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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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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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Looking towards a large ceiling to floor window, partially covered with large etched dots to act as light control

Lighting is a topic I like to write about reasonably regularly. It’s one of the areas I’ve noticed that seems to be cropping up more and more in terms of health issues, and so I think it’s worth dwelling more on why this is, and what we can do about it given that most of ...

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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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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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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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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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