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Desk and chair set up with laptop on a laptop riser surrounded by various paperwork and noticeboards

I was recently asked to do a workstation assessment for some who is based in another city and who works from two different locations, one of which is a home office. Travelling from Christchurch to Wellington to assess this one person would have made the process ridiculously expensive, however having had recent experience with low ...

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Quote written in brass capitals on paving stones saying 'passion led us here' and showing two pairs of legs and shoes

I am a fan of organisations incorporating the Mental Health Foundation’s Ways of Wellbeing into their everyday business practices and so was interested to come across a great ‘good news’ story by Bruce McCombie in an HR magazine called ‘Personnel Today’. Bruce works with an organisation in the UK called Pilotlight which matches skills of ...

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Rich red velvet theatre curtains drawn shut before the show

I’ve just completed an accessibility assessment of the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch as a Be.Accessible assessor. The theatre was restored with replicas of all the original features following the 2011 earthquake, so I was very impressed with how they have gone the extra mile with creating a really accessible theatre facility whilst still ...

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Sunlit modern office space with yellow stairwell stating 'Ideas Start Here"

Moving or renovating your offices is a massive task that can often seem like an unwelcome hassle. When done thoughtfully however, it provides a great opportunity to get your team working even better together. I’ve noticed that when I visit businesses that have renovated or relocated to a new office, that the move has usually ...

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Neon sign, white on black with quote 'do something great'

I recently attended a talk on ‘Unleashing the Huge Power of Small’, given by Paul Dunn, four times TEDx speaker, and currently the chairman of B1G1. B1G1 is a social enterprise and non-profit organisation with a mission to create a world full of giving. Unlike conventional giving models, B1G1 helps small and medium-sized businesses achieve ...

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Man using laptop on a desk that is low for his height

I recently rejoined Business Network International (BNI), a network referral group, after a gap of about eight years. When I was a member previously – for about four years – I would get a smattering of referrals (potential leads), but left after deciding that I was failing to reach my target market. Looking back, I ...

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Two men sitting on saddle stools at an adjustable height desk

The topic of sit stand desks is very much in vogue. There is so much debate about the use of them, it can really leave you in a quandary about whether or not to buy one. A recent review on the possible perils of sitting and standing at work was written by Professor Alan Hedges, ...

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A variety of small plants hanging on an office wall

Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to present to everyone who attended the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Ten in Two networking event. Ten in Two gives five presenters each two minutes to present 10 slides about their business. And what a great opportunity it was, not only to let other Chamber ...

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Mural on a multi story car park depicting a multi story ar park

I’ve noticed a real move to creating more interesting public spaces, particularly car parks. Here in Christchurch, we’ve had to completely rebuild all the central city car parks after the earthquakes six years ago, and as many businesses return to city locations, the need for car parks has increased. Maybe in a few years’ time, ...

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men playing table tennis in an office setting

Recent research by Prof Kim Burton, an independent occupational health researcher in the UK, has shown that despite businesses reducing serious workplace injuries over the last century, that there are still a significant number of common health problems such as depression, back pain, musculoskeletal pain, and anxiety, which affect people at work. These conditions may ...

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