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Sit At A Desk All Day? Do These Stretches Today

Sit At A Desk All Day? Do These Stretches Today | Quest 1 | Scoop.it
By Katherine Schreiber We know sitting at a desk all day is bad for us. But not everyone has a company gym membership or a workweek that allows for morning and afternoon fitness classes.
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A great idea for all office workers to do to reduce muscle stiffness and soreness brought on by long periods of sitting.  Organisations should promote such practices to increase productivity and the well-being of their workforce.

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'Lunch-hour bolt' keeps workforce running

'Lunch-hour bolt' keeps workforce running | Quest 1 | Scoop.it
Running offers a fast way of clocking cardio and calorie credits, and when better to do it than during lunch hour?
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I think this is a great idea!! Organisations should be encouraging their workforces to stay active, particularly as we are seeing a rise in obesity rates and health related injuries due to poor office practices.  This encourages stress relief and gets employees out of the office in their lunch breaks.  

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Office Ergonomics - YouTube

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As much of our time is spent on computers it is important they our work stations are designed effectively to prevent stress and musculoskeletal injuries.  This clip demonstrates both an unsuitable work station commenting on such things as poor lighting and and non-adjustable chair, before showing an improved workstation, which included knee clearance and a footrest and the use of an adjustable seat.  It is important that people who spend much of their time on computers have their workstation designed correctly to prevent workplace injuries.

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Computer-related injuries - Better Health Channel

Computer-related injuries - Better Health Channel | Quest 1 | Scoop.it
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As technology and the use of computers becomes more prevalent in our society it is important to educate people about the health risks associated with their use.  Using a computer can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, eye strain, and overuse injuries of your hands and wrists.  It is important that workstations are designed correctly, employees are taught correct posture techniques and encouraged to take regular breaks.  If people aren't warned about these issues we may have a lot more computer related injuries in the future as a result of poor education.

 

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How to deal with conflict in the workplace

How to deal with conflict in the workplace | Quest 1 | Scoop.it
WORKERS who come in to conflict with their colleagues are up to 70 per cent less productive in their jobs, risking more than their emotional well-being.
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Successful organisations recognise the importance of efficiently and effectively exploiting their knowledge capital however, employees who come in conflict with other colleagues are up to 70% less productive in their jobs.  Workplace conflict not only directly effects those involved but those who witness the conflict, resulting in 40% less productivity.  Therefore, it is important as a HR professional that workplace conflict is managed to be minimised and reduced to encourage a productive organisation.

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HR's Responsibility for Occupational Health and Safety

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As I am majoring in Human Resource Managment I found this blog an interesting read.  It provided an insight into the HR professionals role when dealing with occupational health and safety in the workplace.  This blog highlights HR's role in developing and enforcing policies, training, regulatory reporting, workplace harassment and bullying and performance management. 

 

I previously thought occupational health and safety had a very separate function to human resource management.  However, after reading this article it has highlighted that many areas of occupational health and safety overlap with the responsibilities of the human resource management department.  Proving that health and safety is everyone's responsibility!!

 

 

 

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Enabling Healthy Decisions | Tag Archive | exercise

Enabling Healthy Decisions | Tag Archive | exercise | Quest 1 | Scoop.it
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I think this strongly relates with my previous scoop.  Encouraging employees to get out of the office and exercise at lunch can stimulate employees and increase productivity, while keeping employees healthy.

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Workplace Bullying & Harassment - HR Training Video (SAFETY-TV PREVIEW) - YouTube

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Have you ever suffered workplace bullying or harassment?  Have you ever witnessed it in your workplace? Reporting workplace bullying, harassment and violence is everyone's responsibility in the workplace.  It is important that organisations have the correct policies and procedures in place to encourage a positive work environment and support tolerance, dignity and respect in the workplace.  The organisation must educate its employees about the consequences of workplace bullying and support a workplace culture of respect and tolerance.

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Office Safety DVD - Safety training video for the office - Safetycare free preview - YouTube

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A great video that highlights hazards in an office environment.  This video highlights common office hazards such as slips, trips and falls, but also comments on other hazards such as poor office lighting, poor furniture design and the use of inappropriate clothing and footwear.   As a future HR professional the majority of my time will be spent in an office environment, therefore it is essential that I am aware of the risks involved within this environment.

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Sitting at your desk just might be smoking of next generation - Aurora Beacon News

Sitting at your desk just might be smoking of next generation - Aurora Beacon News | Quest 1 | Scoop.it
You know the scene. It’s a fluorescent-lit room filled with cubicle pods or rows with employees multitasking all day long, typing on keyboards while on a conference call, and sneaking in quick frequent checks of text messages or emails on their smartphones always within reach.
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Technology is making our lives a lot easier, however, it is also causing a number of health related issues.  Health problems caused from our sedentary lifestyles are leading to more deaths than those directly linked to tobacco use, according to research cited by the Harvard Business Review article.  Sitting for long periods of time and the use of technology has lead to poor posture, carpal tunnel, neck and shoulder tightness, lower back pain and overall joint stiffness as well as increased obesity rates among users.  This article highlights the need to educate people about the correlation of sitting in chairs for extended periods of times and the associated health risks.  Physical therapists are seeing greater health problems associated with poor office practices.  As  a HR professional it is important to educate employees and minimise the risks of technology.

 

 

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Tragic effects of workplace bullying

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A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into workplace bullying heard “impact statements” from 18 victims and family members of workplace bullying on Friday.

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A devastating article highlighting workplace bullying.  The organisations culture encouraged other employees to support or ignore harassment  which in turn tragically lead to the loss of two young lives.  Employees must be educated on the effects of bullying and organisations must enforce strict anti-bullying programs to help prevent other cases like this occurring. Organisations must also foster a culture which encourages victims to come forward when experiencing workplace harassment and support them by having the proper means in place to investigate these claims and punish those responsible.  As a future HR professional this is an issue that I feel strongly about.

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