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Photograph of the central outside courtyard of the Geyser Building, Auckland

Last week I attended a Health & Safety by Design event put on by The Canterbury Safety Charter. This organisation has been influential in improving safety standards throughout the construction industry since the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, resulting in significantly increased awareness and action taken to avoid accidents in an industry which previously did not have ...

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Colourful poster displaying all 17 of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, plus their logo

I recently added the first of a series on Business for Good, run by the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. I’ve always admired organisations who have being of assistance to other people/organisations/countries as part of their way of working. However, while I have long wanted to incorporate this more into my own small business, short ...

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Christchurch city street scene by tramline and kinetic heart sculpture

Why do we need to worry about our workplace habits? Well, whether good or bad, habits form a huge part of our lives, they are something we often do unconsciously, and which shape nearly 50% of our lives. I‘ve often noticed in workplaces is how easy it is for many of us – myself included ...

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Crescent shaped wooden Rockit board on a white background

Investing in a sit stand desk can be a life changing event, especially if your job involves spending hours working at your computer. I’m guessing most of us will have heard about how bad long periods of sitting is for you, and I can almost hear the heads nodding from those of us who have ...

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Brightly painted mural behind a temporary building fence

Here in Christchurch, we’ve had low cloud and rain for most of December, only interspersed with one or two days of beautiful sunshine to remind us that it is summer! So, to cheer myself up earlier this week I took myself out into town to take note of the exciting new buildings and streetscapes popping ...

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Jane Cowan-Harris being presented with a certificate by Mark English

What do you prefer to read? A lengthy report full of irrelevant information, or a concise summary with relevant recommendations? When I started working for myself back in 2004, I already had over 20 years experience as an Occupation Therapist and knew that when they engaged me to complete workplace assessments, few organisations wanted to ...

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Overhead shot of avocado tortillas and three small bowls of dip, set out on a circular board

I recently attended the Universal Design Conference in Auckland. Universal design – sometimes known as inclusive design – is all about designing anything, so that everyone can easily use it. Think of a building with a shallow ramp up to the front door rather than steps. Everyone can use that, whereas someone in a wheelchair ...

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Open space with park and underground car park in central city setting

Taking time out is so good for the brain. I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip away to England and France, and just to be able enjoy ‘being’ rather than constantly ‘doing’ was such a treat! It reminded me not only of the importance of taking a holiday when we can, but just how and ...

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Two workmen standing in a driveway wearing orange high viz vests and jeans, one is holding a spade

Something that is often written and talked about these days is the fact that here in New Zealand, we have an aging workforce. This is due to the baby boomers all reaching what has traditionally been ‘retirement’ age in better shape. We have better healthcare and medical treatments available and quite simply, there are more ...

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fixed office desk light coloured wood with decorative metal struts at each end

Who can you trust to keep you well? The recent debacle about methamphetamine testing in rental houses having been a waste of time and money – since it has now been deemed not dangerous to those living in a house where it has been consumed – may have left you wondering what information on our ...

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