Workplace Wellness Report 2021

The Workplace Wellness report 2021 has just been released.

Undertaken every two years by Southern Cross Health Insurance and BusinessNZ, the report is now in its fifth edition.

Unsurprisingly there has been an increase in workplace flexibility with more businesses offering a work from home option.  While most employees find this positive there has also been an increase in the feelings of isolation.  Overall businesses report an increase in stress levels around workload.

Organic week

Along with celebrating Te reo this week it is also Organic week throughout the country.

A listing of events associated with Organic week can be found here

With a growing interest in organic products here are some of the library resources that may interest those who are either working with organic products or considering developing or diversifying into that field.
Read Organic NZ online via Overdrive
Organic NZ.
“Organic NZ is filled with info to live a healthier lifestyle – for you and the planet! Published by the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, working since 1941 for sustainable organic agricultural and good health. Topics range from home garden to large-scale success stories; eco-building; urban organics; genetic engineering & chemical issues; food matters & natural health.” (Catalogue)

Some hands on advice for regenerative gardening comes in this new book by a New Zealand market gardener. Available in both hard copy and e-format 

The abundant garden : a practical guide to growing a regenerative home garden / Kay, Niva
“Niva and Yotam Kay of Pakaraka Permaculture, on the Coromandel Peninsula of Aotearoa New Zealand, share their long experience of organic gardening in this comprehensive book on how to create and maintain a productive and regenerative vegetable garden. Taking care of the soil life and fertility provides plants with what they need to thrive. This is grounded in the latest scientific research on soil health, ecological and regenerative practices.” (Catalogue)

If you wish to know more about building organically, or in an eco-friendly, sustainable fashion then you will glean some ideas from
The sustainable house handbook : how to plan and build an affordable, energy-efficient and waterwise home for the future / Byrne, Josh
“The Sustainable House Handbook is your comprehensive guide to building an affordable, eco-friendly and energy, plus water-efficient green home for the future. In this book, sustainability expert and Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne takes takes readers through the process of planning a 10-Star rated high-performance home according to the Australian Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), and outlines how it is possible to build with conventional materials, in an accessible and cost-effective way.” (Catalogue)

If you wish to reduce synthetic chemical cleaning products in your home then checkout
Fresh clean home : making your own natural cleaning products / Graham, Wendy
“Discover how to make your own cleaning products to maintain a germ-free home whilst avoiding a cocktail of chemicals. Reap the potential health and environmental benefits of natural products with these organic and environmentally friendly mixtures. Using a base of essential oils and natural ingredients, these cleaning products are easy, eco-friendly and as effective as any shop-bought mix.” (Catalogue)

You can learn how to make your own skin care and hygiene products with
Botanical soaps : a modern guide to making your own soaps, shampoo bars and other beauty essentials / Tarallo, Marta
“Learn how to simplify your beauty regime with Botanical Soaps as this book shows you how to create your own beauty products using all natural ingredients. Demystify your skin type and discover how to combat bathroom plastic, minimize your routine by making your own soaps, shampoo bars and other beauty products including, lip butters, cleansers, bath salts and natural deodorants. Botanical Soaps is a beautiful and inspiring guide that will encourage you to green up your beauty regime with all natural, organic projects that are kinder to both the planet and your skin”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Toxic work cultures

IN recent weeks reports have emerged about the toxic culture impacting several New Zealand organisations and the impacts on the health and wellbeing of those who work for or with those organisations.

A toxic work environment is one where there is, among many things,  mistrust of others, high turn over of staff, bullying, lack of communication, unrealistic goals and general incivility towards others.

This environment has implications not only for individuals but also organisational productivity and reputation.  
In 2003 Andrea Needham wrote the first book on Workplace Bullying  (since updated) and this info is still relevant today.

More recently (2020) MBIE released an issues paper on Bullying and Harassment at work

outlining  “…what we know about the nature and extent of bullying and harassment at work in New Zealand,” along with examining current systems for preventing and responding to such behaviour.

WCL’s collection also has a range of resources for those who find themselves facing the challenges of a toxic workplace.

The article How to Deal With a Work Bully lists some steps for coping when faced with a nasty workmate.

Bully blocking at work : a self-help guide for employees and managers (2012) by Evelyn M. Field can be downloaded in e-book format

Written by an experienced psychologist this book helps the reader to understand the toxic, destructive impact of bullying on all employees — whether they are targets, bullies or onlookers — and provides advice for coping and confronting bullying, from both a personal and organisational perspective.

Also available for download as an e-book is :

How to deal with toxic people : clever ways to handle manipulative, difficult, & sensitive people using emotional intelligence (2018) By Bob Scott

While common in the workplace, toxic people are also encountered in families and social relationships.  This book highlights “… several ways of dealing with difficult, immature and toxic people” and reveals how to “deal with several traits accompanied with social toxicity” as well as advising how to manage your emotions and responses around toxic behaviors.

For those seeking an audiobook resource there is Robert Sutton’s  The asshole survival guide : how to deal with people who treat you like dirt (2017)

Stanford professor Robert Sutton offers practical advice on identifying and tackling any kind of asshole — based on research into groups from uncivil civil servants to French bus drivers, and 8,000 emails that he has received on asshole behaviour. With expertise and humour, he provides a cogent and methodical game-plan to fight back.

In print, and available when library doors are once again open to the public is this new addition from Peter Economy

Wait, I’m working with who?!? : the essential guide to dealing with difficult coworkers, annoying managers, and other toxic personalities (2021)

Described as “… the go-to guide on working with anyone in your office–from the difficult or negative to the toxic and destructive–whether they are your manager, a team member, or someone who’s just waiting out the clock. Chock-full of useful advice that will make your workday happier and more productive.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources.  All enquiries are treated in confidence.


Mental health and wellbeing resources

In times of uncertainty it’s normal to feel anxious and stressed.  Whether you are a business owner whose business has had  to shut down abruptly or an essential worker trying to juggle home demands with work requirements,   these are some of the online support services available.

New research out today has found   “… a significant increase in the number of New Zealanders turning to digital health services for support during covid”.

Just a Thought   offers free online course Staying on Trackto help you tackle worry and stress, so you can take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing”. 

 The Mental Health Foundation  has a range of resources to support individuals or help others close to those who may be struggling.

Their Open Minds e-learning is designed to  “… help people managers to support employees experiencing mental distress or illness at work”.

Site Safe  offers up some Tools for Mental Health particularly for those in the construction and allied industries

There is government financial support available for businesses and more about business entitlements can be found here

Take care of yourself and take care of each other.   Stay safe.