Stress policy in five steps

first_imgHeather Falconer outlines the latest guidance from the HSE on how to tacklestress within your organisation1. Identify the hazardsCarry out sickness absence datamonitoring. If a particular team or unit has high levels of sickness absence,investigate the causes – conditions or work organisation may be raising stresslevels and, in turn, absenteeism– Conduct return-to-work interviews to find out if and whystaff are taking time off for stress– Talk to your staff and get them to talk to you. Ask themabout things that may be upsetting them or making work difficult– Use focus groups to encourage people to be open and candid– Conduct exit interviews if staff turnover is high2. Establish who might be harmed – Use the stress factors identifiedby the HSE as most significant to group the issues identified in Step 1 underheadings. This is a useful first move, says the HSE, in sorting andprioritising the information gained from Step 1. The headings are:– Demands: Are staff comfortable with their amount of work orhours?– Control: Are staff involved in deciding what work they do andwhen and how they do it?– Support: Are staff getting adequate support for work orpersonal problems? Have they had adequate training?– Relationships: How are relationships conducted? Are therebullying/harassment problems?– Roles: Are staff clear what is expected of them? Do multipleroles conflict with rather than complement each other?– Change: Do you communicate with and consult adequately aboutorganisational change?– Culture: Do you promote open dialogue among staff? 3. Develop an action plan–  Don’t try to tackle everything your risk assessment identifies atonce– Start with the smaller problems that can be solved quickly –for example, improving communication by introducing regular team meetings. Thisshould immediately reduce overall stress levels, the HSE says, making it easierto solve more difficult problems over time– When contemplating more costly measures, such as employingextra staff, consider whether the potential benefits justify the financial cost– Consult and involve staff when deciding what to do4. Take action– You must make practicalinterventions to reduce employee exposure to the stressors identified aspresenting the greatest risk, the HSE emphasises– There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to each stressor.The HSE urges employers to look at its guidance and ask how much you are doingtowards the guidelines set out– Look at what other organisations are doing. The HSE iscurrently gathering a database of case studies to facilitate this5. Evaluate and share your work– Try to demonstrate any quantitativeimprovements that result from your interventions, such as a reduction in staffturnover or absenteeism– After each action, repeat Step 1 to establish whether stafffeel any of the problems have been reduced or eliminated¥ Share good practiceby contributing case studies and training materials to the HSE website or toother firms– When you meet other companies in your sector, set aside sometime to talk about stress Comments are closed. Stress policy in five stepsOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

New restaurant, warehouse approved for development in Dawson Creek

first_imgCity council on Monday approved a development permit for the restaurant among a couple of other development applications. The restaurant is proposed on three vacant lots along Eighth Street and 114 Avenue, across from the Northern Lights College.Chief administrative officer Jim Chute noted the lots are actually remediated brownfield sites that used to be occupied by a Turbo gas station.Mayor Mike Bernier joked that his son told him having a Wendy’s built in Dawson Creek was the only thing he wanted his dad to accomplish as mayor.- Advertisement -The permit requires the successful completion of a 10-day notification period and receipt of the required financial security in the amount of $50,000.Council also approved a development permit for the construction of a 4,800-square-foot office and warehouse building proposed by Techmation Electric and Controls for 69 Vic Turner Road.The property currently houses a 40-foot office trailer and two, 40-foot sea-cans which are being used as tool cribs. The proposed building will be used to provide electrical and instrumentation services to the oil and gas industry and approximately 10 employees will be working out of the location.Advertisement The permit is also subject to a 10-day notification period, and a $60,000 security bond.last_img read more

