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People who start to suffer from back pain at work can take some simple steps to ease the problem and prevent it from getting worse, an osteopathy organisation says. Workers can take some self-help measures such as painkillers or exercise if the problem is getting in the way of sleeping, according to the British Osteopathic…

Regular movement and exercise are the best ways for employees who sit at their desk all day to avoid back problems, an osteopath association says. People should walk around their office regularly and have some fresh air and a stroll at lunch time, according to the British Osteopathic Association (BOA). A survey by the US…

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has backed the government’s decision not to put flexible working extension plans on hold. It was thought the extension of the right to request flexible working could be postponed due to the current financial crisis. However, it was not mentioned in the Queen’s speech and the government…

Employees who spend most of their working day sat at a desk are more prone to posture-related problems than those who do not, according to a massage company. Workers are developing problems such as back pain and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) from spending more time at the computer, the On Site Massage Company has said.…

The current economic crisis has led to businesses losing confidence for the future which in turn has produced low recruitment levels, an institute says. Unless the Bank of England cuts interest rates and taxes the situation will not improve, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Research by the organisation shows half…

Frequent communication between bosses and employees is the key to raising spirits in the current economic crisis, a survey by a staffing service company shows. Nearly half of the employers questioned said better communication is the best way to boost low morale in the workplace, according to Accountemps. The research also showed those questioned considered…

A quarter of UK employers plan to make staff redundant over the next year, a study by a professional body shows. Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) reveals 26 per cent of firms have plans to make new or additional redundancies. The survey, in conjunction with management consultancy KPMG, found nearly…

Conflict in the workplace is costing employers billions of pounds every year, according to a new report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the business psychology firm OPP. The study reveals that the average employee spends two hours a week dealing with some form of conflict, which is resulting in £24…

Giving employees feedback on their performance is key to helping them increase their communication and negotiation skills, it has been suggested. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), such skills are often developed through on the job experience and feedback can help to hone them. "Companies are trying to ensure that people…

The British Chambers of Commerce has warned of a significant rise in unemployment as a result of difficult economic circumstances. In its quarterly economic forecast, the body said UK unemployment is likely to increase by 250,000 to 300,000 over the next two to three years. This would take the number of unemployed people to two…

Employers are being warned that the ongoing credit crunch could lead to an increase in mental health problems among their workforce. According to the Shaw Trust, rising fuel prices and fear of job cuts, as well as greater pressure to meet targets at work, could cause an increase stress levels. Stress and anxiety can "act…

Fewer employers are looking to recruit and more are considering making redundancies as the economy continues to slow, a new report shows. According to the latest labour market outlook survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), just 29 per cent of employers plan to recruit more staff during the third quarter of…

Effective rehabilitation programmes provided by employers can help get staff affected by health problems back into work, a new study has found. Research commissioned by work and pensions secretary James Purnell reveals that over 90 per cent of employees with health problems can return to work with proper support from their employer. It also found…

Despite figures showing a rise in unemployment, the UK jobs market is actually in good health, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that unemployment rose by 12,000 in the three months to May, with job vacancies falling by 32,000 between April and…

The government should offer tax breaks to employers offering good-quality rehabilitation services designed to help the long-term sick return to work. This is the view of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which claims such a move would boost the provision of these services. At present they are only offered by 48 per…