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        Official magazine of

                                         n independent review of staff
        The Institution of Occupational Safety
        professional body for people responsible  A wellbeing at human rights group
        and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading
        for safety and health in the workplace.
                                   Amnesty International made the
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        Acting editor              emerged that its working environment
        Nick Warburton +44 (0) 20 8401 1804  was often described as “toxic” (p 9).
        Acting deputy editor
        Keeley Downey +44 (0) 20 8401 1809
                                   The damning report, which was       noting: “No line manager wants to ruin
        Web editor and online project coordinator
        Wendy Smith +44 (0) 20 8212 1973  commissioned after two staff took their   people’s health, but they lack the skills.”   own lives last year, has threatened to   See IOSH Magazine, January 2019
        Advertising                seriously damage Amnesty’s credibility   (
        Dale Burrett, Joseph Doherty,    after it highlighted multiple cases of   As Dr Carolyn Yeoman, operations
        Dywayne Ramsundar, Navdeep Rana   management using bullying and public   director at OCAID Wellbeing, pointed out
                                   humiliation to belittle staff. Perhaps not   at the health and wellbeing round table
        Design and technology manager
        Elliott Tompkins           surprisingly, employee feedback has   reported in this issue, part of the problem  highlighted a severe lack of trust in senior   is that senior managers often identify
        Senior designer            figures, with management culture and   individual employees who have excelled
        Jack Witherden             heavy workloads both contributing to the   in their field and promote them into a line  top five reported sources of stress.   manager role (p 39). What they forget is to
        Advertisement production     As the report acknowledges, Amnesty   equip that individual with the emotional
        John Woffenden +44 (0) 20 8212 1935  International’s “ambitious human   intelligence and resilience to manage
                                   rights mission naturally carries with it   difficult conversations.
        Marketing manager          considerable and unusual pressures”   Our round table also touched on how
        Rakhee Patel  and this probably goes part-way towards   employers could measure the return on
                                   explaining the exceptional levels of stress   investment from health and wellbeing
        Jonathan Scriven           reported. But what the case also illustrates   interventions. With chief executives  is that even the most virtuous employers   having to justify spending during times
        LexisNexis aims to provide authoritative and accurate   can make their people ill through putting   of economic uncertainty, making a strong
        information at all times. Its publications are, however,   unrealistic pressures on them and failing   business case for supporting staff wellbeing
        for guidance only and are not an official information
        source. All rights reserved. No part of this publication   to install an adequate safety net when they   has never been more critical. Readers may
        may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or   can’t cope. In fact, it emerged that Amnesty   be heartened to learn about a new calculator
        transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,   lacked a comprehensive and integrated   (p 44) that helps to quantify the financial
        mechanical or otherwise, without the prior written
        consent of the publisher and editor.  approach to supporting staff wellbeing.  impact of a workplace health intervention.
        For any queries regarding late deliveries/   Despite this, many staff reported having   It would be remiss of me at this point
        non-receipt please direct to Derek Waters,    a good relationship with their individual   not to thank Louis Wustemann for his
        Magazine distribution administrator    line manager. Some were highly regarded   excellent stewardship of IOSH Magazine
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        ISSN 2396-7447    © IOSH 2019  for their compassion and attention   from its inception in 2016. As a former
                   IOSH Magazine is printed    to wellbeing and several had shown a   editor of SHP, I intend to maintain the
                   by ISO 14001 certified   flexibility that had contributed significantly   superb blueprint that he created for this
                   printers on 50% recycled
                   paper stock and despatched   to employee wellbeing.   publication, albeit with some minor
                   in oxo degradable polywrap
                   Printed by William Gibbons    This is a positive story to tell because   amends, one of which will be to share this
                   & Sons Ltd. Willenhall,    too often the role of line managers can be   comment every other month with IOSH’s
                   West Midlands.
                                   negatively framed. Tony Vickers-Byrne,   president, Dr Vincent Ho. I hope you enjoy
                                   chief adviser, HR practice, at the Chartered   this issue and I welcome your comments.
                                   Institute of Personnel and Development,
                                   made an important point at an IOSH-  Nick Warburton
                                   convened summit on mental health,    Acting editor
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