Pink Shirt Day 2018: How you can help someone being bullied.

Today is Pink Shirt Day, a day when people around the world wear a pink shirt to symbolise a stand against bullying, so this week we’re publishing a series of blog posts on workplace bullying. In our last two posts we talked about what bullying is, and what you can do if you’re being bullied. Today we’re going to talk about how you can help someone who is being bullied.

Standing with a friend or colleague who is being bullied doesn’t mean you have to take a punch for them.

There are many ways you can be supportive and keep yourself safe.

Many people are worried that if they stand up for someone, they will just become the bully’s next target. While this does sometimes happen, in many cases, instigators of bullying respond to strength – such as a stronger or bigger group of people defending someone else – by backing away. That is, after all, why Pink Shirt Day was created in the first place!

If someone tells you they are being bullied, don’t see them as a “victim”. Try to use the word “target” – it is more empowering for people, and less likely to make them feel helpless.

Some things you could do include:

  • Just listen – sometimes, all you need is someone to listen to you, without judgement, and acknowledge that what you are going through is hard and painful.
  • Make a plan with your friend about what to do if they get bullied again, eg, “If it happens again, we need to talk to a manager”.
  • Stopping rumours in their tracks – if people are telling lies about your friend or other colleagues, speak up, and tell people that it isn’t true or that talking about people like that is unacceptable.
  • Go with your friend when they tell a manager or HR Representative. Asking for help can be scary, and your support might be the difference between them telling, and keep it to themselves. If they’re not yet ready to reach out, you could suggest they write a letter.
  • Ask a manager for help or report the bullying to HR – especially when bullying is physically or emotionally abusive, it’s important to keep everyone safe, without putting yourself at risk. It’s not “telling” if you are keeping your friend safe.

If you see cyber bullying

  • Try to help the target; perhaps by offering them support. Having support will mean that the person may feel less alone.
  • Help them report the bullying, this could also include taking screenshots and printing before the post or exchange is removed.
  • Report the bullying anonymously if that feels safer to the website where it is happening.
  • Offer to go with your friend if they need to report the cyber bullying to police.

Many people who are being bullied feel isolated and completely alone. They often don’t speak up because they feel powerless to do so. Supporting someone who is being bullied can go a long way towards ending what can be a very difficult and painful situation.

Just listening to someone when they need to talk can empower them to take action. Standing up for those who are being bullied is what Pink Shirt Day is all about.

One of the components in our Psychological First Aid course discusses the topic of bullying. To learn more about Psychological First Aid, click here.

Pink Shirt Day 2018: What to do when you’re being bullied

This Friday is Pink Shirt Day, a day when people around the world wear a pink shirt to symbolise a stand against bullying, so this week we’re publishing a series of blog posts on workplace bullying. In our last post we talked about what bullying is. Today we’re going to talk about what you can do if you’re being bullied.

Being bullied can make you feel very alone. Sometimes it can feel like it will never stop, that no one can help you, or even that you deserve to be treated this way.

No one deserves to be bullied

All of us need a little extra help sometimes. Reaching out is a brave thing to do. Connecting with others can help you feel less alone, and empower you to start creating change.

It’s normal to feel frightened or even ashamed when you tell someone you’re being bullied. Don’t let this stop you from asking for help!

Find someone to talk to

Be mindful when choosing who to talk to. Figure out the best person in your community for you to approach. This might be your superiors, colleagues, a friend or someone you look up to. The important thing is that you trust this person.

If the person that you talked to doesn’t help you, don’t give up, find someone else. We know that some people often report bullying as being more severe than others perceive it. This sometimes makes it hard to connect with those that you reach out to, but don’t give up. Silence doesn’t change anything. If you’ve experienced bullying, a good thing to do is write down the where, who and when of the occurrence. This can make it easier to talk to someone about what has happened.

You can also call a helpline. Helplines are staffed by trained volunteers who are there to listen to what’s going on in your life, and help you to find solutions to what’s bothering you.

