In 2015/2016 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases. Stress is a rapidly increasing feature in our society, but how does stress actually lead to illness? And what in society seems to be the cause of this continually increasing trend?
The panel, Chaired by Geoff McDonald, former Global VP of Human Resources at Unilever, and one of the leaders of minds@work, will include neuroscientist, Professor Stafford Lightman and Occupational psychologist Professor Gail Kinman.
Stafford is the Director of the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology at the University of Bristol and current President of the British Neuroscience Association.
Gail is a Professor of Occupational Health Psychology and Director of the Research Centre for Applied Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and co-founded its Working Group for Work-life Balance.
Gail’s main research interest is in work-related stress and wellbeing in emotionally demanding professions such as social work, nursing, teaching and the security services. She also has a strong interest in the implications of information communication technology for the wellbeing of employees. She is a founder member of the Switched on Culture Research Group that aims to communicate healthy and sustainable ways to engage with technology. Gail has published widely in these areas.
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