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Back to School with Wellbeing in Mind  Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE Many of us are beginning to feel the inevitable end of summer anxiety, which brings with it the return to school for thousands of families all over the country. After what has been an extremely challenging time for many of us including our children, we return to school again this year with the same Covid restrictions as the last.  Although the additional health and safety…

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the 4 days week

The Four Days Week Phenomenon   LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond The Four Day Work Week is a revolutionary shift in how we look at our working lives. It alters the entire institution of work, and gives employees a day back each week. Studies have shown when workplaces move to a Four Day Work Week, that stress among employees decreases as satisfaction with work-life balance increases.(1) The principle behind the idea is that workers…

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psychological capital

Psychological Capital, an Opportunity to Enhance Employee Wellbeing.  Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE As we slowly return to the normality we used to know pre Covid, the news we are hearing is often ambiguous but sometimes hopeful. With this, many people will be returning to the office over the coming months. Although some will welcome this others will be reluctant for various reasons, however, for leaders it is an opportunity to review one of the most important factors in employee wellbeing…

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fatigue in the workplace

Fatigue in the Workplace? ANDY TILLEARD EHS Consultant EazySAFE Many day-to-day hazards are easy to identify in the workplace; workplace vehicles, chemicals, noise and many others have physical characteristics which make them easy to recognise and assess. However, fatigue is a workplace hazard that is not always so easy to identify, but it can be present in the workplace all of the time to varying degrees and be embedded into the organisation's management and workforce. What makes…

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Rebuilding the Workplace LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond Never before have we had such a blank slate to shape our workplaces to suit the needs of all stakeholders. Office workers have kept businesses afloat over the last year and a half from their own homes. They have proven that the model where everybody works from a central office is both unnecessary and outdated. Workers have shown that targets can be met while working from…

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Employee Wellbeing and Retention  Means 'Keeping It Simple'  Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE There are some simple things that all companies can do to help create a sense of wellbeing amongst their employees. Whether continuing to work from home or transitioning back to the workplace, many of us have had time to reflect and look at what we value in our professional lives. As the term “the great resignation”, gathers momentum, many organisations will begin…

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Occupational Health Psychology and Its Function in The Workplace JENNY COLLINS EHS Consultant EazySAFE Occupational health psychology (OHP) is an emerging subfield of psychology which overlaps with industrial and organisational psychology.  According to the HSA, in 2020 the most reported accidents included falls and manual handling (Irish Times, 2021).These represent concrete physical conditions at work. Non-physical conditions include irregular shift patterns like night shift, interpersonal conflict, lack of autonomy, heavy workload, and work-life conflict which can affect our physical and emotional health.  Occupational stress and accidents  OHP…

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Bullying and Harassment LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond Bullying and harassment at work are risks to be monitored and mitigated. Workplaces that deal inappropriately with bullying leave themselves open to the high turnover of staff, lost productivity, absenteeism, civil claims in respect of stress, bullying and harassment and even claims for constructive dismissal. They may also find themselves in breach of Health and Safety legislation for failing to prevent stress-related injuries. As well as the impact on the…

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Employee Health Safety and Wellbeing ALAN WHITE Wellness Consultant EazySAFE Employee Health and Safety (EHS) is an integral part of any business. Carrying out risk assessments and ensuring staff are properly trained is inherent to all organisations.  Employee inductions always include safety training to ensure that everyone works to minimise the risks of physical injury. Keeping employees physically safe is of course one of the fundamental priorities in any organisation, however in order to take a holistic…

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commuting to work post covid

Commuting to Work Post Covid Gemma Doyle EHF Consultant EazySAFE Over the coming weeks and months, many employees will return to their place of work. After over a year or half of working remotely, a lot of employees will have a shock to the system, when they return to commuting to work!  There are many perks to working from home and remotely, one of them being no commute. Having no commute to work has its…

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