Stress at Work, Management and Prevention

first_img Previous Article Next Article Stress at Work, Management and PreventionOn 7 Mar 2006 in Personnel Today Stress at Work, Management and PreventionAuthor: Jeremy StranksPrice: 19.99 Pages: 232Publisher: Butterworth-HeinemannISBN: 0750665424According to the Health and Safety Executive, workplace stress is currently the fastest growing cause of absence from work. It is the ‘bad back’ of the 21st century. This comprehensive text by Jeremy Stranks should therefore find its way onto the bookshelves of risk managers, HR professionals, management lecturers, trainers and health and safety officers. School-prefect types will absorb it with vigour and perhaps paralyse their organisations with politically correct red tape, while go-getters may dismiss it as fodder for ambulance-chasing law firms. It would be a terrible shame, however, if that’s as far as it goes. This is a hot topic, and the book ought to be read and responded to sensibly by everyone. But will it? The problem with many texts on ‘worthy’ matters, especially if linked with the dreaded ‘c’ word – compliance – is that the only people who care about such matters are already dealing with them. In other words, the author is preaching to the converted. What’s more, so many of these types of books are really dull. Not in this case.Stranks has written a veritable bible on the topic, breaking down the key components in such a way as to make it quite compelling reading. I picked up this book to review it on a train journey, thinking that the only way I would read such a tome would be as a prisoner of our rail network – a stressful enough experience in itself. However, I found myself reading it willingly and with interest. I almost missed my stop.It’s easy to dip in and out of, well referenced and undoubtedly well researched.Hopefully, it will sell to lots of CEOs and company directors in airport bookshops and do us all a favour. Perhaps if it came with the optional title of Really Sexy Ideas For Increasing Shareholder Value it would sell millions. Stress at work may not be a sexy subject, but it can significantly affect shareholder value both positively and negatively. It needs to be responsibly and sensibly managed, and this book provides an excellent starting point. Useful? Four starsWell-written? Four starsPractical? Five starsInspirational? Three starsValue for money? Four starsOverall Four starsReviewed by Janet Davies, founder and editor, The New Life Network Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Can the Upper Bald River Gorge Finally Be Protected?

first_imgIt’s Now or Never. By Pat ByingtonLast February, I traveled to Tennessee to see Bald River Falls, one of the most visited waterfalls in the region. Visually spectacular at over 80 feet high, Bald River Falls is the gateway to the Bald River Wilderness Area.It was a rainy and chilly 33 degrees, the bridges were freezing over, and to my surprise on that late February afternoon, the Tellico River, alongside the Bald River, was teeming with kayakers. Slowly passing by people in wetsuits, carrying their kayaks, I peered at the cars and license plates on the side of the road: Pennsylvania, New York, Iowa, Texas, Colorado and Oregon. These people were serious whitewater enthusiasts and the reason they had chosen to be in rural Tennessee on a wet and bone-chilling weekend in the middle of winter was because of the Tellico River’s clean and clear rushing waters.It’s not just the kayakers who have discovered this outdoor paradise. Throughout the year, fly fishers, hunters, horseback riders, hikers, backpackers, and thousands of windshield tourists journey to Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. Along with year round recreational opportunities, outdoor related businesses from local sandwich shops to outdoor manufacturers (one of the largest maker of kayaks in the world is Jackson Kayaks in Sparta, Tenn.) are locating near protected lands and rivers in Tennesee. The outdoor recreation industry in Tennessee alone generates $8.2 billion in consumer spending each year and creates 83,000 jobs.An entrepreneur once told me that every successful business needs a “special sauce,” that extra “something” that separates a place, product or business apart from all the others.For Tennessee’s wilderness areas, clean and clear water is the ‘special sauce’.And the reason the surrounding streams, creeks and rivers are so clean and clear is because the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 1984 made it so.It was signed by President Ronald Reagan. Three decades later, Reagan would be proud of the bill he signed into law, but I imagine he would say today the job is not finished.Back in 1984, one of Reagan’s closest friends and allies in the South, Governor Lamar Alexander, was also a champion of the original Tennessee Wilderness Act. Today, Senators Alexander and Bob Corker have introduced a new Tennessee Wilderness Act three times in the past four years.Upon passage, this bill will permanently protect the headwaters of the Upper Bald River by designating one new wilderness area, The Upper Bald River Wilderness, and by adding additional acreage to five others in the Cherokee National Forest, assuring kayakers, fishermen, hunters, local businesses and future generations will forever have clean and clear water.This month, Congress will have its last chance to pass the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013. If you care about the outdoors, if you care about the local economy, and if you care about clean and clear water, now more than ever, your member of Congress needs to hear from you. Tell them that you support the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013. Tell them that they should support Tennessee’s senators and finish the job.And then, read them President Reagan’s own words: “I just have to believe that with love for our natural heritage and a firm resolve to preserve it with wisdom and care, we can and will give the American land to our children, not impaired, but enhanced. And in doing this, we’ll honor the great and loving God who gave us this land in the first place.”–Pat Byington is the Executive Director of Wild South.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Loan Funding to Beemac Trucking, LLC, Enabling Job Creation in Beaver County

first_img Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a low-interest loan approval through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) for Beemac Trucking, LLC in Beaver County. The funding will enable the construction of a new full-service maintenance and repair facility in Ambridge Borough and will support the combined creation and retention of more than 200 full-time jobs.“This approval provides the critical access to capital that is needed for Beemac Trucking to grow,” Governor Wolf said. “For the past 35 years, this company has had great success in Beaver County, and we are proud to support its expansion and continued growth right here in Pennsylvania.”Beemac Trucking, LLC provides asset-based trucking, logistics, port, warehousing, and specialized services to customers throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The company was approved for a $1,573,087, 15-year loan at a 3 percent rate through the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development. The funding will be used for construction of an eight-bay state-of-the-art maintenance facility and a service shop with a 110-space paved truck and trailer marshaling area.The total project cost is $3,146,173. The project will enable the company to create 24 full-time jobs while retaining 190 full-time jobs within three years.In 2019, PIDA has approved a total of $21,596,780 in low interest loans that have resulted in $39,022,719 in private investment and supported 643 created and retained full-time jobs. PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to Pennsylvania businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA. PIDA is currently offering interest rates between 2 and 3 percent for applications received by October 1, 2019.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 03, 2019center_img Governor Wolf Announces Loan Funding to Beemac Trucking, LLC, Enabling Job Creation in Beaver Countylast_img read more