Mental Health can be a sensitive topic of discussion and is surrounded by stigma, despite the fact that nearly half of New Zealanders will meet the criteria for a diagnosis of mental illness at some stage during their lives.
At Intuto we are lucky to be able to work with some wonderful companies that are doing amazing things. One of the companies we work with in the health space is Provention. Provention are doing all they can to minimise the impact of injuries caused by incorrect movement techniques. We know that these sorts of injuries can have long lasting health impacts on individuals, their families and the communities they live in so must be taken incredibly seriously.
Last month, there was a massive mix-up in six major South Australian hospitals when an unknown number of patients were accidentally given up to ten times the recommended dose of Covid vaccine. The South Australian Health Chief blamed the bungle on a glitch that entered their prescribing software during routine upgrades. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation state secretary agreed, adding that nurses cannot be expected to double- and triple-check every single dose against a manual or with a doctor because of the associated time and workload increase. Whatever the reasons for the medication mix-up were, the obvious fact remains that patients expected to receive accurate, trustworthy care at their local healthcare facility and did not get it.
The world fundamentally changed this year, and one of the parts of our lives that was the most affected was the way that we work. Many companies have had to press pause on hiring and even let existing employees go.
However, some companies, such as organisations in the health, community support and distribution sectors, are still in a position to be bringing in new staff. They are now faced with the new problem of onboarding new team members remotely, which presents challenges both for the new hire and for the team they are joining.
Engaging and efficient onboarding is even more important than usual, so that new hires become productive staff members as quickly as possible. Hiring managers and team leaders are therefore pivoting and adapting to virtual onboarding as we try to keep businesses going in our new normal.
A good onboarding process, whether in person or virtual, not only trains new staff but also engages and builds relationships with them so they feel welcomed, valued and confident about their future with your company while still ensuring safety compliance.
As an online training company, we’re in a better position than most to help companies navigate this unusual situation. We’ve been helping companies with spread out, disparate teams manage their remote onboarding for years.
One such example is Aztec , a New Zealand North Island-based forestry transport company with more than 100 owner/driver contractors located Taupo, Rotorua, Central Waikato, King Country, Tauranga, Eastern Bay Of Plenty, Hauraki, Thames, Wellsford, Whangarei and Kerikeri. Our collaboration with employee management solutions company Engage lets Aztec onboard and provide ongoing support to their widespread team remotely and efficiently.
As such, we’ve compiled a short guide to remote onboarding to help make this new process as easy as possible for you and your new team members.
Of the many potential health and safety hazards, perhaps the most terrifying to contemplate are fire related. In particular, for office workers without heavy machinery to manage, forklifts to dodge, heights to scale or holes to fall into it's easy for complacency to set in and the very real danger that fire can present can be ignored. Despite this fires are the most common cause of damage and death in any workplace.
There is a small cafe located in the heart of Toronto’s Kensington Market, set up in a quaint home painted a blaze of turquoise, that reminds me of the joy of eating out. Not only does Fika serve wonderful food and a superb elderflower rose water lemonade (I'm not a great coffee drinker) but it fills more than your hunger for sustenance. It fills your hunger for delight. It is quite simply worth the 'cost of admission'. Money well spent.
Since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, concerns have been raised that the emphasis on the punitive measures of the new legislation isn’t doing anything to actually make our workplaces safer.
Experts in the industry are concerned that a fear of the consequences of failing to obey the law to the letter means that businesses are only aiming to meet the minimum Health and Safety requirements. Focusing on the benefits to everyone of a holistic Health and Safety Culture in the workplace would be a better goal.