Why wellbeing in the workplace must start from day one

first_imgWhy wellbeing in the workplace must start from day oneOn 6 Jul 2018 in Return to work and rehabilitation, Sickness absence management, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Previous Article Next Article I For a sustainable and meaningful approach to employee wellbeing, employers need to start from day one of employment with an integrated occupational health and wellbeing strategy, says Carl Laidler.“Wellbeing” is a word often bandied around organisations by HR professionals and senior management. It is done with the best intentions: finding ways to focus on employee health and happiness and, in turn, improve engagement and productivity.However, whilst the legislative occupational health requirements are arguably an easier box to tick, many organisations struggle to establish and maintain a meaningful wellbeing programme that is truly effective and consistently managed.Author detailsCarl Laidler is director of screening programmes at Health ShieldResearch by Health Shield has shown that nearly nine out of 10 employers feel that absence negatively affects their business – yet only four out of 10 have a formal wellbeing strategy in place.Alongside this lack of an internal wellbeing framework, it is also often the case that many companies, particularly smaller ones, don’t know where to turn for external advice.The Government did its best to change this with the launch of its Fit For Work referral service in 2014. In its three years of operation, however, the service was hugely under-utilised and the announcement of its closure last December did not come as a surprise to many.The problem is that Fit for Work was designed as a reactive, as opposed to a proactive and preventative, service. Employees went off sick for four weeks or more, then the service – and only then – kicked in. Even assuming employers and GPs thought to use it.Preventative wellbeing, on the other hand, requires a longer-term strategic approach.Wellbeing in the workplace should begin from day one of an individual’s employment, not once a health issue has been established or upon reaching a certain level of seniority.The wellbeing needs of every individual should be treated on a level playing field in order to instil a culture that prioritises the wellbeing needs of the entire workforce, not just the privileged few.Of course, cost is a major factor in deterring companies from adopting such an approach. More affordable workplace screening initiatives are already available, as are schemes such as health cash plans, which provide an affordable way for companies to offer preventative benefits and services. Such plans provide cashback for everyday health requirements including dental and optical bills, physiotherapy, podiatry and, increasingly, a range of services such as virtual GPs and health screenings.However, before even thinking about such solutions, companies first need to identify the needs of employees. Here, therefore, are three simple steps to follow that should, in my opinion, form the bedrock of every corporate wellbeing strategy:1. Pre-commencement/new starter health questionnaireFirst and foremost, make use of online occupational health questionnaires. There is a range available, tailored to need and stage in the employment journey. By doing so, employers ensure that the wellbeing journey starts even before the employee steps foot in the building.In other words, employee health and wellbeing needs are identified from the outset, making those needs easier to assess and manage in the future. The employee feels valued regardless of rank, increasing engagement from the outset, and relevant preventative measures may be put in place or existing health issues assessed and managed from day one.Next, follow-up with an annual health screening for all employees. These can now start from as little as £35 per employee and are recommended as best practice for any company seeking to maintain the health and wellbeing of employees in the long-term, which of course should be the ultimate goal.In conducting health screens we find that only around one in three people has a good level of exercise. Repeated annually, measurable outcomes can be achieved.Employers should ideally offer screenings within working hours, to ensure accessibility for the full workforce, allowing earlier detection of health issues and enabling preventative measures or treatment to be actioned by a GP as soon as possible.2. Occupational health risk surveillance assessmentsFace-to-face occupational health risk surveillance assessments should be carried out, where legislation dictates and in line with those jobs that require a “Fit for Work” certificate – fork-lift truck drivers, to give just one of many examples.These assessments look at many aspects – including things such as eyesight, hearing and musculoskeletal conditions – and they are designed to assess personal risk and ensure others won’t be put at risk.3. Occupational health