Standing at Attention: Advocating for our Family Members

first_imgpixababy [family heart father forward 222763 by geralt, December 4, 2013]By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTWe all know the old adage about the mother bear and her cubs, right? You know the one; where the mother bear would do absolutely anything to protect her young. That’s what comes to my mind when I think of Advocacy. Perhaps it was the five years that I spent alongside parents of children with special needs when I was working in Early Intervention. Or, maybe it’s the fact that I am a mental health professional who has witnessed the importance and power of advocacy within families. Whatever the reason may be, it’s the mental image I have in my head of advocacy.Much like the mother bear protecting her cubs, we humans sometimes have a tendency to let our natural instincts kick in. I have certainly experienced that before when protecting my own children. But unlike bears, we are able to push through those primal instincts to a much higher set of functioning. Advocacy is about acting on behalf of others to make sure that their needs are met. It’s also about raising awareness. And, last, but certainly not least, it can also be about protecting and standing up for ourselves.Whether you are advocating for someone else or advocating for yourself, there are tools that are necessary in assisting us with being able to be successful at accomplishing our ultimate goal, whatever that may be. Here are some basic suggestions that can assist in navigating through this sometimes complicated and confusing world.Know your rights – Whether you are advocating for yourself or for someone else, it is extremely important to know what your rights are surrounding the topic of concern. Part of advocacy includes researching and doing some digging. And, it may require some extra elbow grease and a magnifying glass! This is one of those times when you don’t want to “show up unprepared”. The more you know about your rights or those for whom you are advocating, the more successful you will be in your efforts.Let your emotions work for you instead of against you – When we humans are passionate about someone or something, we have a tendency to allow our emotions to initially control us. As difficult as it can be, it is so very important to let your emotions help you when advocating rather than hurt you. This means that you may have to work really hard at putting that inner filter on overdrive before saying the first thing that comes to your mind; that first thing may actually be coming from your heart rather than your brain.Keep your eyes on the prize – Try to remember what your ultimate goal is when advocating for yourself or someone else. You will not be able to create peace on earth, nor will you be able to end hunger and strife. But, keeping your mind on the end result will help to keep you focused and well prepared.Don’t give up – You may very likely realize that the hill you thought you were climbing has now turned into a mountain. But, instead of turning around and walking off of the mountain, try to strap your hiking boots on and keep on going. As easy as it may seem to just give up, remember that prize (refer back to number 3).Build yourself a support system – Make connections with others and equip yourself with the cushion of others. Not only is it helpful to have people in your corner, but it is also helpful to have people who have had similar experiences. Connect with others through social media sites, community meetings, and public gatherings. It’s amazing how far you can get with a strong support system.It goes without saying that there are many other things that one can keep in mind when advocating, but having these basic and simple tools in your box can at least help to guide you on a steady path. Unlike the mother bear who does not have the capacity to follow these steps, we humans are equipped with the ability to protect those we love with a much higher level of functioning.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

The Stereotypes of Sales Are Tired

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Salespeople are not reviled by buyers. Every day across the world, salespeople spend time with their clients and prospects, focusing on fixing problems that require outside help, be it a product, a service, or a more complex solution. Some of these salespeople create little value, others are irreplaceable. Few of them are reviled. They’re moms, dads, brothers, and sisters.Salespeople aren’t inherently lazy. Like many people who aren’t as productive as they might be, they are poorly led. Salespeople don’t have some genetic predisposition to laziness, and as a group ,they are no different than any other profession.The likelihood of salespeople being disintermediated by technology is no greater than any other field. While anything transactional in nature lends itself to automation, the human stuff, like deep caring, deep trust, and creative problem solving aren’t puzzles that algorithms can easily solve.On the whole, salespeople are no more selfish that any other group. This is especially true in this day and age when a self-orientation will repel clients and success away from you. The human behaviors are not the exclusive domain of salespeople, even though there was a time 50 years ago when they were taught and trained to behave badly.Buyers aren’t working any harder to avoid salespeople than any other time. They still want to avoid time wasters, and they still share their time with people who can create value for them. This isn’t likely to change anytime soon.The stereotypes no longer match the reality of sales. Projections on the future of sales that suggest that it is going away, soon to be replaced by technology go too far and are too pessimistic.Sales is evolving every bit as fast as buying. Don’t buy the hype, stay true to first principles.last_img read more

