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Engaged people are less stressed, happier and more interested in what they do! No – I’m not talking about engagement in the marital sense, but rather in the sense of being there in the moment.
A recent article in Gallup Management Journal stated disengagement can be depressing in a workplace and that better engagement means better health. What’s concerning is that research is indicating 8 to 17 per cent of people in the workplace are disengaged. A true concern for any employer!
The recent economic struggles added to the issue, with many disengaged staff choosing to stay put rather than face the difficult and worrying task of finding other employment. Stagnation then becomes as difficult as staff turn over. This may now be changing as signs in the labour market in some areas are changing.
Disengaged staff can have a negative impact on your business, wider than just their own contribution. There continues to be strong links between engagement and key organisational outcomes. I mean if you’re running a customer focused business, but your staff ‘can’t be bothered’ making sales or talking to clients – that’s not good for business!
Signs of disengagement and depression can often be similar. These can include feeling empty or tired, having a lack of interest, energy or concentration, poor or lack of decision making and generally not being bothered.
The challenge is becomes even greater when the manager/owner/leader is feeling disengaged. How do they find ways to get back to having a greater bond with the workplace? Workplaces should not only be fun and engaging for staff, but for the managers/owners/leaders as well. This can be hard work when no one is helping them to engage.
There’s no magic answer to resolve engagement issues. Sometimes it’s right for people to move on. Other times it’s about creating or finding the challenge to keep people engaged. Here are a few simple ways to keep workplaces engaging:
take time to listen to those around you
give and receive feedback
set out clear plans and a future focus
outline your personal development/training ideas and do them
have conversations about high performance and what this means for your business
understand what makes teams and individuals tick
have some fun!
31st October 2013
A completely new way to tackle depression in New Zealand from the guys that brought you the World’s Biggest Waterslide, Live More Awesome.
The Live More Awesome Foundation is proud to announce the launch of their new depression initiative.
It works like this…sign up to donate $5 every month, you then get to vote on which of the five “gives” you want to see happen. All “gives” are Live More Awesome style events or initiatives to help reduce depression, decrease stress or simply make NZ a happier place. The “give” that gets the most votes each month wins and becomes a reality. You can then volunteer to help make it happen, or, you can just sit back and wait for us to send you the monthly update newsletter that will contain the video of all the good work that your $5 did! You’ll be so proud of yourself, and us, you’ll share that video with all your friends and get them to sign up, therefore providing more money to do amazing things the month after! Didn’t like any of the five things on the list? Suggest your own! If it’s good, we’ll put it in the next vote.
Co Founder Jimi Hunt says…
“We needed a way to get people involved in giving again, to help them feel like they were making a difference. With Gimmie Five, they are. Not only do they get a say in exactly where it goes, but they can actually suggest ideas for the future as well as volunteer their own time.”
With depression affecting as many as 1 in 5 New Zealanders at any one time, this is an issue that needs to not only be approached in a fun and interesting way, but it needs to be talked about constantly in order to remove the stigma of depression in this country.
Gimmie Five went live on the 1st of November.
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For more information on Live More Awesome & Gimmie Five see –
Gimmie Five: http://www.gimmiefive.co.nz
Live More Awesome: http://www.livemoreawesome.com
Click here for more information on depression.
LMA Jimi & Dan PR Image: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6440746/LMA_PR_image.jpg
For all media enquiries including interviews please contact:
Jimi Hunt (Co Founder)
021 020 29618
About The Live More Awesome Foundation:
Live More Awesome is an initiative Jimi and Dan came up over a late lunch one day.
The “Live More Awesome Foundation” is a New Zealand based not for profit formed in 2012 and is a charity that survives like many others on love. We get no funding from the government or any foundations.
Our Mission is to develop a series of programmes & tools to help as many people as we can to “Live More Awesome” lives and subsequently beat depression and improve the mental health of the nation.
1. Develop a “30 Days To Live More Awesome” programme website and material. Actual practical steps for people to start doing to improve their depression without drugs.
2. Release a book showing people who are looking after people with depression how to cope.
3. Raise as much awareness about “Asking For Help” and removing the stigma from depression as possible by throwing amazing events.
4. Develop a programme that puts vegetable gardens into every school in the country.
5. Host the World’s first Mental Wellness event.
6. Implement our “Gratitude in schools” programme
6. Continue being awesome. Inspiration then information.
About Jimi Hunt:
Jimi Hunt is a man who has spent most of his life doing ridiculous things for his own amusement. Things like building the World’s Biggest Waterslide, playing golf through the streets of downtown Auckland and holding an alternative summer Olympics including events such as sandcastle building and frisbee golf.
But what none of his friends knew was that Jimi had been silently battling with depression. It was eating him alive from the inside, affecting his business, losing him friends and slowly, painfully destroying his marriage.