management referralsFew companies are lucky enough to have an in-house occupational health professional. But help can be at hand in the shape of free support and referral helplines.Employers and employees may call the dedicated line for advice, support and, if necessary, a referral from an occupational health professional to a relevant wellbeing service – whether that be cognitive behavioural therapy, mental health awareness training for line managers or everyday health services.Some providers now offer all of these services at very affordable rates, meaning that a whole workforce wellbeing approach is achievable.And with the Government reportedly musing over whether companies should report on wellbeing in their annual report and accounts (indeed, some larger companies are already taking the lead and doing so) now is the time to take a sustained and strategic approach. Cost should never be a barrier.Reference“Exploring wellbeing needs in the workplace”, Health Shield, March 2017, https://www.healthshield.co.uk/news/ Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Champlain Orchards in Shoreham featured on national USDA video

first_imgUSDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). Champlain Orchards Inc,Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan tasted some of the best local food products in the US in a new USDA video promoting the Value Added Producer Grant Program. Among those products was Apple Cider Syrup from Vermont. The program is undergoing some changes and USDA is getting out the word.The proposed changes to this already well-utilized USDA program are designed to streamline the application process, expand eligibility and ultimately get these quality local products to market effectively and efficiently.‘This program creates opportunity for farmers, producers and cooperatives to enhance product development and marketing with the goal of increased sales,’ said Molly Lambert, State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire USDA Rural Development.The changes to the Value Added Producer Grant program take effect on March 25, 2011.  In addition to the rule changes, USDA Rural Development is soliciting comments on the interim rule.  For information on how to submit comments, see page 10090 of the February 23, 2011 Federal Register.  http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-3036.pdf(link is external)Champlain Orchards, in Shoreham, VT grows several types of apples and one of their newest products is Apple Cider Syrup featured in the USDA Video announcing the VAPG program changes.  In July 2010, they received a Working Capital Value Added Producer Grant to market their new products. Their web link is www.champlainorchards.com(link is external)To watch the video featuring Deputy Secretary Merrigan, click on the following link: USDA Video: http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/02/23/deputy-agriculture-secretary-announces-…(link is external)USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure, and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in grants, loans and loan guarantees.#last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events November 19 – 25

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Oh Canada! Manitoba Hal and Shawna CaspiFrom the moment he plucks his ukulele and she strums her guitar, powerful and engaging melodies and warm vocals riff through the air and land in the ears of an ever-growing fanbase. Sky Room Café at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15. 7:30 p.m. November 19.Miracle on 34th StreetPossibly delusional, a white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine “Miracle on 34th Street,” spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, and convincing a divorced, cynical single mother, her somber daughter, and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth. Based on the classic movie by the same name and written by Meredith Willson, of The Music Man fame, this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment and the perfect holiday treat. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport. engemantheater.com $69-$74. November 19-January 3.Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones BeachThis brilliantly illuminating 2.5-mile display returns for the second year after a seven-year absence. It will feature new themed displays throughout the park as well as returning favorites including the “12 Days of Christmas” and “Santa’s Beach Party.” The park will also feature an expanded Holiday Village, including a brand new ice skating rink as well as returning favorites, such as pictures with Santa, Holiday Hay Maze, cheerful holiday music and movies, and plenty of refreshments. Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $20 per car. Dusk. Opens November 20.Claudia SchmidtSchmidt’s performance interweaves anecdotes, original compositions and very personalized versions of the work of others, giving her audience a unique look at the world from someone who reveals what she sees with clarity, humor and a sense of wonder. