Sutton Coldfield based charity, Salus Fatigue Foundation, held an interactive day with local business professionals on Thursday 25th January.
Attendees spent a fun day being shown how to make positive lifestyle changes to improve their health & wellbeing and ultimately help prevent long-term health conditions.
Known for their work supporting people suffering from ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) the people at Salus Fatigue Foundation also know how critical it is to raise awareness of early intervention if these and similar debilitating conditions are to be prevented. In light of this the charity has received Lottery funding to run a pilot project.
CEO Linda Jones explains:
“We have been extremely fortunate in our bid for additional Lottery funding to run a pilot project for local business professionals. Over the years we have seen so many professional people reach complete burn out. We wanted to make a positive direct impact on people’s lifestyles and we were delighted during our event to see that participants were making changes.
“At Salus we recognise the impact and pressures that modern life has, both inside and outside work, and the importance of wellbeing in the workplace in the prevention of long term mental health or fatigue related conditions. We know that creating a positive healthy environment in which to work is key to productivity as well employee retention and happiness.
“We had a wonderful day at the Ramada Hotel working together with business professionals and our Salus Team. The day was designed to specifically help individual employees understand some of the underlying causes of stress, healthy eating ideas, relaxation strategies within the workplace. We also provided simple ideas and resources that are easy to implement in a busy life; small changes that will improve overall health and wellbeing and have a positive impact both inside and outside the workplace.”
How does work-related stress affect your organisation?
The latest information from the Labour Force Survey shows:
- Nearly 26 million working days were lost in one year due to self-reported work-related illness and this accounts for 37% of work-related ill health;
- STRESS – DEPRESSION – ANXIETY accounted for 45% of these lost days with an average of 24 days lost per case.
How much does this cost your organisation?
- Those most at risk of developing work-related stress are in professional, technical, or administrative occupations.
- The main industry groups affected are Health and Human Services, Education, and Public Admin and Defence.
How can you help your employees feel more balanced and in control of their health?
There is an increased focus on employers’ duty of care to offer a more proactive wellbeing support. By investing in your employees, with one day out of the workplace to focus on themselves, they will not only have the opportunity and tools to improve their health and wellbeing but will feel happier and more productive overall. A solid return on investment!
The Labour Force Survey is a survey of households living at private addresses in the UK. Its purpose is to provide information on the UK labour market which can then be used to develop, manage, evaluate and report on labour market policies. The survey is managed by the Office for National Statistics in Great Britain and by the Central Survey Unit of the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETINI).
For more about Salus Fatigue Foundation visit their website where you will also find information on ME and CFS https://www.salus.org.uk