Newsletter Issue 45 Late Summer 08

Newsletter Issue 45 Late Summer 08

Posted by Ellie McLavin

Welcome to our late summer edition of “In Equilibrium“.

Although we have had plenty to cheer about with the Olympics, our weather has left a lot to be desired. So, in this edition we have done our best to make you feel a little more summery as we have some hot news about our website;a stress tip sure to leave a warm glow; have a fascinating article from GlaxoSmithKline describing the development of their Healthy-High Performance Programme which can in no way be described as dry; and you’ll be glad to hear that we didn’t experience too much high pressure in getting all our regular features ready.

We hope you will find a few minutes to read this edition and wish you what we hope will be a happy Indian Summer.


In Equilibrium News

Chair announced for our 2008 Conference

We are delighted to announce that our 2008 conference entitled Workplace Stress, Resilience and Well-being on Thursday 20th November, will be chaired by Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of The Mental Health Foundation. His introduction will ask, Why Manage Stress and Well-being at Work?

The main objective of the conference is to enable delegates to learn from the experience of organisations from the private and public sectors who have introduced employee support programmes to build a healthier and more resilient culture. With a quality line-up of distinguished speakers, this will be your opportunity to quiz the specialists.

New Website to be launched

We would like to share the news with you that we are currently re-vamping our website. It is a large project which is almost completed and we are elated with the results. Our aim was to provide the maximum amount of information and resources within a clear, readable format. We plan to go live at the beginning of September and will be delighted to receive your feedback. Our address remains the same

New Case Study Available

We have recently been working with a large multi-national company who were concerned for the health and well-being of an operational team with the responsibility of issuing work permits to sub-contractors.

Stress Management Tip

Our tip this month suggests you look to your music collection to help ease tension.

Guest Article

Sustaining Healthy-High Performance Through a Global Resilience and Energy Portfolio

We are very grateful to Dr Adrian Chojnacki and his colleagues at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for allowing us to reproduce this paper.

It describes how GSK challenged the traditional occupational health function by recognising the link between health and business performance. Through the inspiring mission of the company which states, to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer, they developed their Healthy-High Performance programme. The testimonials received from participants and the results of their outcome study of the most recent initiative, entitled Energy for Performance, are outstanding. 

If you would like to hear Dr Adrian Chojnacki talk about Sustaining Healthy-High Performance, we are delighted to welcome him as one of the speakers at our Workplace Stress, Well-being and Resilience Conference on 20 November 2008. 



We found the following websites interesting:


If, like us, you keep trying your best to consume your 5 portions of fruit and veg every day but have no idea what constitutes a portion, help is at hand. This page on the NHS website details the necessary amount you are required to consume in order to have eaten a portion. View the page here 5 A Day portion sizes – NHS (

A site which is a little like a fun encyclopaedia on the web. It has various categories from animals to money with science, geography and many others in between. Each section has a features spot where they tell you weird and wonderful facts about the subject. There is also a Did You Know? board and quick quizzes on many different subjects to test your knowledge (or, for certain subjects, to show you how much you have forgotten since your schooldays!).

Amanda’s Column

With another 7 week long school summer holiday under her belt, Amanda reflects on this annual tug of war period in parents lives.

Stress in the News

Can good work keep employees healthy? Evidence from across the EU

The latest study by The Work Foundation examines the implications of the knowledge economy on workers wellbeing across the EU and in the UK. They wanted to assess if the increasing levels of stress at work may be linked to the growth of knowledge work and, if this proved to be the case, whether certain indicators of job quality increased or lessened workers stress levels.

Working from home reduces stress

Recent research led by Durham Business School has shown that office workers stress is reduced by working from home but it also leads to fears about career advancement.

Beating stress with joined up thinking on brain function

Bruce McEwen, a researcher at Rockefeller University in New York, explains how the brain is the key organ in our response to the different categories of stress and looks into how both public and private sector policies may have a positive impact on health.—


Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.

Ed Cunningham,

Athlete (1969 – )

Your neighbours vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for you.

Miguel de Unamuno,

Spanish poet, playwright & philosopher (1864 – 1936)

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!