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View from a boat across the water to a jetty with bush covered hills on the shoreline

Making an action plan is an important first step to take when looking at practical ways to have a more harmonious work/life balance. In this blog I explore practical ways to achieve a greater sense of balance between your work and home life in part two of my blog series. Click here to check out ...

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Cup of tea in a white and red spotted cup, next to a red ball

Having a healthy balance between your work and home life can feel like an uphill struggle at times. It’s no secret that life can be a juggling act between the two. We can feel pressured to learn at lightning speed and to make decisions on a daily basis. Working hours can be long and sometimes ...

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Garden landscape with green lawn and pohutakawa overlooking the ocean

Often at the beginning of the year we come back to work with lots ideas. We think of how differently we are going to work or new habits we are going to incorporate into our day, or new projects or tasks we’ve been given that require us to think and work differently. And if you’re ...

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Office space with open shelving with four levels of pot plants, plus a round meeting table and bench space

I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity through my work to visit many of the new offices which have been built in Christchurch city, post 2011 earthquakes. Some businesses are only now moving back into the city centre as the new buildings start to take shape and are fitted out. So what’s my opinion of ...

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About a year ago, I attended a universal design conference up in Auckland. At the time I was doing some study around vision impairment and afterwards I wrote a blog about my thoughts on how to consider people’s different needs when designing lighting in public places and spaces. But reflecting recently on how universal design ...

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I’ve recently been lucky enough to go on holiday to Sweden, a country I’ve never visited before. While the history there is not as old as many other European countries – about 300 years in total as a nation – there are still many cobbled streets (such as the one seen here in Gamla Stan, ...

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Large open plan office with about thirty people sitting at desks in rows of about five people

Last month I wrote about creating healthy workplace by good design, and emphasised the importance of creating a culture which encourages healthy behaviours. This can be a big ask for businesses, particularly here in New Zealand, as there are so many small businesses who have staff members covering several different roles and who are often ...

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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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