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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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Four black bottles on a shelf with large white labels featuring the letters M, C, S and B, plus a cake of soap wrapped in paper with the letter S on the front

I believe workplace wellness includes taking care of customers as well as employees, and I love it when I come across simple but quirky solutions to everyday problems. Here are a couple I have recently discovered that I would like to share with you. The first idea was shared at the Be.Accessible team day, held ...

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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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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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