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

Habitat use and spatial fidelity of male South American sea lions during the nonbreeding period

first_imgConditions experienced during the nonbreeding period have profound long-term effects on individual fitness and survival. Therefore, knowledge of habitat use during the nonbreeding period can provide insights into processes that regulate populations. At the Falkland Islands, the habitat use of South American sea lions (Otaria flavescens) during the nonbreeding period is of particular interest because the population is yet to recover from a catastrophic decline between the mid-1930s and 1965, and nonbreeding movements are poorly understood. Here, we assessed the habitat use of adult male (n = 13) and juvenile male (n = 6) South American sea lions at the Falkland Islands using satellite tags and stable isotope analysis of vibrissae. Male South American sea lions behaved like central place foragers. Foraging trips were restricted to the Patagonian Shelf and were typically short in distance and duration (127 ± 66 km and 4.1 ± 2.0 days, respectively). Individual male foraging trips were also typically characterized by a high degree of foraging site fidelity. However, the isotopic niche of adult males was smaller than juvenile males, which suggested that adult males were more consistent in their use of foraging habitats and prey over time. Our findings differ from male South American sea lions in Chile and Argentina, which undertake extended movements during the nonbreeding period. Hence, throughout their breeding range, male South American sea lions have diverse movement patterns during the nonbreeding period that intuitively reflects differences in the predictability or accessibility of preferred prey. Our findings challenge the long-standing notion that South American sea lions undertake a winter migration away from the Falkland Islands. Therefore, impediments to South American sea lion population recovery likely originate locally and conservation measures at a national level are likely to be effective in addressing the decline and the failure of the population to recover.last_img read more

Délifrance UK

first_imgFrench bakery manufacturer Délifrance UK (Wigston, Leics) is continuing to extend the grab-and-go market with the launch of four ranges of added-value ranges including sweet pastry baskets, filled croissants, filled brioches and a unique deep swirl of French croissant pastry. Délifrance UK’s marketing controller Lucy Pickersgill explains: “The market for new and innovative snacks to eat on-the-go is constantly evolving, with consumers demanding more choice and variety in Continental morning goods and more fruit-based alternatives to meet their five-a-day intake. We are continuing to develop our traditional Viennoiserie recipes for the British market.”last_img read more

