November 22, 2019 Technology makes the world a new place

Why Driver Mental Health Matters

Why Driver Mental Health Matters

The HSE has reported findings showing at least half a million large good vehicle drivers experienced anxiety, stress or depression arising from their work in 2015-16. These stats are getting worse as time progresses. Currently, 30% of self-disclosed ailments at work within the transport and logistics sector are due to anxiety, stress and depression. To this day reporting mental illness comes with the risk of stigmatisation. 95% of workers suffering from mental illness who call in to report they are sick give other illnesses as the reason. Also, a majority of workers who are diagnosed with mental illnesses hide this from their employer with only 22% disclosing their diagnosis.

Why Is Mental Health Critical?

In the past, people have treated mental health as a taboo subject. You could not broach the subject of your struggles with mental health. It was seen as a weakness that you could not share. Progress is now being made with positive discussions and debate around mental health becoming a common thing. However, unless these conversations are brought to the forefront, the transport and logistics industry, specifically HGV will lose its large talent pool of drivers. This is adding to the fact that mental health-related issues use up £100billion in the UK logistics sector.

There are many factors that contribute to stress among HGV drivers. Odd working hours, long shifts, night shifts, tough traffic, strict deadlines, mental exhaustion and physical fatigue all play a part. All these will affect mental health on the job or spill over to home life. Limited time and flexibility to exercise mean the drivers lack one of the best alternatives to counter stress. This creates a difficult environment to work in leading to stress, anxiety and depression.

Gender also comes into play. It has been proven that men shy away from disclosing or sharing their mental health issues as compared to women. They prefer to bottle up their problems. This is widespread in many industries but transport is highly affected. Isolation and failure to speak about mental health mean depression, stress and anxiety take a toll on the individual if they are not treated.

Loneliness

HGV drivers give loneliness as a top mental health issue they face. The long hours that can stretch to a number of days spent away from their loved ones and home weigh them down and burden their mental state. HGV drivers feel like they are alienated from their families and social life due to the short period of time they are with the family. Diminished personal life negatively affects their mental health.

How Can You Improve HGV Drivers Mental Health?

You can work towards ensuring that your organisation or any other address the mental health concerns of HGV drivers. The following are a few suggestions for you:

Voice the issue! Speaking about mental health is the single most important step towards tackling the menace of poor mental health. Talking about mental health means that the problem is known to exist and cannot be ignored. Sharing on … Read More

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Why Are An Increasing Number Of Marketing Professional Working From Home These Days?

Why Are An Increasing Number Of Marketing Professional Working From Home These Days?

The figure has risen by 8% since last year, and it is very likely that the number of marketers who work from home on a regular basis will continue to increase in future years.

Why exactly have an increasing number of marketing professionals started to work remotely, and why are marketing executive jobs so popular? As part of our 2019 Marketing Survey, we asked 1/3 of the respondents currently working from home what their major reasons were. The following is a more detailed look at the top reasons.

1. Avoid Commute/Travel Time

Avoiding commuting or travel time was the top reason that marketers gave for them working from home (WFH). A majority of the participants in our survey live in areas such as Oxfordshire, Essex, London, Hertfordshire, and Cambridgeshire. For those who live in these locations and having to commute for work into the capital, working from home allows them to avoid busy London traffic as well as train or tube delays. When city-based employers offer flexible working options such as WFH it increases their chances of being able to retain staff by improving the life/work balance for their employees who don’t need to be in the office physically on a daily basis. That is something that is evidently quite important. Our survey results reveal that a life/work balance was the third major reason why marketers are looking to leave the jobs they have currently.

2. Increased Productivity

Respondents told us that the second main reasons why they worked from home once a week at least was because they think they are more productive working at home. Given that many marketing positions have a creative nature to them and the strong argument that more flexible working conditions benefit creativity, having the ability to work remotely with fewer distractions is something that many creative and marketing professionals strongly prefer.

There can be numerous distractions in open-plan office environments, including loud co-workers, office gossip, and spontaneous meetings that can contribute to reduced levels of productivity.

3. Childcare and Other Types of Caring Responsibilities

The third major reason why more marketers work from home is to work around their childcare or other types of caring responsibilities. Remote caring enables parents to be available more for school pickups and drop-offs, to care for their children when they are sick and other obligations having to do with their children, and still have the ability to work on a full-time basis.

Care responsibilities for ill, disabled or elderly partners, relatives or friends is another major reason why many marketing professionals say that they need to have flexible working arrangements, like working from home. Carers Trust statistics show that almost one in eight workers are carers as well, and the number of individuals who act as carers within the UK continues to increase every year.

4. Well-Being And Mental Health

Another very common reason that was given by many participants was that working from home allowed them to focus on their well-being and mental health. OnePoll.com carried … Read More

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Here Are 6 Useful Lessons In Colour That Will Change The Way That You Decorate

Here Are 6 Useful Lessons In Colour That Will Change The Way That You Decorate

His massive rise, which is due partially to his ways with colour that are fearless, has made Patrick Mele a designer you should be watching. He proclaims that he loves bold statements and he is never afraid of colours. He also states that he enjoys rich hues. He goes onto say that he doesn’t really work with tertiary or muted colours. He prefers crisp black, crisp white and crisp vibrant colours for his overall statements.

So How Does He Do It

We were lucky to get a small preview on his most current design project, and we asked if he could decode his choices in colour, for each room, and then the lessons just started to flow.

1. Think In Colour Families

At first, the entryway to the home appeared to be a colour riot, but after speaking to Mele, you will start to realise that he worked with a very tight palette. He starts off by saying that he wanted lots of white, followed by a combination of orange and blue. The secret? To work with the different hues in each of these 2 colour families. The blues that he used included navy, Delft, turquoise, and cobalt. And with the orange, he used grapefruits, tangerines, and corals. These are rich hues that are not muted.