More tips

  • Find safety in numbers
  • Stand up for yourself – this can be really hard, but sometimes showing your strength and telling people their behaviour is unacceptable can be very powerful.
  • Walk away – often bullies thrive on attention. Starving them of attention by ignoring them and removing yourself from the situation is a powerful thing to do.
  • Write down what happened to you, as many details as you can remember.
  • Don’t attack others – you’ll just become a part of the problem.

Responding to Workplace bullying

It’s important to gather as much information as possible when you’re experiencing Workplace bullying in the event there might be an investigation.
For each incident keep records of:

  • the date, time and where it occurred
  • what happened (who was present, what was said, who said what)
  • if there were any witnesses
  • how you felt.

There are a number of actions you can take next, from an informal complaint to the bully in question, all the way to submitting a formal complaint to your manager, which could trigger a formal investigation depending on your employers company policies. You can learn more about these different options on WorkSafe NZ’s website here.

How to protect yourself from cyber bullying

  • Share only what you would be happy to have shared (keeping in mind that other people may share your information, too).
  • Have strong passwords and keep them to yourself.
  • Do not answer any emails/texts that you feel uncomfortable with.
  • Do not answer emails/texts/friend requests from people you don’t know.
  • Be careful what you write – do not respond to others if you are angry or frustrated.

What can I do if I am being cyber bullied?

  • Do not react – it gives the bully power. Don’t reply to text or online messages (we know this can be hard).
  • Print out or screenshot examples of cyber bullying and show them to someone else.
  • Report cyber bullying to social media sites, phone companies or internet companies.
  • Block the phone number/profile you are receiving the messages from.
  • Save what has happened to show a friend or police.
  • Use assertive responses only if you need something to happen, eg, “Remove this post immediately”.
  • Ask for help.

In our next post, we’ll talk about what you can do to help someone who’s being bullied.

One of the components in our Psychological First Aid course discusses the topic of bullying. To learn more about Psychological First Aid, click here.

Pink Shirt Day 2018: What is Bullying?

This Friday is Pink Shirt Day, a day when people around the world wear a pink shirt to symbolise a stand against bullying, so this week we’ll be publishing a series of blog posts on workplace bullying. Specifically we’ll be talking about what bullying is, what to do when you’re being bullied, and how you can help someone who is being bullied.

Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things to have power over another person.

We all think we know bullying when we see it, but bullying can also be something we don’t see. Often, people who experience it feel invisible.

Calling someone names, saying or writing nasty things about them, leaving them out of activities, not talking to them, threatening them, making them feel uncomfortable or scared, taking or damaging their things, hitting or kicking them or making them do things they don’t want to do are all forms of bullying.

Generally bullying has the following features:

  • It is repeated – this may be single acts with different targets or many acts with the same target.
  • It involves a power imbalance – this means that there is an unequal relationship between the target and the bully, this could be because of physical size, age, gender or social status. By not stopping bullying we increase this power imbalance.
  • It is harmful.

Generally, we think that bullying is deliberate. It is difficult for those being bullied (targets) to defend themselves and it can often be difficult for those doing the bullying (initiators) to learn new social behaviours.

No matter what the reason is, nobody deserves to be bullied.

Bullying in the workplace.

Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that can lead to physical or psychological harm.

Repeated behaviour is persistent (occurs more than once) and can involve a range of actions over time. Unreasonable behaviour means actions that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would see as unreasonable. It includes victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening a person. Bullying may also include harassment, discrimination or violence.

According to The Citizens Advice Bureau bullies are often insecure people with low self-esteem, which they can hide well, and their targets are usually competent, honest and independent individuals who get along with colleagues.

According to Citizens Advice Bureau, bullying behaviours can include:

  • Constant put-downs, especially when it’s done in public
  • Frequent nit-picking and fault-finding, always discounting what the other person says
  • Using threatening language
  • Refusal to acknowledge the target’s contributions and achievements
  • Refusing to allow an employee to take breaks they are entitled to
  • Frequent embarrassing comments about an individual’s appearance
  • Being singled out and treated differently (worse) from other colleagues
  • Being overloaded with work, or having most of it taken away
  • Making threats about job security

Bullying in the workplace can negatively impact the entire workforce and result in:

  • Decreased worker health and wellbeing
  • Decreased worker motivation
  • Decreased worker performance
  • Decreased worker commitment
  • Increased sick leave
  • Increased worker turnover

In our next post, we’ll talk about what you can do if you’re being bullied.

