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Mental health training for managers matters
More training is needed to equip managers with the skills to deal with workers’ mental health issues, a survey of more than 500 managers by QBE Business Insurance has revealed. In a separate Institute of Directors poll of 700 managers, just over 40% of respondents stated that their employees had taken time off work because of mental health problems – up from just over 25% last year. However, only 17% of companies claimed to provide training on mental health issues for their managers.
In another survey for Investors in People, only a third of respondents said their mental health was supported by their employer, despite three in five saying they felt that their work had had a negative effect on their mental health. Workload and poor relationships with colleagues and line managers were found to be the biggest culprits.
University spin-out success sparks record rent rises
It’s estimated that Oxford University spin-out companies will create around 500 extra jobs every year until 2025. What’s more, research by property consultants Bidwells has revealed that by then, these companies will take up a minimum of 350,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space in Oxford. Demand for prime office space in the city is at record levels, having grown by 16.7% in a year.
Limited supply and a lack of new development have forced city centre rents upwards. By 2020 Bidwells predicts that prime rents will be at £40 per sq ft – during the first six months of the year they were at £35 per sq ft.
Oxford University generates more technology spin-outs than any other UK university and contributes £5.8 billion to the country’s economy. Bidwells stresses that the value and impact of the University’s innovation will be lessened if the city can’t accommodate these new companies.
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