Hot topics

first_imgFrom bread weights to salt to carbon footprints, a special FOB panel, representing a cross-section of the industry, discussed the pros and cons for the bakery trade.Chairman Sylvia Macdonald, edi-tor, British Baker [SM]: Should bread weights be deregulated?Joe Street, managing director, Fine Lady Bakeries [JS]: I’m fairly ambivalent about it – what will be will be. Having said that, millers are concerned that deregulation of bread weights could lead to lower bread weights, which could, in turn, lead to a reduction in flour consumption in the UK.Ian Bentley, trading executive, Marks & Spencer [IB]: A determinant should be the customer. What we should be doing is responding to what we see the customer wants. People are eating more varied diets within the same family. The idea that one size fits all is starting to go away. So that could militate towards deregulation and enable us to be selling products in pack sizes that customers want – rather than something that has been dictated.The only counter-argument is that we don’t want to be conning people. If there were a sense that [deregulated bread weights] would lead to a bigger loaf, but with more air in it, then I don’t think that’s a direction we should go in.Dr Andrew Wadge, chief scientist, Food Standards Agency [AW]: The FSA’s point of view would be making sure that consumers do actually get what they think they’re going to get. In other words, if it says it’s 400g then it really is 400g. But we have no particular attachments to what we see is an historical issue.Professor Robert Pickard, director general, The British Nutrition Foundation [RP]: I don’t think it’s critical in nutritional terms; what does matter is that the consumer can rely on the weight of the product. What really matters is the nutritional value within the product.SM: I’ve been told the FSA is setting up an experiment to ascertain the salt levels necessary in bread. If so, what kind of outcomes are the FSA looking at?AW: I’m not aware of any particular experiment that’s being set up at the moment, but I am aware that discussions have been taking place around the technical issues of reducing salt in making bread – there is a particular performance problem with high-protein flours. It seems there is a need for research in this area to help in our overall goal in reducing salt intake.We may be able to help by funding some research in this area in partnership with the baking industry. In terms of the outcome, it’s absolutely clear what we want, and that’s bread with lower levels of salt. Even though the actual levels of salt in bread are quite low, bread still accounts for around 17% of our salt intake, so we would encourage further reductions to build on the good work that’s already been done.JS: The grave consideration is that it makes food exceptionally bland; there is also the concern that not all imported food has had salt reduced or that all food industries are being treated the same.IB: We have been reducing the salt in our bread for some time. The RDA is 6g, which is not a lot of salt. But I would say bread is not the worst culprit by any means. There does need to be a threshold of flavour and taste that we need to be careful of. We don’t support a world of utterly bland food. We want to do the right thing, but first and foremost, food is a fantastic thing that should taste great.RP: The taste sensation you get from salt is entirely relative. What determines the taste is not what you have on your tongue at the moment, it’s what you had on your tongue recently. That influences your perception. As long as a group of food companies moves together with similar and related products to reduce salt, then they should be able to take quite a lot of salt out of the diet and achieve quite significant public health benefits. Here, the various food associations have a specific role to play in coordinating the withdrawal of added salt.SM: We’ve seen M&S make a stand about corporate social responsibility [CSR], and other supermarkets too. But without a common approach, won’t we just have the same chaos that we had over labelling with GDA nutrition labels for some and traffic lights for others? Are we in danger of not achieving what the consumer wants, which is meaningful progress towards sustainability and the reduction of impact on climate change?IB: There has been confusion over traffic lights and labelling. I think we’re at an early stage of this level of consciousness [about sustainability]. I think things will shake out and consumers will become better informed. They will start to dictate the kind of information they want and we will respond to that. Over the years I have seen many attempts to create industry standards, industry marks and quality assurance schemes of one sort or another. I think they can work, but in my experience an awful lot of time will be spent arguing the toss about what the rules and regulations for adherence to the marks should be. That could be time better spent actually getting on with it and improving the quality.JS: There was a study done on carbon footprints for a loaf of bread in the not-too-distant past and there was the suggestion that bread is in pretty good shape in that respect. I think bread doesn’t have anything like the level of carbon footprint as a lot of other foods.RP: There is no doubt some companies pay lip service to CSR and don’t plan it in properly. No industry can really ignore the fact that it has the power to change our society and every individual has the moral responsibility to look after their fellow man. Every element of your company should have some aspect of social responsibility built into that individual department’s strategy.There is still a huge debate in the scientific community about whether or not carbon dioxide emissions, for example, contribute to global warming or are a result of global warming, because of the increased productivity that occurs in plant life as the earth’s temperature rises. So, while we should guard against unnecessary waste, because the resources for life on this planet are very limited, the fact that we should go completely overboard in analysing everything that we do to achieve some rather theoretical end point – that’s highly debatable. A lot more deliberation will be necessary before we get farmers creeping out in the middle of the night to reduce the methane emissions of their cows! n—-=== From the floor ===l Christina Ramsay, Allied Technical Centre, on proposals to deregulate breadweightsAssociated British Foods’ position is mainly to support the deregulation of prescribed quantities, because it allows a greater playing field for trading in Europe. It also provides greater consumer choice, and would give us a greater opportunity for listening to what the consumer actually wants.l Chris Dabner, NA, on suggestions craft bakers aren’t complying with FSA salt reduction targetsIt is up to our members to decide exactly what the salt levels are in their bread. But I would refer you to a study by Hertfordshire Trading Standards, which compared salt levels two to three years ago to salt levels a year ago in craft bread and there was a decrease. So I think you can say that the craft industry is cooperating with the aims of the FSA.l Alex Waugh, NABIM, on pressures on UK wheat supplyStocks are, relatively speaking, at the lowest levels they have ever been. So we’re delicately poised and the markets will respond dramatically to any shocks in terms of poor harvest or bad weather.Whereas, in the past, we have seen price deflation over time, certainly in real terms, that is less likely to be so in the future and we’ll have to get used to that idea.last_img read more

Indiana observes its 9,000th COVID-19 fatality

first_img WhatsApp Indiana observes its 9,000th COVID-19 fatality Twitter Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articlePence heading home after the new administration beginsNext articlePop-up vaccination clinic coming to South Bend this weekend Tommie Lee CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – January 19, 2021 1 207 (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Indiana has recorded its 9000th COVID-19 death.On Tuesday there were 126 newly reported deaths, raising the toll to 9,092. If presumptive COVID deaths are included, the state actually reached the milestone eight days ago, and sits at 9,466.Tuesday was the second straight day under 3000 new cases, with 2,756 reported statewide. The 7-day positivity rate is also on the decline and is at its lowest since early November. Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Waitrose uses customer reviews for marketing drive