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15. 8 p.m. November 20.Tony BennettFor more than 60 years this American legend has been showered with appreciation by the likes of Bob Hope, Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga and countless others across the globe. This humanitarian artist with a pitch-perfect voice still evokes well-deserved astonishment and praise from audiences everywhere. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $76.50. 8 p.m. November 20, 21.The ProducersThe live performance of this hysterical musical is not to be missed. The story follows two show-biz schemers, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, who concoct a ridiculous plot to make millions on Broadway by promoting a whopping failure, a musical about Hitler. Who’d want to see that clunker? But the joke’s on them. Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. stallercenter.com $52. 8 p.m. November 21.Lucy Kaplansky & Richard ShindellInnovative, original, and spiritual, these legendary performers combine their eclectic love songs to create haunting melodies of adulterous romance and other tantalizing topics. Landmark on Main St., 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $42-$67. 8 p.m. November 21.Whitford/St. HolmesWith Aerosmith and Ted Nugnet’s record-selling fame behind them, these two joined their guitars for one epic tour. Expect incendiary guitar work and lots and lots of mind-bending shreddin! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $30-$75. 7:30 p.m. November 21.Monroe MartinHe twisted his memories as an orphan into comedic brilliance that propelled his career in NYC. Now, the breakout artist is recognized in such venues as Adam Devin’s House Party to Gotham Live on Comedy Central. He’s sure to leave you laughing. Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. November 20, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. November 21.Frank CaliendoWhether it’s his insane antics on MADTV, his sideline snipes and belly busters as Fox NFL Sunday‘s chief prognosticator, or his absolutely knee-slapping, oh-my-God-my-britches-hurt-too-much-from-side-splitting stand-up comedy, this funnyman dishes out the laughter, in over-sized portions. His impressions? Can you say: “Thank you, sir, may we have another?” Of course you will! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$75. 7:30 p.m. November 21.JadakissThe music world can barely contain itself as this rap great’s fourth solo album, Top 5 Dead or Alive, is set to drop November 20th after five years in the making. The track list reads like a who’s who of hip hop, featuring appearances by Puff Daddy, Jeezy, Pharrell, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and more. Always the entertainer, Jadakiss is sure to deliver old favorites like “Knock Yourself Out” and “We Gonna Make It” as he absolutely owns the stage! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15-$50. 10 p.m. November 21.Ronnie SpectorOne of the great voices of the ’60s–known for her work with legendary music producer Phil Spector (her ex) and her group The Ronettes–she’s carved out an illustrious solo career ever since. Her pipes should be in The Smithsonian someday. Ronnie Spector’s voice and style have influenced generations of artists. She’ll be singing her classics, including “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain.” Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $47.50-$65. 8 p.m. November 21.Jackie “The Joke Man” MartlingThe Joke Man’s rapid-fire jokes are legendary. Whether you know him from his 18 years at the Howard Stern Show, his 17 years as the Penthouse joke page writer or his countless TV and film appearances, chances are you’ve heard one of his sharp one-liners. If you come up with a joke that Jackie can’t guess the punchline for, you could win a tee shirt during his classic “Stump the Joke Man” finale. Will he do his version of the notorious “Aristocrats” joke? Fingers crossed. You know the name, you’ve heard him for years on the radio and elsewhere, now see the funny man in person. Uncontrollably laughter, guaranteed! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. November 21.Shadmehr AghiliThe “King of Persian Pop” started out as a child prodigy on piano, violin and guitar in Iran before becoming an actor and movie soundtrack composer. His 1999 album Dehati (“the villager”), was so revolutionary with its pop rhythms and rock ‘n roll sound that Iran banned it. When Iran banned the man himself, forbidding him to work as a singer, musician or to appear on TV, Aghili moved to Canada to continue his recording career. Powerful and mesmerizing, Aghili’s performance will move and inspire you. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$125. 