The Government's campaign for health and safety reform has made it clear that there is an increased focus on high risk industries such as forestry, agriculture, manufacturing and construction.
While that may be the case, it is important to remember that health and safety legislation applies equally to white collar industries. While it may be tempting to dismiss the risks faced by office workers as being limited to paper cuts, in fact there are real and serious hazards in white collar industries, both physical and mental.
Telling someone they have to change their personal hygiene habits is always a tough issue to tackle but ignoring the problem puts other employees in an unpleasant work environment. So, how do you handle an employee who smells?
Wait for a pattern to emerge, suggests Donna Flagg, author of Surviving Dreaded Conversations: How to Talk Through Any Difficult Situation at Work Definitely, don't say anything the first, second or even third time you notice it.
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Breaking up is hard to do ...
The crooning Neil Sedaka lyric rings in my ears as I think of the last time someone gave me the news of their resignation.
Let's face it it's never a pleasant situation, and it can, in the worst case, literally end in tears for the employee or the employer or both.
A Northland timber company has been fined and ordered to pay further reparation of $60,000 after one of its employees was killed by a forklift with defective brakes.
WorkSafe today criticised Whangarei-based Kiwi Timber Protection Ltd, claiming Mark Blincoe,24, would likely still be alive today if the company he worked for had better safety practices.
A Kiwi postman, who was sacked after being spotted by his boss riding his motorcycle while using his mobile phone, has reclaimed his job after the Employment Court found that NZ Post failed to sufficiently investigate the claims made against him.
Murray McLennan lost his job as a motorcycle postman, which he had been in for 17 years, for serious misconduct in May 2013.
A New Zealand Post postie fired for missing work and having his brother helping on his rounds has been awarded compensation.
An Employment Relations Authority decision found Auckland postie Tyrone Underhill was unfairly dismissed by NZ Post in April.
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