first_imgSupermarket giant Waitrose has launched a new marketing campaign using customer reviews to highlight the quality of its in-store products.The Top Rated campaign highlights products that have been given a five-star rating from online Waitrose shoppers.The comments left on the site are then quoted on shelf-edge point of sale (PoS) featuring the five-star ratings.The campaign, which started last week (Wednesday 21 September) will run until 4 October and Waitrose said a product had to be given at least five reviews of five stars and an average of four stars before being incorporated.A Waitrose spokesman said: “Customer reviews and ratings are a trusted and well-used form of reassurance and inspiration when considering making a purchase. This is an opportunity to be genuine and transparent about our products.”The retailer noted that it was constantly looking at product reviews and ratings to ensure it was always improving.This is the third time Waitrose has run a customer ratings and review campaign since the concept launched in autumn last year.Earlier this month, Waitrose recalled its 150g Orange and Milk Chocolate Cookies, with a best-before date of 30 March 2017, over concerns that some of the packs may contain hazelnuts.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Delivers Red Hot Saturday Night Show For Mourning Milwaukee Brewers Fans

first_imgAfter walking offstage last night to hang out at the Big Something afterparty, Widespread Panic shuffled back on stage Saturday night at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater to deliver a classic rocker of a show, to a crowd fueled on excitement and cold beers.  With the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team locked in an elimination game, the boys provided the audience with action-packed distraction and eventually solemn consolation.To open the night, the band dove right into the instrumental staple “Disco” from Panic in the Streets infamy.  Despite opening with “Disco” in St. Augustine, the song foreshadows an evening of excellence when John Bell approaches the microphone with a casual “Evenin’ everybody,” and kicks into the beloved tune.  Keeping the ravenous crowd subdued, Dave Schools led the boys through a sizzling version of Calvin Carter & Bobby Rush’s “Bowlegged Woman”.Taking it back to an old-school sentimentality, John Bell took lead vocals for a heartfelt rendition of “I’m Not Alone”, off Widespread Panic’s self-titled second album. With JoJo Hermann on vocals, he led the six-piece through a historical jam, “1×1”, which tells the story of Panic’s tale of Sugarman and the collapse of the Clear Creek Bridge on Interstate 80.  After, Widespread Panic continued the birthday celebration of musical cohort Daniel Hutchens of Bloodkin, with a somber take on “Can’t Get High.”  The band then concluded the first set with a scorchin’ cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Taildragger”, which segued into “Rock” from their self-titled album, making for an intense finish to the set.Returning to the stage after checking the beleaguered Brewers’ score, Widespread Panic kicked into a 27- minute jam with a double segue featuring the well-known “Impossible > “Machine” > and “Barstools & Dreamers” combination, with a wild Jimmy Herring running rampant. This arrangement possibly hinted at the impossible likelihood of a comeback for the Brewers, and the diminishing chances of World Series hope.  The thumping instrumental “Party At Your Mama’s House” culminated into “Ribs & Whiskey”, making for another classic combination, which the band performed during the final night of last year’s Milwookie run.  Another Hutchens birthday celebratory jam followed with the Bloodkin’s “Makes Sense to Me”, a righteous moral argument of three specific instances of social injustices.  With Dave Schools on vocals leading the charge through a slick transition into Vic Chesnutt’s bass-heavy “Sleeping Man”, he added a quip of, “he could be watching you”, as well as feral howls and assistance from the White Wizard and JoJo’s synthesizer.  The rock and roll legends brought the Creole flavors and voodoo soul of New Orleans to the northern tundra with a scrumptious seafood sandwich of “Fishwater > Drums > I Walk on Guilded Splinters > Fishwater.”  The drums hinted that there would be “More” (Fishstew, Mo! Mo! Mo!) coming and the band did not disappoint.  After Duane Trucks and Sonny Ortiz conducted a thorough 14-minute beatdown of their kits, the rest of the band reemerged from watching the baseball game to annihilate a wicked cover of Dr. John’s “I Walk on Guilded Splinters”, with Herring carving euphonic harmonies into the listener’s ears. John Bell sang like a man possessed with voodoo spirits, and the rhythm section pounded the living shit out of their instruments with forceful rage.  The boys returned to “Fishwater” with the haunted moans of John Bell backed by JoJo and Schools chants of “Mo! Mo! Mo!,” as the melody of “Guilded Splinters” morphed into the chordal progressions of “Fishwater”.   The boys stumbled off stage to check the baseball game’s score one last time, before returning to devastate a blazing hot cover of Murray McLauchlan’s “Honky Red”, featuring a lively Herring and a rock-solid titan (Schools) on bass.  To conclude the second night, Widespread Panic played a beautiful rendition of “Ain’t Life Grand”, featuring John Bell on the “tiny guitar” (mandolin for all those unfamiliar with  The honest tune served a heartwarming purpose to all those struggling with real or misperceived conflicts, as a reminder to look above the horizon and focus on all the blessings instead of misfortunes. Sorry Brewers, but it was a helluva season, and as the eternal sports expression goes, there’s always next year.Even though the Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated during last night’s show, the end-of-season melancholy melted away alongside the powerful energy that was put forth by Widespread Panic. Tonight, the band returns to the Riverside Theater for one last hurrah, before heading to Las Vegas for their Halloween run.  Setlist: Widespread Panic | Riverside Theater | Milwaukee, WI | 10/20/2018Set One: Disco, Bowlegged Woman, I’m Not Alone, Blight, 1×1, Can’t Get High, Tail Dragger > RockSet Two: Impossible > Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, Party At Your Mama’s House > Ribs & Whiskey, Makes Sense To Me > Sleeping Man, Fishwater > Drums > I Walk On Guilded Splinters > FishwaterEncore: Honky Red, Ain’t Life Grand*Notes * w/ JB on mandolinlast_img read more

