…in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article …in briefOn 16 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefCost of long hours People who work more than 60 hours a week and miss sleep are far more likelyto have a heart attack, new research published in Occupational and EnvironmentalMedicine journal claims. Japanese researchers and experts from London’s Guy’sand St Thomas’ NHS Trust found men working more than 60 hours a week had doublethe risk of heart attack than men working 40 hours or less.  www.acoem.orgCouncil staff strike Unison says workers at more than 400 UK councils will strike on 17 Julyunless a pay offer of 3 per cent is doubled. The one-day strike will affecteducation, social services, residential and home care, environmental health,housing, planning, refuse collection, catering and cleaning. Unison saidindustrial action would continue until it received a ‘realistic offer’.  www.unison.org.ukFinancial integrity A new poll has found that Britain’s financial bosses are unwilling to paymore to guarantee the integrity of audits, despite the high profile Enron andWorldCom scandals. More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of financial directorspolled by Reed Executive said they wouldn’t pay more for financial integrity –with 47 per cent definitely unwilling and 23 per cent admitting they wereunlikely to do so.  www.reed.co.ukLack of creativity Employers are stifling workplace creativity by trapping staff in the office andin formal clothing, new research by training consultants Right Track claims.While more than 83 per cent of staff claim that a creative environment leads tobusiness success, just 3 per cent find it easy to be imaginative working at adesk, and 61 per cent said a more liberal dress code would encouragecreativity.  www.rtconsult.co.ukBoost to NHS The number of NHS nurses has risen by 8,000 in the six months to March 2002to 339,000, according to official figures. The Department of Health figuresalso show increases in the number of consultants, GPs, registrars and generalmedical practitioners. The NHS Plan aims to increase the number of doctors by10,000 and nurses by 20,000 by 2005.  www.doh.gov.ukWorkplace stress Nine out of 10 staff suffer from work-based stress due to working longhours, according to research by online travel company Opodo. Two-thirds ofemployees work more than 35 hours a week while almost half regularly workunpaid overtime, the survey claims. Almost six out of 10 staff never take afull lunch break and 55 per cent think about work over the weekend.  www.opodo.co.uklast_img

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