Odisha woman gets alimony after 27-year fight

first_imgTwenty-seven years after filing a case seeking maintenance from her estranged husband, a woman in Bhubaneswar now sees a glimmer of hope of getting regular alimony.In the long court battle, the woman not only had to justify her rightful claim for an allowance, but also had to establish the identity of her husband as the man she was really married to. The curious case of Sabita Chand, now 56, and her estranged husband Ashok Kumar Das alias Ashok Kumar Chand has hopefully come to an end, with a family court in Bhubaneswar directing immediate release of a maintenance fee to her.Ashok Kumar Chand, who worked in the Indian Railways, had married Ms. Chand in 1985 by concealing his identity. In 1992, Ms. Chand filed a case in the court seeking maintenance. Earlier this month, the court directed the bank manager to transfer one-third of his pension to Ms. Chand.last_img read more

Dutee to run in World Cships, gets favourable order from CAS

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 29 (PTI) Sprinter Dutee Chand today got the confirmation to take part in the World Championships after the top tribunal of international sports suspended the policy of the international athletics federation, which had barred her from competition, by another two months. The 21-year-old Dutee, who missed the original entry standard of 11.26 seconds, got an invite from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as the target number of 56 athletes for the womens 100m event was yet to be reached for the August 4-13 World Championships in London. Dutees best of 11.30 seconds, which she clocked during the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on May 15, has now earned her a quota entry for the World Championships. Her 11.30secs timing gives her a current global ranking of 103. The IAAF yesterday sent an invite to the Athletics Federation of India, asking to reply in yes or no about accepting the offer and the AFI, after taking consent from Dutee, had responded within the stipulated time that she was ready for the global flagship event. It has come as an advantage that Dutee is already having United Kingdom visa. “Yes, Dutee is taking part in the World Championships. The AFI has said yes to the IAAF invite. Why would she not accept the offer? She is ready and she is also happy to be able to take part in such a big event,” Dutees coach Nagpuri Ramesh told PTI. AFI Secretary C K Valson added: “Dutee has been cleared to take part in the World Championships. She currently has a UK visa, as we had told all those in borderline timings (of qualifying standards) to apply for visa. The 24-member team has already left the country and Dutee will most likely leave alone for London in a direct flight.” Meanwhile, in her gender case before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, the worlds top sports tribunal has suspended IAAFs Hyperandrogenism Policy, under which the AFI suspended Dutee from competitions in 2014. The top tribunal said today that Dutee remains eligible to compete in national and international events. Dutees future was under a cloud after the IAAF recently decided to submit fresh evidence at the CAS in support of its policy of barring female athletes who produced natural testosterone (male hormones) above permissible range from taking part in competitions. In July 2015, the gutsy Odisha athlete got the ban imposed on her by the AFI overturned as the CAS partially upheld her appeal. The worlds top sports tribunal had given time of two years to the IAAF to produce conclusive evidence that female athletes with high levels of naturally producing testosterone have an unfair advantage over their peers. That period of two years ended on July 24 and after the IAAF approached the top sports tribunal recently, it was decided by the parties involved in the case to further suspend the policy for another two months. “Based upon the agreement of the parties and at the approval of the Panel, the Hyperandrogenism Regulations have been suspended for an additional two months. During such extended suspension, Ms Dutee Chand remains eligible to compete in both national and international level athletics events,” the CAS said in a statement. “Should the IAAF not file any scientific evidence within the additional two-month period granted by the CAS Panel (i.e. end of September 2017), the Hyperandrogenism Regulations will be declared void,” it added. Giving a background of the case, the CAS said, “On 24 July 2015, the CAS issued an Interim Award in the arbitration procedure between the Indian athlete Dutee Chand, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). “The CAS Panel in charge of the procedure (The Hon. Justice Annabelle Claire Bennett AO, Australia (President), Prof. Richard H. McLaren, Canada, and Dr Hans Nater, Switzerland) suspended the IAAF Regulation Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to Compete in Womens Competition (the “Hyperandrogenism Regulations”) until 24 July 2017 in order to give the IAAF the opportunity to provide the CAS with scientific evidence about the quantitative relationship between enhanced testosterone levels and improved athletic performance in hyperandrogenic athletes.” PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered his opinion on Chelsea’s deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.Liverpool had been in competition with the Stamford Bridge club to land the American this January, but Klopp cooled his interest in the forward and the Blues swooped.Chelsea opted to loan the American back to Germany until the end of the season, at which point the 20-year-old will link up with his new team.And Klopp said: “[He’s] a really good player, another good player for Chelsea. “I’ve known him for a while and followed him [in his career]. Another really skilled boy playing in England.” last_img read more

