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Joyworkz Blog/Occupational health

Every workplace wellness intervention in your workplace has the potential to make a difference. To that end, we have created the Joyworkz Blog to help you keep abreast of the latest workplace wellness research, trends and tips.

Occupational health deals with the prevention and treatment of job-related injuries and illnesses. It involves the identification and control of the risks arising from physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards in order to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment.

Help Your Employees Take Better Breaks (And Actually Return to Work Refreshed): 3 Practical Suggestions

on Friday, 28 February 2020. Posted in Occupational Health, Mental Wellbeing

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Mention the word break in most offices and people start thinking of rushing to a gulp down a hurried lunch. But breaks can be so much more. A well-rested workforce is productive and enjoys work satisfaction. As a manager, you are in a position to improve the quality of breaks that your team takes.

Too noisy and crowded? The Pros and Cons of Open-Plan Office Design

on Sunday, 23 June 2019. Posted in Office Ergonomics, Occupational Health, Mental Wellbeing

OP Noise

Open plan (OP) offices are generally considered to be cost-effective, promote teamwork and collaboration and enhance a sense of wellbeing and inclusion. Recent research evidence challenges some of these assumptions though. In this article we examine available evidence on the advantages and disadvantages of open plan office design and suggest a practical way forward.

Healthy work snack ideas!

on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Posted in Wellness Programme Design, Occupational Health

healthy work snacks

Good food is a key ingredient for staying healthy, resilient and productive in work and life. Experts recommend that when it comes to a healthy diet, we plan ahead. Packing a healthy, yummy lunch for work – including snacks and drinks - helps avoid the temptation to eat unhealthy food. It also aids on saving money!

Tap into the stress-relieving benefits of nature this Spring!

on Monday, 13 August 2018. Posted in Occupational Health, Mental Wellbeing

Nature at work

Are you suffering from “nature-deficit disorder”? During winter we tend to stay indoors, sometimes leaving home for work in the dark, to return home to our houses, in the dark. On the weekends, we minimise our time outdoors. Yet, experts argue that a lack of time in nature can have a range of impacts on our health. Therefore, as winter passes and a sense of Spring fills the air, why not tap into the healing, stress relieving benefits of nature?

Should people with sniffly noses come to work?

on Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in Occupational Health

Sniffly nose at work

Statistics show that many kiwi workers turn up to work sick. The Bus NZ/Southern Cross 'Wellness in the Workplace Survey Report' (2017) found that 46% of workers still come to work when they are unwell. And, we’ve all done it haven’t we? But is turning up to work with a common cold such a bad thing?

Long hours at work cause heart disease!

on Friday, 16 November 2012. Posted in Office Ergonomics, Occupational Health

heart disease long hours

Regularly working longer hours can come at a significant cost to one’s health. Recent research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology by Dr. Marianna Virtanen found that people who worked eleven or more hours per day had a 60% higher risk of heart-related problems than those who worked a normal eight hour day.

The Real Cost of Obesity at Work

on Monday, 10 September 2012. Posted in Office Ergonomics, Occupational Health

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Article by Ross Thomson (aka Sympathetic HR Manager)

Oscar (O.C.) or better known as Oscar Office Chair, was complaining to me recently about his increasingly heavy work-loads and the longer working hours that he has had to endure over the last few years. He is now beginning to show the signs of exhaustion. Like any good HR Manager, I asked him for evidence and for suggestions on how to improve things. To help me here he shared some entries from his personal diary…

Office Hygiene – Reducing the Risk of the Common Cold

on Tuesday, 04 September 2012. Posted in Occupational Health

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The winter season is always a time when coughs and colds are much more prevalent in the workplace. In modern offices where there is often a large group of people in a reasonably confined area, it is quite common for these viruses to spread quickly. Whilst much has been written about flu epidemics in recent years, this article focuses on the common cold which can be just as prevalent over the winter months.

Do annual flu vaccinations provide optimum protection?

on Monday, 03 September 2012. Posted in Occupational Health

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Every year as we head into autumn the same dilemma arises for many of us: Should we get our annual flu jab or not? Is it worth it? Is it safe? In this article we look at the reasons for having regular annual flu vaccinations and some of the myths surrounding flu vaccinations…

Baby, Baby, Can’t you hear my Heartbeat?: How a defibrillator at work could save your life

on Monday, 03 September 2012. Posted in Occupational Health

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Back in the 1960’s when Herman Hermits originally sang the song Baby, Baby, Can’t you hear my Heartbeat?, it was all about how love can make your heart beat in a strange (and exciting) way. That’s the wonderful side to the story of irregular heartbeats. However, there is also a more serious side.

Do I Smell? - Lifting the Lid on Body Odour at Work

on Monday, 27 August 2012. Posted in Occupational Health

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Ever experienced the following? Your body has silently “passed wind” and you make a hurried exit from the scene of the crime leaving someone else to discover the evidence!

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