8 p.m. November 21.The Flying DutchmanThe world-renowned Zurich Opera House brings Richard Wagner’s timeless opera to Long Island. Based on 18th century folklore, The Flying Dutchman tells the moving story of a ghostly ship captain doomed to wander the seas forever in search of true love. Baritone Bryn Terfel shines in the company’s contemporary spin on the classic romantic ghost story of doom, gloom and stormy seas. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 2 p.m. November 22.Jennifer NettlesThis country singer/songwriter/musician was born to be onstage. Former lead singer for Sugarland, Soul Miner’s Daughter and the Jennifer Nettles Band, her solo career has taken her musicality and songwriting to new heights. Her 2009 ballad “Stay” won two Grammys. Her lastest album That Girl is a poignant, soul-searching rediscovery of herself. This will be a show to remember, as Nettles performs songs from throughout her 25-year career. With Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50. 7 p.m. November 22.The I Love Chocolate FestSanta Claus, wine tasting, countless choco-creations so tantalizing they will send you to the moon, and a chance to step back in time to the Colonial era and set your imagination free!? Are you serious!? Yes!! This mouth-watering, retro-mondo extravaganza of all that is chocolate, all that is Christmas-y, and all that is blessed, comes just in time for the holiday season and is bound to leave you and your loved ones enjoying not only a chocolate high, but leaving several pounds larger! There will be more than 30 chocolate exhibitors providing too many choco-madness delights to list here, as well as gallons upon gallons of fresh vino from local vineyards, crafts, free samples, and that rare, precious opportunity to celebrate an 1863 Thanksgiving with live fiddle music, children’s games, and mind-altering demos! Costumed interpreters from the 1800s will bring this enchanting era to life! Yes, Yes, and Yes!! Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. lovechocolatefest.com $7-$10. 10 a.m. November 22.Machine HeadWith more than 3 million records under their belt, eight albums and countless fans across the globe, these Oakland, Calif.-based metal demigods will be taking The Mountler by storm, shredding through track after track in support of their latest drop, 2014’s Bloodstone & Diamonds, and plenty more hellfire gems from their expansive career! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. November 24.Andrew McMahon In The WildernessThe former singer, pianist and main songwriter for Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin is touring in support of his latest, last year’s self-titled release. Expect new tunes as well as old fan favorites, with outstanding performances from co-headliner New Politics and special guests The Griswolds & Lolo! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$65. 6:35 p.m. November 25.ZebraLong Island’s own legendary saviors and purveyors of rock (via Louisiana), The Mighty Zebra will be shredding through nearly 40 years of hard rock and metal fueled by the superhuman guitar virtuosity of the beloved Randy Jackson. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $10-$75. 8 p.m. November 25.Funk FilharmonikGroovy harmonies, melodious piano and guitars, a rhythm section to die for and a horn section that simply flat-out rocks, these funksters will get the audience a-movin’ and a-bumpin’ and a-shakin’ long into the night and forever sear the memory of a truly uplifting, kick-ass, hell-yeah celebration into your neuro-synapses! Wow! Not to be missed! Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $30-$40. 8 p.m. November 25.Laughs For Eddie Dunn: Share smiles, laughs and love while helping Eddie and his family beat cancer at The Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore on Dec. 6!Laughs For Eddie DunnEddie Dunn has a big heart. He loves his family and friends, loves playing pool, and loves making people smile. After his father passed away a few years ago, Eddie stepped up to the plate for his family, taking on not only his dad’s responsibilities looking over the well-being of his mother, three sisters and two grandchildren, but continuing to share love and joy to those in desperate need, donning his father’s colorful costume, hat and face paint as a clown alongside his mother, spreading laughter to children and the elderly alike. This must-attend fundraising event is furtherance of that tradition, as comedians take to the mic and tell jokes, now, in Eddie’s honor. Eddie and his family need your help. At 40 years old, Eddie has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, and this sinister disease has spread to his blood and bones. Eddie’s not a quitter, and will never give up the fight, or hope. Come down and share a laugh or three with this special, much loved man. Join Eddie, his family, and friends, in this extraordinary expression of life, love and laughs. Help fight this insidious disease, and help spread some light in the process. If you can’t make it, read more about Eddie, his plight, visit and contribute to Eddie Dunn’s Go Fund Me account: https://www.gofundme.com/Eddie-Dunn-s-story. Eddie, his family, and all his friends Thank You from the bottom of their hearts. The Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. govs.com For tickets, call 516-798-2989 or 516-655-1424. $25 Donation. Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. December 6. Compiled by Timothy Bolger, Spencer Rumsey, Desiree D’orio & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

