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Karl Simons of Thames Water Interviewed by SHP

The industry publication, Safety & Health Practitioner (SHP) recently caught up with Karl Simons, the Chief Health, Safety & Security Officer at Thames Water.
Thames Water has been a Healthy Performance client for a number of years. In addition to this, Karl has spoken at our recent events at Wembley Stadium and Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
In the interview with SHP, Karl discusses how it’s great that society is promoting mental health and how it is dawning on employers that they need to consider what they are doing for their staff. He then talks about his own experiences at Thames Water and how the company are ratcheting up the profile and visibility of mental health alongside physical health so that their health & wellbeing strategy is equal in both. This is evident in the fact that Thames Water’s work-related illness absence has been reduced by 75% in the last five years.
This is very much in line with our stance on supporting stress, resilience and mental health in the workplace.
Stress is the number one reason for absence from the workplace, and organisations have a legal obligation to protect employees from this. In 2016-17, 49% of all working days were lost, either due to stress, depression and anxiety. Whilst one in five UK workers experienced moderate to high levels of work-related stress several times per week.
With the launch of Pascal, we now enable organisations to gauge levels of pressure and stress like never before. An online audit, Pascal® can measure employee pressure and stress at work and home, in under 10 minutes.
Read the interview with Karl, here.
To find out more about Pascal®, you can do so here.

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