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Finding That Work-life Balance on The Farm

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A work-life balance is key to increased health, wellbeing and productivity. But how does this work for farmers in reality? Farmer, father and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) researcher Kieran tells us. Finding that work-life balance on the farm and at WIT took some learning curves before Kieran found a good fit. Kieran Sullivan is a farmer but also works part time as an information communication technology researcher. […]

NOTES: Finding That Work-life Balance on The Farm

Kieran who combines his farm work with his employment at WIT had to reduce working days from five to four. Then from four to three days per week.

Go to Farmers Journal (link below) to read more, so much more …


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How To Keep A Strong Company Culture For Desk-Less Workers

Desk-less workers will include healthcare professionals, construction workers, retail employees, manufacturing and transportation workers, and they make up over 80% of the total workforce. But how can companies ensure these types of employees feel included and informed?

Workforce management systems have played a large role in making communication easy and accessible for all employees and business leaders. For example, fatigue management systems monitor hours worked, tasks performed, breaks taken and time off scheduled to flag employees that may be at risk of becoming fatigued.

These workforce and workplace management tools allow for employees to stay in contact with their managers and business leaders. They also enhance the employee experience by allowing them to feel connected.

Recommendations 

Step Away: As an employee or employer, recognize that stepping away (for a break) can increase productivity in the long run. So take that holiday without any guilty feeling.

Check In: As a leader, cultivate a happy and healthy team by staying in contact with your team. Make sure you know what they are working on, recognize accomplishments more regularly and determine if they are experiencing any issues with work or their work-life balance.

Utilize Flexible Scheduling: Allow for a flexible schedule, especially for people who are simultaneously juggling work, childcare, second jobs or supporting other family members. More so, there are growing alternatives to the traditional 9—5 work schedule.

Beyond burnout and fatigue, winning the war for talent will require companies to rethink the way they plan for and accommodate workers’ needs.

Go to Forbes and read more …


Pets Welcomed at Work. Wishful thinking or the future of office life

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. But almost 80 per cent of the country’s employers are not pet friendly, or do not allow pets in the office at all. This is due to fears of disruption, noise and mess.

According to a recent Mars Petcare report of more than 1000 respondents, over half of Australia’s pet owners would be open to taking a new job if their prospective employer supported pets in the workplace.

The wellbeing benefits of pet ownership are well known. They good for our cardiovascular health. And they are also shown to reduce rates of loneliness, depression and even boost productivity.

Animal friendly offices have great effects on employees. With pets around, there’s a regular reason to pop outside for fresh air and a break which is incredibly beneficial for people’s mindset.

A 2017 study published by the US National Library of Medicine found that dog-friendly work settings mitigate the demands of the modern workplace. They do this by amplifying employee wellbeing and subsequently, productivity.

Concerns and flexibility

While safety, cleanliness and consideration for other employees are the main roadblocks to a pet-friendly paradise, a flexible working environment can make provisions. Sections or floors where pets are accepted, as well as no-go areas can be created.

As for perceptions of pets fighting in the office, it won’t be different from someone taking their pet to any other public place. Antisocial behaviour is much more likely to occur in a park or street than in a neutral territory like an office. At the end of the day, a pet is the owners responsibility and that shouldn’t be any different in the office.

And, it’s common sense to keep pets near you and not bothering ‘Stephen in accounts’ who doesn’t like animals.


Recommended: The Third Space according to Adam Fraser is the transitional gap in between what we do. It’s not what we do, it’s what we do in between what we do that is most important.


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