Interest rate hike new mortgage rules may trigger real estate market slowdown

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s real estate market will hit a slow patch in 2018 as tighter mortgage stress tests apply pressure and the impact could be exacerbated if an expected interest rate hike drives buyers to put off their home purchases, economists said Monday.The Bank of Canada will make its first interest rate announcement of the year on Wednesday. Many observers predict will boost the country’s benchmark rate by 25 points to 1.25 per cent after the economy’s strong performance last year and a particularly strong jobs report from November. If the economy keeps pace, they believe that rate may be bumped up a few more times over 2018.The suspected hikes could heap stress onto buyers already combating stricter regulations that were introduced by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions on Jan. 1 for uninsured mortgages, and elevated five-year, fixed mortgage rates that were pushed up by the CIBC, RBC and TD banks last week.“This is the most significant test the market has seen in recent years,” said Benjamin Tal, CIBC’s chief deputy chief economist.He expects a market slowdown to be seen as early as the first quarter as people who were hoping to scoop up homes weigh whether renting or living with family for a bit longer will pay off later in the year, when the country has grown accustomed to the new conditions.“The big question though is to what extent investors will stop buying,” says Tal. “That will carry a big effect, but it’s still the biggest unknown.”The Canadian Real Estate Association slashed its sales forecast for 2018 to predict a 5.3 per cent drop in national sales to 486,600 units this year, shaving about 8,500 units from its previous estimate due to the impact of the stricter mortgage stress tests.On Monday, the association released a report revealing that national home sales rose 4.5 per cent in December from the month before and that the average national home price reached just over $496,500, up 5.7 per cent from one year earlier.It said the bounce likely stemmed from buyers scrambling to nab homes before being forced to submit to the uninsured mortgage regulations, which requires would-be homebuyers with a more than 20 per cent down payment to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.“It will be interesting to see if the monthly sales activity continues to rise despite tighter mortgage regulations,” Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist, said in the report.It also shared that the number of homes on the market increased by 3.3 per cent in December from the month before and December home sales were up 4.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis.The improvements signal that the country is “fully recovering from the slump last summer” when there was a drop in sales before a set of policies introduced by the Ontario government in April produced the desired market slowdown in Toronto during the second and third quarters following a hot first quarter.“The new OFSI measures and a shift to a rising-state environment should prevent speculative froth from building again, and contain price growth to a reasonable pace for the remainder of the cycle,” BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic predicted in a note Monday.Looking across the country, he said Toronto home sales were in “a strong spot,” Calgary’s “remained steady” and Ottawa and Montreal were “continually showing better momentum.”CREA said in December it had seen 60 per cent of all local markets surge in activity.That spike came as no surprise to Toronto-based realtor David Fleming.While agents typically avoid keeping listings up over the holidays, he saw many bucking their usual habit this year by leaving homes on the market because sales were so strong.Of the three listings he let sit, one sold on Dec. 31 and another on Jan. 2.“There are definitely people who thought they had to close a deal before Jan. 1. and the numbers are really showing that,” Fleming said.“I think it will take a couple months for buyers to wrap their heads around the new rules and for the country to see the affect.”last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for November by province

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in November. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 12.2 per cent (12.7)— Prince Edward Island 8.5 (7.2)— Nova Scotia 7.0 (7.7)— New Brunswick 7.9 (7.2)— Quebec 5.4 (5.2)— Ontario 5.6 (5.6)— Manitoba 5.7 (6.1)— Saskatchewan 5.5 (6.2)— Alberta 6.3 (7.3)— British Columbia 4.4 (4.1)The Canadian Presslast_img