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OUR ‘SHE’LL BE RIGHT’ ATTITUDE IS KILLING US

November 28th, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

This article originally appeared on Stuff.co.nz on the 13th of November, 2017.

Eighteen months ago, I wrote a story on Stuff Nation about our dangerous perception of mental health and our looming crisis. I am ashamed and saddened that since that story, another 606 Kiwis have taken their own lives. What’s more alarming is that 457 of those are men. That’s 75 per cent and indicative of a sinister problem in our country. (more…)

Health Insurance, Mental Health, NZ, Cover

DOES INSURANCE COVER MENTAL HEALTH?

November 27th, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

Even if you have no personal or family history of mental health issues, it’s important to be aware that they can affect anyone at any time. Over 700,000 New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with either depression or anxiety at some time in their lives. Seeking treatment is a big part of the road to management or recovery of a mental health condition, but does your insurance cover that? (more…)

Self care, talking, men

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY MENTAL HEALTH?

November 27th, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

In our previous article, we talked about New Zealand’s mental health crisis, and how to recognise the signs of depression or anxiety. If you are feeling depressed or anxious, here are some self-care tips that may help. (more…)

New Zealand, Mental Health, Alone

WHY DOES NEW ZEALAND HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS?

November 27th, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

There’s no denying that, when it comes to mental health, New Zealand has a major problem. It seems unthinkable that in a country that ranks top ten in the United Nations’ 2017 World Happiness Report, we are struggling so much with depression and other psychological illnesses. (more…)

Stress, Fatigue

HOW TO MANAGE WORK STRESS AND FATIGUE

November 23rd, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

There’s no denying that in today’s world most of us need to work to survive. While it’s fairly common to experience small levels of stress and anxiety in the workplace, if these feelings continue for long periods of time it can seriously impact your health. Employers and employees need to learn to manage work stress and fatigue and strike a balance that enables them to thrive. (more…)

Men's health

MOVEMBER – WHAT HEALTH CRISIS?

November 22nd, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

It’s that time of year again – Movember is almost over. As moustaches take over social media, and our lives, we have to ask: what’s this all about?

Movember started in 2003 when Travis Garone and Luke Slattery decided to bring back the mo as a way to fundraise for prostate cancer. From there it has grown into a global movement raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. (more…)

Construction

WHY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDS A PLAN B

September 28th, 2017 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

It is internationally recognised that the construction industry is facing a major crisis due to a combination of falling productivity, rising costs, and lack of skilled labour. The Economist recently reported that productivity in the American construction industry has fallen by a staggering 50% since the 1960s. While other countries haven’t experienced such a drastic slump, in France and Italy productivity has fallen by around 16% in the last twenty years, and Germany and Japan have had almost negative growth. (more…)

HOW WOULD A PROPERTY SLUMP AFFECT YOU

September 21st, 2017 Posted by Insights, Risk Articles No Comment yet

An Omen?

This season’s final of The Block NZ  felt like a bad omen for the property market, particularly in Auckland. According to data just released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Auckland’s property market might just be slowing. It shows that Auckland house prices fell by 2.9% in August when compared to the same month last year, making it one of only four regions that experienced a decrease in value (the others being Gisborne, Tasman and the West Coast). (more…)

HOW WILL THE ELECTION AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS?

September 19th, 2017 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

The 2017 General Election is this weekend, and with just days to go, many experts are saying the result is too close to call. Regardless of which party forms the next government, there are likely to be changes in the wind for business owners. (more…)

PLAN A (AND B) FOR LEADING A HAPPY TEAM

August 24th, 2017 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

As a business owner, you’ve probably heard the phrase “your people are your greatest asset” more times than you can count. And it’s true, to an extent; if you’ve got staff, then the success of your business rests, in part, on their shoulders. But if your people are bored, demotivated and unhappy, then they won’t be an asset. (more…)