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FCS Recruitment backs Leeds Mind with fundraising day

FCS Recruitment has hosted a fundraising day in support of the Leeds branch of the mental health charity Mind.

The event, held at the Fuelcard offices in Leeds, involved a day of great fun and copious amounts of fundraising.

FCS Recruitment supports the cause of improving mental health, recognising what a major issue this can be in the workplace. Anxiety, depression and stress can make the working day much harder, harm performance and cause significant damage to personal wellbeing.

Blue Monday

The event was arranged to coincide with Blue Monday, the day when, on average, people feel the gloomiest. The weather is cold, the days dark, the afterglow of Christmas has worn off and the bank balance is low. All these factors contribute to people feeling generally low.

However, instead of having a ‘Blue Monday’, the office went for a multicoloured one! Staff had some fun in the workplace, raised some cash and put a smile on lots of faces.

Staff dressed down, there were cakes on sale, and a competition to guess the number of sweets in the jar. Perhaps most fun of all, there was a chance to put a custard pie in the face of the managers… Suffice to say, there was a long queue for this!

You might think that all this fun would stop much work being done, but that was far from the case. An unprecedented 26 applications were received.

That may also suggest that lots of people fancy a career change to get their new year off to a flier.

While that could be a big boost for those who get new jobs, the underlying causes of mental health issues may remain. That is why the work of charities like Mind is so valuable – and why Fuelcard Services is so keen to support what they do.

Fuel Card Services believes in looking after its employees, which includes a good work-life balance. Find out more about a career with us at www.career4you.co.uk

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Millennials want the right work-life balance over job security

Loving what you do is a major factor to achieving overall happiness. After all, we spend a fair chunk of our waking hours at work.

People choose their jobs and career for many reasons, aside from the juicy pay packet and lucrative benefits package obviously.

However, new research has found that millennials are prioritising work-life balance over job security when applying for work.

Before firing over their CV to a prospective company, a hefty chunk of young people are stopping to think about how their potential new job might affect their personal life.

Out of the 1,000 17 to 23-year-olds surveyed by YouGov, a third of them said work-life balance was the most important factor when selecting a job, second only to pay.

The everyday feel of a company was another biggie too, with work culture ranking as the third most influential factor.

Add to this, the fact that young people aren’t keen on the idea of spending too much time on the road, with daily commute length considered just as important as long-term job security.

Death to ‘job for life’

Many accuse younger generations of job-hopping or a lack of loyalty and the idea of spending the bulk of your working life at one single company is viewed as ludicrous to many millennials.

This idea is backed up by YouGov’s survey and on the whole, young people expect to have between three to five jobs over their lifetime, while one in five of those polled reckon they’ll hold up to ten different roles.

Yep, the traditional ‘job for life’ mentality of previous generations is on the wane.

Two in five said they hoped to be saying bye-bye to their current employer within a year, while only six per cent intended to stay with their current company for more than five years.

Speaking to The Telegraph, which reported these numbers, president of the Confederation of British Industry John Allan called for firms to do more in ensuring young people want to work and stay with them, taking into account work-life balance, fair pay and providing tangible routes to success.

At Fuel Card Services, that is totally the case. We believe in looking after our employees, and that includes a good work-life balance and positive work culture.

Find out more about how a career with Fuel Card Services can deliver the ideal mix for you at www.career4you.co.uk

 

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Movember: What you need to know

The arrival of November means several things.

Halloween is done, so you probably have a wealth of candy to munch through, and Christmas is fast approaching so everything starts to bear a festive ring.

November also means Movember – the time of year when the world discusses men’s mental and physical health, reminding all men of the importance of early detection and increased awareness of good health and wellbeing.

Originally, the campaign urged men to grow a moustache – often to questionable results – in a bid to raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer.

Since setting up in 2003 though, the Movember Foundation has widened its focus and these days leads with the fact that too many men are dying too young.

As well as testicular and prostate cancer, it also highlights mental health and suicide prevention, and by 2030, the group hopes to cut the number of men dying prematurely by a quarter.

Fuel Card Services values the health and wellbeing of its workforce, so naturally, Movember is a time when we are keen to push these positive messages.

Considering how important early detection can be in tackling these three core health concerns, Fuel Card Services has outlined a number of facts and early detection hints.

Prostate cancer

What is it?

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men, occurring in the prostate – a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need little to no treatment, whilst other types can be aggressive and spread quickly.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Usually, early-stage prostate cancer is difficult to detect. Early on, the most effective way of detecting it is usually through a PSA test or screening.

However, later-stage symptoms and signs may include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow or the need to strain to empty the bladder
  • The urge to urinate frequently at night
  • Blood in the urine or seminal fluid
  • New onset of erectile dysfunction
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Discomfort or pain when sitting, caused by an enlarged prostate

How common is prostate cancer?

Roughly one in eight men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, according to Prostate Cancer UK.

Testicular cancer

What is it?

Cancer of the testicle is one of the less common cancers, usually affecting men aged between 15 and 49 years.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • A lump in one testis which may or may not be painful
  • Sharp pain or a dull ache in the lower abdomen or scrotum
  • A feeling often described as ‘heaviness’ in the scrotum
  • Breast enlargement from hormonal effects
  • Lower back pain due to the cancer spreading to the lymph nodes along the back

If testicular cancer spreads to other organs, these symptoms might occur:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood from metastatic spread to the lungs
  • A lump in the neck due to metastases to the lymph nodes

How common is testicular cancer?

