Monthly Archives: March 2016

Working Smarter in 2016

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Almost everything in society is telling us to work harder, be better and strive for more. What if this actually creates the opposite effect of what we truly want – to feel great about ourselves and to feel purpose in our lives? If we feel good it makes sense that our work will reflect that – whatever job we do. But what if we don’t feel vital and alive most of the time? How does that affect our work and which comes first the chicken or the egg – work hard, feel bad or feel bad, work hard?

Consider this: “77% of workers have a chronic health condition: depression, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma and heart attack, that is costing business $84 billion in lost productivity.” Gallup, 2013. And this: “There is a significant cost of work-related stress, depression and anxiety which is over 13 million days a year.” Annual surveys of sickness absence CBI (CIPD/AXA 2012)

Working hard is clearly taking its toll on us but it needn’t be.

Being busy and working hard aren’t the same as being effective yet most of us subscribe to these notions. But, why? And what works if ‘hard’ and ‘busy’ don’t?

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Three Strategies to Support Employees Who Are Carers

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There is currently a loud call in Australian workplaces to better support people who are caring for others, especially those that are balancing caring responsibilities with paid work commitments. The call is coming from all angles – the carers themselves, advocacy agencies (like Carers Australia), the Government, the media and of course those organisations that are committed to supporting their employees with a working environment that helps them feel valued and supported to do the best job they can.

Talking about more support and creating policies are important but when it comes down to it a clear strategy and absolute commitment is what’s going to bring real change and action true support.

Here is a great article from care specialists NEEOPA highlighting three strategies employers can use to support working carers.

Three Strategies to Support Employees Who Are Carers 

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Flexible working – what it takes to be successful (A case study)

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Productivity in the UK has come under the spotlight following news that the nation’s GDP per hour worked is lower now than it was pre-recession. In fact, the UK’s productivity is falling further behind that of its European neighbours.

To help tackle this trend, chancellor George Osborne published the report Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation, which sets the agenda for a national productivity drive.

Despite this, the real ‘game changer’ in the fight to recover the British economy will be the measures businesses themselves can take to enable their employees to be more productive.

Enabling employees to be more effective when they’re in and out of the office and offering them flexible working options are just some of steps that businesses have taken to help to increase productivity and growth over the last five to ten years. In addition, last year the government gave every employee the right to request flexible working from their employer. However, an overall uplift in UK productivity is yet to be realised and the adoption of flexible working is not widespread.

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