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This year, “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge” is the theme of the campaign of the World Day for Health and Safety at Work, an International Labour Organisation initiative.
Today, many workers are facing greater pressure to meet the demands of modern working life. Psychosocial risks such as increased competition, higher expectations on performance and longer working hours are contributing to the workplace becoming an ever more stressful environment.
The balance between home and work is a difficult one to achieve and combined with the many work place triggers the levels of stress related illnesses is increasing across all sectors.
Jill Given of Atkins will outline the key issues and highlight some practical actions we can all take to protect the health and well-being of ourselves and others.
You can see Belfast City Council's Take 5 campaign on buses, bus stops and billboards across Belfast. BCC is encouraging everyone to Take 5 steps to wellbeing every day.
The 5 steps to wellbeing are:
For more information, visit the campaign website.
Jill is a Principal Engineer with Atkins Global with over 20 years' experience in the construction industry delivering major projects and providing specialist technical advice in the UK and Europe. She is a Health & Safety Best Practice Advisor within Atkins and has provided support mentoring and guidance both internally and externally to clients on multiple Health, Safety and Wellbeing areas.
Taking time to improve Quality of Life and Self-Wellbeing makes for more fulfilling and productive lives.
Beth formerly worked in middle management (Health Promotion) for the NHS, and is a health and social care lecturer. She is a Fellow of the International Stress Management Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. Beth had her own company for seven years with a remit of being proactive rather than reactive to workplace health and well-being: healthy workforce = healthy business ethos.
Beth currently works for Action Mental Health, delivering workshops within schools and the community in raising mental health awareness through education and empowerment.