Workplace Wellness

The "I" in Influenza

March 29, 2018
Influenza can have devastating effects on our personal and work lives. Absenteeism, loss of productivity, associated health issues and even death can all result from the flu. In this blog, Fit For Work Occupational Health Nurse and Service Coordinator Shona Urquhart talks about the importance of getting immunised to keep yourself and those around you safe this season. Influenza season is just around the corner and it can have a huge impact on workplaces across all industries. It infects about...

When you work too much

March 9, 2018
Fit For Work Clinical Manager Randa Abbasi explores the essence of work/life balance in part one of this blog series. Later this month she will discuss practical ways to achieve a greater sense of balance in our lives. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony” - Thomas Merton. Having a healthy balance between your work and home life can feel like an uphill struggle at times. It’s no secret that life can be...

Working in hot weather

February 15, 2018
Did you know that New Zealand has the highest melanoma rate in the world, with more than 4000 Kiwis diagnosed with it each year? More than 300 people also die from it annually. To help prevent damage from the sun, including melanoma, you should always: wear a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen and reapply it at least every two hours cover up with loose-fitting clothes wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a wide brimmed hat to protect your neck and...

Healthy Habit Hero - Dr David Beaumont

December 4, 2017
Fit For Work Director Dr David Beaumont was recently selected to be Synergy Health's "Healthy Habit Hero". Here's what he had to say: As I look out of my Cromwell office window at the blue sky and sun reflecting off the last vestiges of snow on the mountains I feel gratitude for arriving in Central Otago 12 years ago. It was a family holiday from the UK. We never left! I’m an Occupational Physician – a rare breed of doctor,...

Bringing Mindfulness to Work Part 2

October 10, 2017
We often try to be efficient by multitasking at work. However, multi-tasking is really a myth: it is actually our attention having to take repeated, rapid changes in direction. It gets our brain fired up on adrenaline, so we feel superficially alert – like the effect of caffeine. This uses up a lot of energy and can leave us feeling drained by the end of the day. This approach to work also undermines our ability to pay attention. This has...

STEPtember Update

September 25, 2017
At just half way through STEPtember, Fit For Work had already completed a total number of 7,527,200 steps and counting! We have been busy stepping up and down the country. A group of us recently walked the Mount Somers Track and it was a great day full of sweat, tears and laughter. There were some beautiful views at the end when we reached Woolshed Creek Hut. If you are keen for a fun adventure with the family, this overnight tramp...

What is mindfulness?

September 12, 2017
If you’ve been paying attention recently, you’re likely to know about mindfulness. It’s the art of taking notice of what is currently happening around you and within you. It may be a thought, a feeling, a physical sensation, another person or things. It’s all about fully experiencing the present moment, rather than planning for tomorrow or thinking about yesterday. “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” Jon Kabat-Zinn. While mindfulness has been...

Fit For Work putting the spring into STEPtember

September 7, 2017
Hi everyone and welcome to the first Fit For Work (FFW) STEPtember blog. I’m your host Rhondda and I’ll will be updating you throughout the month on the trials and tribulations of STEPtember. Over the next month, I’ll be showing off our wonderful FFW teams and how we have been competing (competing? This isn’t a competition is it?) in STEPtember this year. We have 14 amazing teams participating throughout the country, which means more than half of our staff are...

How to best manage your pain in the workplace

July 24, 2017
How to best manage your pain in the workplace Remaining in work, despite persistent pain, is normally a good idea. Satisfying work is important for our wellbeing, whereas, long term absence and unemployment can have negative effects on our health. In addition to the financial benefit, employment challenges us, gives us purpose and offers opportunities to socialise. Fit For Work physiotherapist Geraldine Kelly says chronic pain is usually defined as having pain on most days for at least three months....

What is Presenteeism and how can it affect your business?

April 4, 2017
All employers know the disruption absenteeism can cause in the workplace, but most are unlikely to have thought about presenteeism and the fallout from it. Presenteeism is when employees turn up to work but are unfit to do their job because of poor physical or mental health. It’s an increasing trend that is costing businesses across the world billions of dollars each year. Absences due to sickness or injury cost New Zealand businesses $1.45 billion a year, yet data from...