Around 2,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year.

Over a lifetime, the risk of developing testicular cancer is roughly one in 200, making it the 16th most common cancer amongst men.

Fortunately, it is highly treatable and usually curable, either through surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation.

Even in cases in which cancer has spread widely, chemotherapy offers a cure rate greater than 80 per cent.

Mental health and suicide prevention

Background

In the UK, three in four suicides are by men, making suicide the biggest cause of death for British men under 35.

Untreated mental health conditions can carry a high risk of suicide amongst men. The distress experienced at these troubled times can distort thinking, making it harder to see possible solutions to problems or to connect with those who can offer support.

Causes of suicide

  • Ongoing stressful situations, such as unemployment, relationship difficulties or health issues
  • Previous family or personal history of mental illness
  • Harmful drug and alcohol use
  • Isolation or loneliness

What can you do?

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm)
Website: www.mind.org.uk

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

YoungMinds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm)
Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Fuel Card Services believes in looking after its employees, which includes a good work-life balance – find out more about a career with us at www.career4you.co.uk

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FUEL CARD SERVICES RETAINS HIGH RATING FOR QUALITY, ENVIRONMENT, AND ENERGY

Fuel Card Services, the UK’s leading provider of cost-effective solutions for making fleet management easier, is proud to announce yet another successful external audit.

The company has once again maintained three key certifications: ISO9001:2015 Quality, ISO14001:2015 Environmental, and ISO50001:2011 Energy.

The auditors were “extremely impressed” with the company, the Information Management System (IMS), and the active contribution made by all staff.

A winning team

Fuel Card Services’ Managing Director, Denise Frost, congratulated the IMS team saying, “We would like to say thank you to all of those who were ready and willing to participate in the audit, including Management Systems Co-ordinator Jennifer Mason.”

Denise added that “A special mention needs to go to Ammar Tahir who joined the company in April and has worked incredibly hard to learn the Management System and all of its associated tasks, whilst ensuring all of the documentation was up to date for the audit.”

Committed to quality

Although Fuel Card Services secures its ISOs every year, Denise was quick to confirm the company’s success is down to staying committed to quality – not just in IMS but across all departments.

“The reason we achieved certification was due to the hard work and assistance of personnel all year round,” Denise said. “By holding these certifications, it tells our customers we are committed to their satisfaction as much as to our environmental responsibilities.”

Going the extra mile

Fuel Card Services also helps fleet managers stay up-to-date with essential news through their Fleet Matters publication, enables fleets to become more sustainable with The Green Journey website and news updates, and is a proud supporter of the Cool Earth initiative.

Denise Frost, M.D. Fuel Card Services

Fuel Card Services believes in looking after its employees, which includes a good work life balance, find out more about a career with us at www.career4you.co.uk

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Stressed CEOs are compromising their health and wellbeing over work pressures

If you’ve ever felt pressured or overloaded at work, spare a thought for the company boss.

Honestly, the head of your organisation may seem like they have everything under control, handing out tasks and barking orders seemingly at will. However, not far beneath that cool, authoritative exterior is possibly a highly stressed person.

This isn’t some random observation but one of the headline findings from a new survey of chief executives and small business owners.

Almost half (44 per cent) of the 352 UK company bosses questioned by business mentors Vistage admitted they have felt forced to compromise their health and wellbeing as a result of pressure at work.

Thankfully, a good portion of these stressed CEOs are doing something about it, with a quarter (24 per cent) of leaders seeking outside support to help cope with work-related stress.

Meanwhile, just over one in ten (12 per cent) said they would ‘always prioritise their health and wellbeing over their work’.

Fine line between committed and being a martyr

This survey is far from the first time concerns have been raised over the increased pressures facing senior employees and the knock-on for their wellbeing.

Research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) earlier this year suggested that managers were facing a mental health crisis, with one in ten taking time off work for mental health issues in the past year, for an average of 12 days.

Geoff Lawrence, general manager at Vistage, admitted that business leaders should expect a certain amount of added pressure, but there was a limit.

“Being a boss can mean having to put your body on the line from time to time,” he said, “but there’s a fine line between making sacrifices and becoming a martyr to the cause.”

Mr Lawrence went on to confess that striking the right balance can be tricky for business leaders, especially if they have built their organisation from the ground up.

“They want to do everything, be everywhere, and be involved in every decision, but almost inevitably that type of approach ends in a crash. There’s no shame in sharing the load,” he added.

Middle managers squeezed

Back in May, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) sympathised with managers, who were expected to establish company culture whilst being under huge pressure.

Chris O’Sullivan, head of workplace mental health at the MHF said: “For too long, there has been a culture of driving middle managers hard to achieve results without giving them the time to manage their people, a culture of promoting the best salesperson or project manager into management without thinking about their people skills, and the culture among some leaders of putting themselves last.

“This has to end if we want to see mentally healthy workplaces.”

Fuel Card Services believes in looking after its employees, which includes a good work life balance – find out more about a career with us at www.career4you.co.uk

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