One of the components in our Psychological First Aid course discusses the topic of bullying. To learn more about Psychological First Aid, click here.

Training Calendar May & June 2018

Our latest Training Calendar is out today, which includes upcoming training dates for April & May.

With Queens Birthday upon us we have some Lifesaver specials to take advantage of. These are exactly the same as regular Workplace First Aid courses, just at a lower price of $99 rather than $154. To book a Lifesaver special, click here. You can learn more about this course and book here.

We continue our Psychological First Aid courses, with one course coming up on Friday May 11, and a second course on June 8. This course is designed to help prepare learners to respond to someone who may be experiencing emotional distress. You can learn more about this course here.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.

TriEx Newsletter – April 2018

Our April Newsletter is out today! The recent cold snap that swept across the country, leaving many without power around Auckland, has reminded us that winter is well on its way. Our Flu programme is in full swing now with our nurses working flat out vaccinating New Zealand workers. We got off to a great start this year, receiving this years updated vaccination before many other providers.

This year for the first time, TriEx has the ability to offer Nationwide provision for Flu Vaccinations. We are able to do this by expanding our Flu Voucher offering through our partnership with Green Cross Health. You can learn more about our Flu Vouchers at the link below.

As of April 4 the new Asbestos Regulations which were legislated in 2016 have come into full force. This means New Zealand businesses can now be prosecuted for not meeting their legal obligations in regards to asbestos. All businesses, where asbestos is likely to be found, must now have an Asbestos Management plan in place. You can learn more about this at the link below below.

Reducing noise induced hearing loss is a priority for WorkSafe NZ, so this is an area they’re putting a focus on currently. It’s estimated that 30% of New Zealand workers are exposed to excessive noise for at least a quarter of their working day. You can read about this at the link below below.

Lastly, TriEx GM Sarah O’Connell is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Women in Insurance Summit in Auckland this coming July. She’ll be speaking about how to overcome unconscious bias in the workplace. We also have some handy tips to stay well and healthy this winter. More on these at the link below.

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Winter Wellness

The winter months are approaching, and the recent cold snap caught most of the country off guard. As the days get colder and darker, we’re more susceptible to illnesses, and being in close proximity with one another increase the chances of spreading illness. Taking small steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle goes a long way to keeping illness at bay this winter. Below are some examples of how you can do this:

Wash Hands

It seems simple (and perhaps even obvious) but this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid germs and illnesses that you might come into contact with. Wash your hands multiple times a day; after going to the toilet, before eating food, and whenever you handle someone else’s keyboard and phone.

Get Vaccinated against Influenza

Flu shots vaccinate against the 4 most common strains of influenza that’s circulating each season. The flu can be deadly, and vaccinating not only protects yourself but those around you who you could unwittingly pass the flu onto. You can book an onsite vaccination for your workplace with TriEx, or we can issue your team with Flu Vouchers. You can learn more about our Flu programme here.

Keep Exercising

Regular exercise during the winter months can be a struggle, especially on frosty mornings and cold, dark evenings. But during the winter your body has to work harder to get warm, so you’ll burn more calories by exercising in the cold. Regular exercise has also been proven to improve mental health, so you can keep those winter blues at bay.

Eat Well

A poor diet can impact your immune system, so continuing to eat well is important during the winter months. Eat fewer takeaways and more whole foods and home cooked meals.

Dose up on Vitamins and Minerals

Iron, Zinc and Vitamin C are all important for a healthy immune system. You don’t have to take supplements, as you can easily get these substances through your dietary intake. Look for dark, leafy greens and red and yellow vegetables.

Stay hydrated

It’s important to drink plenty or water, at least 8 glasses a day is recommended. If it’s particularly cold, try hot water with lemon to re-hydrate.

Rest up

People who are run down are far more likely to become sick, so make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep each night and you’re well rested.

