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Why a fruit bowl is not a wellness plan

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that wellness at their workplace consisted of a fruit bowl, I’d be able to buy an orchard and go into the fruit business myself. Obviously, a fruit bowl is not the juiciest segment of a wellness plan. Don’t get me wrong, I like a fruit bowl. It’s a great start to supporting employee health. However, the weekly fruit bowl doesn’t fulfil all of employees’ wellness needs. At best, it’s a tasty starter. At worst, it’s a “tick and flick” taste test that shows a company “cares”.   Go for larger fruit A fruit bowl can be a bite-sized element of a more substantial strategic approach to wellness. With a more satisfying strategy, you can achieve full organisational change. Ask yourself the...

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Fuel your fire to ignite your career

Being on top of your game is essential at work. However, you need to feed your focus in order to deliver your best. I once worked with a workplace leader who was, by all accounts, very talented. She made strong decisions, had a clear vision for success, and she took a practical and realistic approach to her work. Let’s call her “Sue”. Sue was also a mum, a wife, and a friend. Sue won promotion, leading a considerable change project. However, shortly after taking up the role, the wheels started to fall off.   What prompted this failure to gain traction? Suddenly, Sue had to deal with a difficult manager, a huge workload and a workplace culture where there was very little room for error. The cumulative effect was enormous. Sadly, I watched a...

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Why you should be working like an athlete

As an athlete taut with exertion steps onto the winner's podium and grasps the golden moment, the sense of achievement is palpable. Months, years, even decades of training have gone into reaching that apex. It has been a long and arduous road, full of detours and delays, littered with hurdles, but they've won.   Getting to the top Elite athletes employ a variety of training methods to gain that edge that will take them to the pinnacle. Many utilise a “highs” and “lows” approach to allow for “challenges” and “recovery”. High-performance coaches term this approach “periodic training” - short, high-intensity exercise periods alternated with periods of rest. Sometimes, using sport as a metaphor or guide to high performance at work can be misaligned (elite athletes are highly motivated people, whereas the...

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Christchurch’s best kept secret and why you’re missing out

Take a seat – any seat – as I reveal Christchurch’s best kept secret. Or perhaps glance out the car window as you remain stuck at the lights while another one goes past. What is it? It's the city’s bus service. I know. “Accessibility” might be the buzzword but to many people (including me up until recently) a bus is more like a giant obstacle on wheels. Under a drive for a more “accessible city”, the council plans to upgrade the travel network. With glorious green spaces, Manchester Street will “support key bus routes”, while “enhanced one-way systems” will get us around the city more efficiently. We will even have “super stop” bus facilities to complement the new Bus Interchange. Sadly, for now, the bus service remains a secret. Why? Because...

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Why midlife is so bloody tough and what to do about it

While writing my psychology honours research on midlife adults a few years ago, I made a list of major life events and milestones that happened during that period. I realised that during the ages of 30 and 60, the average person will, in no particular order: Start or already be in a serious relationship Get married Buy a house and attempt to maintain it Commit to a career building job Try to have children Realise children may or may not happen Have children and learn how to parent Take parental leave away from the workforce Sell a house and buy another one Get pets Care for ageing parents Be promoted, made redundant, and/or start again in another career field Experience major change at work Become totally responsible for reoccurring bills and...

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