2. White And Blue Always Work

When it comes to Mele, using the combination of white and blue can be compared to wearing blue jeans with a white T-shirt. This colour combination is classic when it comes to interiors and it can also be dressed down or up. Mele used a blue grasscloth, denimlike shade in the living room which added texture and colour, which really helps the wingback-chairs and silhouettes from all the white accessories to really pop. The effect overall is casual yet polished. He thinks that white and blue are like white and black but it is definitely not as bold and fierce. These colours are also a lot more welcoming to many people.

3. Choose A Palette, And Repeat

When you work with streamline colour palettes it helps each room to feel cohesive, and also assists with transitioning from one room to the next. If you stand in the centre of a foyer and you can see every other room you will notice the same colour families repeated yet in a different way for each space. Case in point: The breakfast room walls have been painted with a blue that is close to the colours used for the family-room. Yet in this space, like the paint from the entryway, the pop from the orange upholstery emits a striking yet at the same time a grounding effect.

4. Experiment With Percentages

A very clever way to get the most mileage from a group of colours that are small is to use a type of flip-flop. This involves pushing a colour that was used previously as an accent into the foreground. Mele did this in the music room when he used tangerine … Read More

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Tips To Avoid Burnout For Caregivers

Tips To Avoid Burnout For CaregiversIf you are the primary care giver to a loved one, you know the toll that it can take on you physically, mentally and emotionally. Even though caring for someone can be very rewarding, it can also be very stressful and without the proper knowledge, support and skills, you are at a higher risk of burnout.

Here are some facts that you need to be aware of if you are providing any type of care for another person:

Hard Work, No Pay

Caring is considered to be the largest unpaid profession in the UK. Not only is there no financial reward but the job includes tasks that are often overwhelming such as taking care of personal and home cleaning and hygiene, meal preparation, managing and administering medication, driving to and from medical appointments and much, much more.

Extreme Stress

One of the greatest factors affecting care givers is the stress that is involved with the task. They often neglect their personal emotional, mental and physical needs in the act of providing for the emotional and physical needs of another.

However, the mental and emotional stress often have the greatest impact. It is estimated that up to 40% of caregivers working with dementia patients are likely to experience elevated stress levels and/or depression at some point. As a result, they are also more likely to require antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and therapy by a qualified medical practitioner in order to prevent extreme depression which is the inevitable result without the proper treatment. Looking after your own health and overall well being is therefore essential as a caregiver.

Strategies For Coping As A Caregiver

1. Ask For Help

It is often easy to fall into a trap where you try to do everything yourself. Ask friends and family to assist in taking care of some of the tasks such as shopping for groceries or taking the loved one for medical appointments. You can also find support form a variety of different government agencies, religious, charity and local volunteer organisations. Look for hospitals or facilities that pair inexperienced caregivers with experienced caregivers or a social worker to provide additional learning and support. These organisations will also help coordinate care between different family members and friends so that you don’t have to carry the burden alone. Gabriel’s Angels is a great organisation if you’re looking for help with home care in Wokingham.

2. Talk About It

Most caregivers don’t talk about the emotional impact that caring for someone can have as they don’t want to sound as if they are complaining. However, it is important to talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you are feeling. Alternatively, find a support group in your area where other carers can relate to what you are experiencing. Research shows that those who talk about their problems are less likely to suffer from stress and depression.

3. Get Physical

Although caring can be a very physical task, it is still important to exercise. Physical … Read More

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How to Easily Plan and Get Prepared For a Diving Holiday

How to Easily Plan and Get Prepared For a Diving HolidayNow that those long-awaited holiday months are approaching, you may want to get started with planning all the fun and exciting diving adventures that you would like to go on. No matter where you plan to go or how many details you have already figured out, we want to provide you with some useful suggestions on how to have a successful experience wherever you go.

You should start the planning process off on the right foot by figuring out what type of holiday you are going on. Do you have a lot of diving experience and want to go on a break where you will spend most of your time driving or do you plan on doing other activities while finding some extra time for diving in the middle of everything? You should think about what you truly want to do while on holiday, for example Kota Kinabalu diving in Borneo.

Celebrating Something Special

Plenty of people go on holiday to celebrate something special, such as their birthday, wedding anniversary, or even their honeymoon. Going on an adventurous dive with your partner is a great way to celebrate your nuptials and have an amazing time together. Going to Sabah during the summer months for a dive is one of many things you can do. You can benefit from planning ahead of time.

Going on a Learning Experiences as a Beginner

Do you have an interest in diving but never actually experienced what it is like? If it the kind of thing you would love to do, PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience is something to consider trying. The course lasts for a day and introduces diving to beginners. PADI even offers a four-day course that is known as the Open Water Diver Course. During the four-day course, you can learn how to receive your certification as an open water diver.

Travelling With Family

You may feel limited to what you can do when you are travelling with your family. There is a lot of compromising that often needs to take place because each person in the family may have different interests and preferences when it comes to doing different things while on holiday. However, there are some fantastic family courses available for those looking to dive with their loved ones. You can make some truly wonderful memories with those closest to you.

Enjoy a New Experience

While it is possible to dive in Sabah throughout the year, the summer months are often the absolute best months for divers. You will have an awesome view of some of the most amazing marine animals, including rays, turtles, and even sharks. If you would love to have a clear view of the different habitats under the water, planning your trip for the summer is ideal.

Have More Than Just Diving Fun

The reason Sabah is such a fantastic place to visit is that there are plenty of fun things available for you to do. Along with diving, you can go on a retreat, take … Read More

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