Quit smoking

Smokers are far more susceptible to upper respiratory infections, especially during the winter. Even if you’re a social smoker, quitting will help clear your airways and reduce your risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

Clean up winter mould

Mould can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. So move your spring clean forward to autumn.

One of the easiest ways to look after your team this winter is to have them vaccinated against influenza. To learn more about our Flu programme, click here.

Flu Vaccination Nationwide Provision

This year for the first time, TriEx has the ability to offer Nationwide provision for Flu Vaccinations. TriEx has nurses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to administer flu vaccines, but through our partnership with Green Cross Health we have the ability to deliver Flu Vouchers Nationwide.

Flu Vouchers are a great way to have your team vaccinated if they’re spread across multiple locations or are based outside of the above 3 centres. They also suit if you do not meet our minimum number for an on-site visit.

They’re very easy to use and are redeemable at vaccinating Unichem and Life Pharmacy’s across the country. You can find a list of these locations on their website here.

DO YOUR BIT FOR THE EFFORT — BOOK YOUR INFLUENZA VACCINATION TODAY!

Download your booking form now.

If you currently don’t receive our flu vaccination information and would like to be added to our flu database then please contact our flu team flu@triex.co.nz or on 0800 FLU JAB (0800 358 522). 

 

Occupational Hygiene Upskilling

Ian Bensemann and Nashid Khela, TriEx’s two Occupational Hygienists have recently spent a week in Auckland participating in a British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) course on the methods for the measurement and sampling of airborne hazardous substances.

Ian Benesmann
Occupational Hygienist

Nashid Khela
Occupational Hygienist

The course was run at the Whenuapai Air Force base and was made up of theory and practical work.

This course was conducted at a high level equivalent to level 6. Prior experience and knowledge was essential before undertaking this course.

The course was of benefit in that it reaffirmed what Nashid and Ian have been doing by way of Air monitoring, and it provided them with updates regarding techniques, methods, equipment and analysis techniques for different types of samples.

Both Ian and Nashid work with a wide variety of our clients who require their working environment to be monitored for airborne contaminants such as fumes, vapours and dust. The industries that most frequently undertake air monitoring include manufacturing, sawmills, seed processors and bakeries, but there are numerous other companies who use our Occupational Hygiene Services.

To learn how our qualified Occupational Hygiene Team can help you reduce the health risks in your workplace, call us on 0800 487 439 or email enquiries@triex.co.nz 

Training Calendar – April & May 2018

Our latest Training Calendar is out today, which includes upcoming training dates for April & May.

We’re past Easter weekend now, however with ANZAC day upon us we still have some Lifesaver specials to take advantage of. These are exactly the same as regular Workplace First Aid courses, just at a lower price of $99 rather than $154. To book a Lifesaver special, click here. You can learn more about this course and book here.

We continue our Psychological First Aid courses, with one course coming up on Thursday April 12, and a second course on May 11. This course is designed to help prepare learners to respond to someone who may be experiencing emotional distress. You can learn more about this course here.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.

TriEx Newsletter – March 2018

Our February Newsletter is out today! We are well into 2018 now and TriEx has entered its busiest time of the year with our Flu Vaccination season in full swing! TriEx are excited to be one of the first to vaccinate this year as our flu vaccines arrived straight from the manufacturer on Monday morning.

This years vaccine is the Quadrivalent vaccine and has been modified to provide cover against the deadly flu strain that has caused havoc in the northern hemisphere. This year it’s more important than ever to vaccinate and to receive the updated vaccine. Not only can complications from the flu be deadly, it can also affect people’s mental health. Find out more at the link below.

Our Occupational Hygiene team recently spent a week in Auckland to sit a BOHS course on the methods for the measurement and sampling of airborne hazardous substances. This was an upskilling experience for the team, it reaffirmed what they had already been doing and has equipped them with new tools and techniques. Read the full story at the link below.

TriEx is seeing some tremendous growth at the moment, especially in our asbestos department, so we’re on the lookout for some Asbestos Surveyors to join the TriEx Team in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. You can read more about this at the link below.

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