey of 1500 managers carried out by the Chartered Management Institute found that 89% of the managers questioned regularly worked over their contracted hours. The findings show industry, geographical and gender differences. But overall, the UK’s long working hours culture doesn’t appear to be helping either productivity or morale.

Work health balance
The Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, has set out plans to turn Britain’s sick note culture into a well note culture. Official figures show that 9 out of 10 of those on incapacity benefit want to return to work and the Government doesn’t believe that many conditions make long-term unemployment inevitable. In a recent speech on the subject Mr Johnson set out three key steps which the Government and employers must take.

Report highlights rise in work rage
A new survey carried out by employment law firm Peninsula has shown that 4 out of 5 people have lost their temper at work, with more than two thirds saying that verbal abuse and yelling were common in their office.

Healthy Living can add 14 years
A new study based on research involving 20,000 people over a decade has shown that a combination of taking exercise, not drinking too much alcohol, eating enough fruit and vegetables and not smoking can substantially increase your life expectancy.


Amanda’s Column

This month the stresses and strains of a DIY project have taken their toll …


In Equilibrium Consultant Profile

This edition features our consultant Dr Anita Levinson who specialises in training individuals to be aware of and manage their own stress.

To date, she has run such courses for some 20 years accruing much valuable insight into the pressures currently affecting employees in many organisations. Read more about Anita Levinson’s work and career



“Anyone can become angry that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not easy.”
Aristotle, Greek Philosopher (384BC – 322BC)

“Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
Groucho Marx, Comedian & Film Star (1890 – 1977)


Thank you for taking the time to read our Newsletter, we would be delighted to hear from you with any feedback you would like to offer – the good, the bad but hopefully not too much of the ugly!
Dedicated to Managing Stress, Well-being and Performance

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