Posted in abuse, anxiety, happiness, interpersonal relationships, positive self talk, stress, toxic people, workplace health

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is very difficult to identify and even more difficult to prove. It’s sly, underhanded, artful and calculated. It’s important to know it is happening to you and it is important to notice it might be happening to someone else. Emotional abusers often have their reasons. It that awful cycle of abuse where you have been abused and you become the abuser. Emotional abuse can occur in the home , at work, from society at large …people. Unless we are clear about what it is and how to manage it then victims will continue to suffer. It can have dire consequences. A person can be so robbed of themselves, their hopes and dreams until they are in despair and dysfunctional. The worst thing is they have nothing to show anyone. Just what they think and how they feel. It has to be stopped like any other form of abuse and knowledge is power. The image straightens it out in people’s head. It helps clarify what is going on. There are some excellent sites which identify emotional abuse behaviour and symptoms. It is something we can deal with if we get the awareness out there as we have done with so many other things. Healthy Place looks at the short and long term effects of emotional abuse.

Pinterest also has some good help.

Posted in Global workplace study, leadership, workplace health

Employee Attitudes

  • The desire for security trumps everything.
  • Employees understand they are responsible for their long-term financial and physical health but they doubt their ability to take on this role.
  • Mobility is at a decade-long low point, and many are sacrificing career growth for a secure job.
  • Confidence in leaders and managers is disturbingly low. 
These are the major findings of the Tower’s Watson2010 Global Workplace Study and the results for Australia are available if you pay for them.  Interesting considering what I blogged in my last post. People do need stability and they are finding it hard to manage the long hours, the intense work requirements because of cost cutting and staff shortages and then the belief they are just numbers to be shifted around according to a money determined formula which increases profit for the company and harder working conditions for those employed. When you are constantly pushed and you are having to do too much and no one listens, then yes, you find it hard to be responsible for your health and the long term effects of this are now becoming evident. We need to make changes to increase the health of our workers. Money is not everything. Stability is important for long term success.It is interesting confidence in leadership is low. Perhaps because leaders are distant from the employees and are in their own leadership bubble, perhaps because leaders are short tenure in many places and perhaps because people see leaders doing very well financially and in their positions whereas they are struggling and stressed.
Posted in green buildings, wellbeing, workplace health

Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome was frequently in the news because the air circulation in buildings had increasingly become a problem for people working in those buildings. There has been a big swing to green buildings  and better designed buildings. It is always of concern when people do not have access to fresh air in their buildings. I wonder if we have improved the situation or if it is just forgotten? The symptoms are:
  • Headache
  • Eye, nose, and throat
  • Dry cough
  • Dry, itchy skin, rashes
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to odours 
This site gives some very good information about the situation last year and then the sort of things which cause the problems, so if we are still looking at our buildings , this site gives us a good starting point.