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About Andrew Kinder


Head of Mental Health Services at Optima Health

As Professional Head of Mental Health Services at Optima Health, Andrew Kinder takes a lead on delivering its Wellbeing@work programme, which works globally to improve the health and wellbeing of its employees. Andrew has made a unique contribution in the area of counselling in the workplace over the last 15 years. He has been a leader in this specialist field work over this period, serving on the Executive Committee of the BACP Workplace (formerly Association for Counselling at Work). He has also promoted workplace counselling through committee work at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association. He was recently awarded a Fellowship by BACP.




Articles posted by Andrew Kinder

Wellbeing at Work: Taking care of your health at work

A recent study by the NHS found that one in three ‘sick notes’ are for mental health, making it the most common reason for people to take time off work, costing businesses £10.6 billion in sickness absence and £21.2 billion in reduced productivity. So, as Atos begins its Wellbeing@Work week with a focus on “care”,…

Tackling mental health issues in the workplace

On National Stress Awareness Day it is quite apparent that the issues of mental health in the workplace need to be tackled more than ever.  A recent comprehensive report published by the UK government called Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers highlights in stark terms how employers need to do more to address the issues. …

Investing in rest for a healthy and productive workforce

Improving employee productivity is a key challenge for businesses with many dedicating significant time and resources to fixing the problem. Over the last few years, creating the ideal office has been a major focus for addressing this issue. Creating headline-grabbing offices has been particularly popular with the major tech players, from Youtube’s office with a putting green, to Microsoft’s…

How not to make a drama out of a crisis

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK which found that only a small minority of people (13%) have high levels of good mental health. In America, May is Mental Health month. 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in the US, and 18% of US adults experienced and anxiety disorder in the…

Top tips on setting workplace goals in 2016

Resolutions and workplace goals While January can be perceived as a bit of a ‘hangover’ once the Christmas party season is over, it’s actually the perfect time to take a step back and re-evaluate what your priorities are for the year. This can be setting resolutions not only in your personal life but also in the workplace; where…

Coaching in times of crisis: How to help individuals flourish

In today’s ‘always-on’ society, individuals are increasingly finding themselves struggling with stress, anxiety and even depression as a result of the pressures of daily life. Over the last few years, stress and mental health disorders have overtaken back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders as the biggest long-term health problem and cause of sickness absence. This…

How to manage stress before and after your holiday

With summer in full swing, many of us are looking forward to the holidays – a chance to replenish our bodies, break old habits, try new experiences and enjoy the sunshine. It’s important to have realistic expectations though as holidays can also be stressful – travelling to the airport, reading work emails, and dealing with extremes…

Top tips to build personal resilience in the workplace

I’ve talked in detail before about the cult of busy and how, with the pressures of everyday life and work, we seem to have fewer hours in the day than ever before. We all have a notion about our own stress levels, but it can be quite overwhelming to try and manage this. A much more…

Have you joined the cult of busy?

How to cope with stress in the hectic workplace? From chief executives to stay-at-home mums and from young professionals to students, the near-on universal response to the question, “How are you?” is “I’m so busy!” Between work, socialising and getting the housework done, the average person seems to have fewer hours in the day than ever before. This is…

The business impact of a healthier workforce

So far in my Healthy Workforce (Health@work) series, we’ve looked at why it’s important to establish a healthier and happier workforce, and top tips to optimise home working. But how do you actually measure the wellbeing of your staff? Quantifying the cost of absence At a basic level, you can measure your staff’s happiness by looking at your financial…

Top tips to optimise working from home

As more employees continue to choose to work from home, their personal and professional lives risk becoming increasingly blurred. Constrained to their house, remote employees may feel isolated or pressured to work as hard as possible to justify the “privilege” of working at home. As a result, the number of homeworkers experiencing burnout or stress can increase as a…

Establishing health and happiness at work

It’s no surprise that having a happy workforce runs hand in hand with running a successful business. Employees that enjoy their work and are healthy in mind and body will be more motivated and productive than those that aren’t. However, workforces across the world are having to cope with increasing workloads and demands, leading to more stress. A study by the…