What is the Best Approach to Preventing Workplace Bullying?

According to Stats NZ, “Around 300,000 employed people, or 11 percent of workers, said they had experienced discrimination, harassment, or bullying in the past 12 months” (Stats NZ). Workplace bullying is defined as repeated and unacceptable behaviour directed towards a worker/group of workers. Different forms of bullying include, but are not limited to, verbal or […]

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Case Study: Building Confidence in Midland District Health Boards

Working Wise collaborated with HealthShare to develop and deliver ‘Investigating Workplace Bullying and Harassment’ Workshops to the Midland DHBs last year. The DHBs initiated this project to help HR practitioners enhance their abilities to carry out investigations into allegations of bullying and harassment – although the investigations frameworks and skills could be used in other […]

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Leading a Healthy Workplace Culture

As employers, we do our best to prevent harm and incidents from occurring in the workplace. However, we must aim to go beyond this and strive to foster a positive culture where workers are fully engaged, are treated fairly and feel safe in the workplace. The World Health Organization says: “a healthy workplace is one […]

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Advocating Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

How does mental health affect the workplace? Mental health is a terribly important factor in the health and safety of any workplace, however it is largely an unspoken issue. There are many ways that mental health affects the workplace, from culture to morale to productivity. Despite the stigma around mental health, employers need to be […]

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COVID-19: Returning to Work After Lockdown

As NZ works towards eliminating COVID-19 in hopes of reaching normality again, workplaces must be fully prepared for returning back to work safely. Now is the opportunity for your business to reflect on what you have learned during the past few weeks and implement necessary changes to the workplace that align with public health guidelines […]

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Looking After Your Mental Health and Wellbeing During Self-Isolation

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we live, work, socialise, exercise and travel. It’s normal to be feeling scared, stressed or anxious during this uncertain time. Being stuck indoors can take a huge toll on our health and wellbeing, which is why it’s so important that we prioritize looking after ourselves as well as our […]

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Ergonomic Tips for Working From Home

During the COVID-19 lock-down, many workers will now be required to work remotely. A workstation at home may consist of sitting on the couch, perching over the kitchen counter or even lying in bed with a laptop. As comfortable as it may all sound, it can actually increase your risk of developing Discomfort, Pain and […]

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Working From Home: PCBU Responsibilities

The nationwide lock-down prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in many workers required to work from home over the next four weeks. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, PCBU’s have a duty to ensure workers are not put at risk by the work they do or by their workplace. If workers […]

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COVID-19: Minimise the Impact on Your Workplace

Coronavirus, aka Covid-19, has undoubtedly affected workplaces across New Zealand and the rest of the world. Workplaces should be taking appropriate measures to minimise the impact the pandemic may cause. Protecting the Workplace The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) requires businesses to mitigate health and safety risks and protect their workers from […]

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Why Health & Safety Plans Must Include Risk Management

Responsiveness is essential for any business’ health and safety procedures, but preventative measures are equally as important. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA 2015), businesses have a responsibility to; (a) to eliminate risks to health and safety, so far as is reasonably practicable; and (b) if it is not reasonably practicable […]

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