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Karl holds the post of Executive Director & Chief Customer Officer at FYLD and is a Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of the global organisation ‘Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor’.He has over 30 years of employment experience, having worked internationally across all continents and in numerous safety critical industries including oil, gas, minerals, rail, roads, construction and utilities.Karl is an Electrical & Mechanical Engineer, with a background in HM Armed Forces and has served in multiple conflicts. He holds a Post Graduate master’s degree in environmental management, safety & health, is a Chartered Occupational Safety & Health Practitioner, member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Society of Leadership Fellows at Windsor Castle.Karl’s advice is regularly sought by Government and is an Adviser to the Cabinet Office. He is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a technical adviser for Film Studios.In 2020 Karl was awarded an OBE by HM the Queen for Services to Mental Health Policy and in 2019 was voted ‘The Most Influential Person in Health & Safety’ by the 600,000 global readers of SHP.
June 9, 2022

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Measuring wellbeing for organisations

On 30 June 2022, at the British Telecommunications HQ in London, The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work will unveil the research undertaken with its members, in regards to measuring wellbeing within the workplace. Here, Karl Simons OBE outlines why you don’t want to miss out… 

The forum, which includes senior representatives from Government, Health, academia and multiple sectors of Industry, was formed circa five years ago and has been working continuously to bring together leading experts to discuss topical issues facing business and society today, alongside linking academic research undertaken with those responsible for practical implementation of solutions in the workplace.

Sir Cary Cooper

Chair of the forum Sir Cary Cooper, a professor of organisational psychology at Manchester Business School and renowned expert in his field, will speak alongside members who have overseen the research undertaken. In addition this special event will see members of the forum take part in a live panel debate to discuss this topical subject, sharing their own personal experiences of how they have tackled measuring wellbeing in their workplace.

Spearheading the metrics research programme is Dr Richard Heron, Independent Chief Medical Officer and former VP Health for BP, who will speak at the forum and said: “Successful CEOs and business leaders are intimately familiar with business metrics, profit and loss accounts and financial statements, and as workers we depend on this to keep a job in a going concern. They are also deeply concerned about where to place their investments, they look for a healthy return on them, and they want to be sure they invest in what works!

“But how familiar are they with the factors that increase or decrease the wellbeing accounts of their people? And why should they be just as interested in these as they are in financial measures from an organisational perspective?

“After two years of occupational and social dislocation caused by the SARS COVID-19 pandemic, and continued economic uncertainty from the shadows of global political unrest, we are all interested in what will make us feel better, and what will improve our personal and national economies. Broken promises about what will make us feel better, whether by doctors, political or organisational leaders just erode trust. So how do we rebuild trust, wellbeing and productivity?

“The evidence is increasingly clear that when leaders genuinely care about worker wellbeing, business outcomes of interest are better, whether they be long-term stock price, the ability to attract and retain talent or the robustness of safety and governance approaches. With increasing demands for transparency, how can organisations show this complex relationship to hold true for all stakeholders? What wellbeing interventions work, and how do we know they are making a sustainable difference? These questions and more underpin the work of members of the National Forum for Health & Wellbeing, and are the focus of the team looking at what to measure and track when it comes to personal wellbeing, business performance and economic growth”.

The event will be free to attend virtually, to all across the planet so to hear more about the event. Click here to register to attend virtually.

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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Nigel Dupree
Nigel Dupree
1 year ago

Presenteeism and retention, both issues that go hand in hand with “Wellbeing” it’s just a shame for the 58% of DSE operators carrying-on regardless of self-harming effectively just accepting work-stress, fatigue, eye-strain, eye and headaches, blurred or worse double vision, dizziness, migraine, nausea, WRULD’s and MSK’s normal pre or post COVID in the office or WFH without a “right to disconnect” and anxious of raising issues may make their position even more tenuous and whilst looking no-where to go to escape “yet”. The regulations have been there since 1974, 1998 PUWER Act now reinforced by recent regulations from 2018 UK… Read more »