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Tyus Battle scores career-high 23 points in Syracuse’s 66-62 upset win against No. 9 Virginia

first_imgTwice in a three-minute span, Tyus Battle found himself in a precarious spot: Final seconds bleeding off the shot clock, defenders clogging the paint and no quick outlet pass to make.Without having much time to think, the freshman trudged forward against Virginia’s defense and slid into a pocket of space. He unveiled a jump shot that had never been steadier in any game this season and sunk a pair of baskets with the shot clock flashing red zeroes.Both shots elevated a one-possession lead into two, and were essential in the most important half of basketball SU has played this season.“When the shot clock’s running out, I know it’s a 1-on-1 game,” Battle said. “Usually you have to look for your shot and make something happen. You can get to the line, hit your teammates for an open shot or create space to make your own shot.“I love moments like that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll afternoon, Battle seemed to be making the right choice with the ball in his hands. Most often that meant shooting it himself, leading to a career-high 23 points in Syracuse’s (15-9, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) 66-62 win against No. 9 Virginia (17-5, 7-3). When UVA’s vaunted pack-line defense turned away so many early Orange possessions, Battle was the first Orange player to find answers.He sunk two of Syracuse’s three 3-pointers in the first half, when nearly every other player was unsuccessfully trying for the same contested jumpers. John Gillon and Frank Howard struggled to get in the paint, forcing SU to try and create its own shots from deep. It hasn’t been a strength of this team all season, and it looked just as troubled in the first half.But Battle immediately began blazing a trail to erase a 12-point halftime deficit. He jumpstarted his 13-point second half with a 3 on the first possession.“It was great to see (Battle) answer the bell, because he had been kind of quiet the past couple games,” said Andrew White, who matched Battle’s 23-point performance. “He’s always there right on time. Tonight was his best game of the season.”Given how UVA hedges ball screens, SU had to change the way it ran its offense. Virginia defenders angled themselves toward the paint, blocking any passing lanes for the Orange to work the ball down low.The result was a frustrating passing game for Syracuse, aimlessly swinging the ball around the arc before one player decided his contested shot was better than anyone else’s. So in the second half, Battle led an SU offense that essentially abandoned the ball screen.He was unleashed to freely attack Virginia’s defense, either driving in for his own shot or faking one before making an outlet pass. The repeated attacks up the middle shuffled the Cavaliers’ defense around, and in almost a complete transformation from the first half, Syracuse’s offense was fluidly running against Virginia.Battle only shot 3-for-4 in the second half, but that was emblematic of the more selective attacks from SU that allowed it to shoot 73.7 percent from the field.MORE COVERAGEWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 66-62 comeback win over No. 9 VirginiaBoeheim’s 1,000th* win brings importance to a once-lost seasonJim Boeheim on unofficial 1,000 wins: ‘I know how many wins I’ve had’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 4, 2017 at 6:10 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmancenter_img “He’s composed out there,” Tyler Roberson said of Battle. “For him to play big like that and score 20-something points, not a lot of freshman can do that.”The finishing touches of Battle’s afternoon came with 29 seconds on the clock and Syracuse clinging to a two-point lead. But contrary to the rest of the game, Battle wasn’t trying to knife through Cavaliers. He was still and composed at the free-throw line, where he had already missed twice from earlier.This time, both shots fell through. It wasn’t long after that when Syracuse fans swarmed the court, celebrating the momentous upset and milestone win for Jim Boeheim.On a day that will make headlines for the accomplishments by the 41-year head coach, Boeheim took a moment to acknowledge his star freshman guard. Because Battle, in a sea of optimism suddenly blanketing the Orange, is as promising as anything else Syracuse has going for it.“Tyus was great,” Boeheim said. “This is the best game he’s played. He was fabulous.” Commentslast_img read more

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