Take Some Small Steps to Better Wellbeing

We are living in uncertain times right now. The situation changes daily with new challenges to overcome. We are all feeling the strain. So what can we do to manage the stress and regain some much-needed sense of wellbeing?

Research shows that doing something (no matter how small) is the best way to manage anxiety. There is a lot we can’t control right now but there are also things you can do, and simply taking action can help us feel in control and therefore happier.

Here are some ideas:

  • Connect with others – Helping others is good for you. Solving a challenge for a customer, colleague, or friend not only gives them much needed assistance but is also great for your own sense of wellbeing.
  • Achieve one thing on your to-do list – When you’ve ticked an item off your to-do list the satisfaction of achieving something is powerful. Sometimes the tasks that you put off aren’t so bad after you put your mind to it. Aim to achieve one thing each day to shorten that list and give you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Time out – Do something you enjoy, whether it’s a really great cup of coffee, spending time outdoors, talking to friends, engaging in something constructive – even a jigsaw puzzle! (unlike so much of our normal work activities, a jigsaw rewards you with something to show for your efforts). Give yourself time to switch off and re-energise.
  • Movement – Our bodies weren’t designed to sit at a desk all day. Being active for just 30 minutes a day improves your physical and mental health. Exercise not only gives you a welcome distraction from worries by forcing you to shift focus, but it also prompts your brain to release chemicals that improve your mood.
  • Routine helps – Our normal routines have changed and it’s easy to spend long hours at your desk working and missing out on usual breaks. Try to stick to a routine each day so you control your working hours. And get a good night’s sleep.
  • Reflect – Take time to reflect on your achievements during the day. Those little mindful moments can all add up to a great sense of peace and accomplishment. Something we could do with a bit more of when we’re feeling pressure or stress.

Anxiety and stress are a normal part of everyday life, but not when it takes over. If you’d like more resources for yourself or someone you know, there is lots of information on websites like Beyond BlueHealth Navigator, and Mind.

Health and Safety: Say it Loud and Proud to Lower the Risk

A ‘she’ll be right’ attitude towards health and safety won’t cut it. You’ve got to make a conscious decision to be safe and get everyone in your team thinking about health and safety every step of the way. Here are a few ways to do this effectively:

  • Get real. Sit down as a team (including family) and answer these three questions and then pin them where everyone can see them.
    • “Why do we want a safe and healthy farm?”
    • “What will we do to be a safe and healthy farm?”
    • “How will we make sure everyone who comes to our farm is safe and healthy?”
  • Prioritise it. When you meet with your team, put health and safety at the top of the agenda. Even just spend five minutes discussing any incidents, injuries or near misses, and see if anyone has any suggestions about new or upcoming seasonal risks, or new ways of doing things.
  • Keep it simple. When you’re planning the day’s or season’s work, take a moment to ask “What do we have to look out for?” It doesn’t need to be a formal briefing, just a conscious moment to think about any risks or maintenance issues.
  • Paperwork isn’t enough. Reducing health and safety mishaps isn’t about documents and manuals – it’s about thinking and talking about risks and doing what needs to be done to stay healthy and safe.
  • Be vigilant. Make sure everyone on the farm knows how the risks can change with the time of day, the season, or a person’s emotional or physical state.

If you would like to chat to the Epplett and Co. team about health and safety concerns in your workplace call us on (06) 878 8824.

Health and Safety obligations with employees working from home

It is becoming quite common for employees to decide to work from home for part of the working week. So what are your obligations as an employer when someone from your team makes this decision to do so? As an employer, do you have any obligations at all? The answer is yes, you do.

The definition of place of work includes any place where a person is to work or is working for gain or reward and this includes the worker’s own home if that is used for work. As an employer, it is your duty to take all the necessary steps to prevent harm to your employees when they are at work.

Be sure to check that your employee has adequate resources to perform his or her role and the home office is a safe environment.

This includes ensuring that the home is appropriately furnished and computer equipment is functional.

These elements are essential to maximising productivity but are also crucial when ensuring the health and safety of your team member.

Health and Safety requirements when working from home should be covered when setting out the terms of working from home. To find out if you’re complying with Health and Safety requirements, come and see us.