Turkish court refuses to free philanthropist, merges cases

first_imgISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has again rejected a request for businessman and human rights defender Osman Kavala’s release from jail, despite a European Court of Human Rights ruling that called for his freedom. On Friday, the court in Istanbul also ruled to merge two proceedings against Kavala.  The 63-year-old was on trial accused of espionage and attempting to overthrow the government in connection with a failed coup in 2016. Last year, he was acquitted of terrorism-related charges for allegedly organizing and financing mass anti-government protests that erupted in 2013. But a higher court later overturned the acquittal, paving the way for a re-trial. He will now be tried in connection with the failed coup and the mass protests.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

A First For All

first_imgSpirits were high this past weekend and music filled the streets. Roanoke, VA harnessed hundred of runners from all over the country eager to tackle one of the US’s most challenging races, the Blue Ridge Marathon. In conjunction, the Down By Downtown music festival gave runners and non-runners alike the option to tap their feet in 6 different venues and listen to over 50 different bands perform.Early Saturday morning, April 16th, runner after runner made their way past the Blue Ridge Outdoors booth. Reluctantly glancing at the steep, unforgiving hills that surround Roanoke, racers approached the starting line. Looking forward to kicking off a group hike that Live Outside and Play and Walkabout Outfitter had been planning for weeks in advance, I myself was anxious to experience the terrain. With the ringing of the starting pistol still echoing in my ear, our first eager participant approached the BRO booth. Soon, 23 people had arrived._MG_4762Our route to the top of Mill Mountain would, we later found, weave right through the racing action. Cowbells and loud cheers rang out from locations all over the city. From busy streets through intersections filled with spectators, pavement soon turned to trail and only the faintest of cheering could be heard. The morning sun began to feel warm as we climbed further away from the crowds below.IMG_1968IMG_1888 IMG_1890Multiple participants on the hike were experiencing Roanoke’s hiking trails for the first time, having lived there their entire lives. One family in particular made all my efforts worth the while. I dropped back from my middle position in the long single file line that climbed the narrow trail, and filed in suit all the way in the back for a chance to speak with them. In doing so I could hear the excitement in their voices and see their wide eyes processing the tranquility they had found.It’s always uplifting to see the wide eyes of a person who just stepped onto a hiking trail for the first time. Although surprising to hear of such a thing, I find great joy in providing somebody with such a rewarding experience. The quiet of the forest and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet reminded me how important and monumental hiking has been in my life. I can’t imagine life without walking in the woods.IMG_1922 IMG_1910 IMG_1906 IMG_1924Reaching the top of Mill Mountain, though urban, was as far in the backcountry as these folks had ever been. Peering out over the city, I couldn’t help but smile. Who knows what this short walk in the woods had done for that mother and her two kids. Perhaps I was able to introduce them to something life-changing, confidence-building, maybe the quiet was exactly what they needed. However it affected them, that day they stood proudly soaking in the beauty of their hometown.IMG_1976– Adam R. Stay up-to-date with all-things Live Outside and Play by following our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds! Coming soon to a mountain town near you.last_img read more