Disillusioned with the help and advice he received, he read that having a goal could help with depression. Five minutes later Jimi set his goal and announced it to the world — he would travel the entire 425km length of the Waikato River on an inflatable mattress. Loneliness, 21,000 people following the journey on Facebook, chancing upon a dead body in the river, unbridled kindness from strangers, physical pain and crazy psychic predictions are just some of the strange tales from the river.
About Dan Drupsteen:
Dan has a passion for seeing the upmost potential in others and sparking people to do what they love. He believes that learning to be happy with what you have while working towards your dreams is fundamental to a fulfilling life.
“Having experienced psychosis, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks and depression and come out the other side, I have a firm belief that everything is possible. Inspiring others by how I choose to live is my upmost mission in life.
I’m a crazy haphazard experimenter and meticulous researcher. And I love creating new ideas” says Drupsteen.
How did you get your last job? Was it via seek or trade me (online job sites), a tip from someone you know, personal networks or by knocking on doors and handing out your cv?
Thousands of people are looking for work each day. What has been the most effective way for you to get your first, next or greatest job?
If you are an employer what are the top things you are looking for and what ways do people approach you? Are you looking for people right now? What would make your life easier around recruiting?
People are stronger when they pull together. Here are some tips from the Mental Health Foundation about how we can connect within our communities.
•Join or set up a neighbourhood group.
•Hold a poetry evening related to connection.
•Organise a street BBQ.
•Attend a community centre open day.
•Organise or attend cultural performances – in a shopping centre or park.
•Take time to read your local newspaper or newsletter – find out what’s going on in your local area – then organise a group outing to support it.
How are you connecting with your community this week?
Real is here to support you feeling great about your future. And because we’re here for you, we want to create our branding with you.
So we’ve set up this photo contest to capture young New Zealanders’ creativity and find out what our Real spirit – loving life – means to you, through your photos from your world.
Love music? Snap a pic from a gig or an arty pic of your guitar.
Love running? Snap a pic of your hot sneakers, or a sunrise from your morning run.
Love food? Mmm, snap it.
Love your friends? Snap a group selfie.
If you’re a young New Zealander, enter a pic of what ‘loving life’ means to you on the photo contest app on our Facebook page. Ask friends and family to vote for your pic and be in to win!
We have 20 awesome prizes up for grabs – an iPad, two sweet Polaroid cameras, an iPad mini and a bunch of HOYTS movie vouchers.
Our judging panel will select prize winners from the 20 pics with the most votes, based on how well we think they express Real’s spirit.
Loving life photo contest terms and conditions
1.The photo competition starts on 29.07.13 and ends on 11.08.13.
2.Entries are limited to one per person and must be received by 11.08.13.
3.It is open to all New Zealand young people aged 13 to 25 years. While we cannot strictly monitor this, we would love it if people respected this so the competition is among the people it’s been organised for.
4.Pictures submitted must not include anything considered rude or illegal so that means we’ll be pretty quick to remove anything posted that appears to, or may upset someone. We don’t apologise for this because it totally goes against our beliefs and values here at Real.
5.Our judging panel will select prize winners from the 20 pics uploaded to the realNZyouth Facebook photo contest app with the most votes, based on how well we think they express Real’s spirit ‘loving life’. What this means is the pic with the most votes won’t automatically win the iPad – although they stand a chance!
6.Votes are limited to one per entry per Facebook ID.
7.Entry is not open to Wise Group employees.
8.Winners will be notified by 21.08.13 to the email address they supplied when submitting their photo.
9.The 20 winners must send their winning image to Real by email, preferably in a high resolution format.
10.Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
11.We have the right to remove any entrants who do not play fair or tamper with the entry process, including using an automated entry or voting mechanism.
12.If we don’t hear back from a notified winner within three weeks of them being emailed, the relevant winner’s entry will be deemed invalid and we reserve the right to award the unclaimed prize to the next best eligible entrant determined by us.
13.We will honour contestants’ creativity by including any of the images we choose, that are submitted into the photo contest app, as part of our youth brand. So by providing a photo to Real through the photo contest, you: a.are totally the sole owner of the photo
b.allow Real to use the photo you provide to us in good faith
c.allow us to edit or change your photo for branding purposes
d.give us a world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to use your photo, without any restrictions, payment to you or approval from you; including in hard copy or electronic publications, advertising or promotional material, and permitting others to do any of these, including when us or others may receive payment for doing so
e.agree that we may use your name and publically accessible biographical data, such as where you’re from, in connection with our use of your photo
f.accept that nothing in your photo requires third party permissions in order for us to use it
g.agree that publication is at the discretion of Real.
1.We take your privacy seriously and will only use your name and email address you submit when entering the competition to contact you if you are a lucky winner!
2.Winners will be required to supply their address details for their prize to be couriered to them, this will be managed offline between a Real staff member and a winner individually.
3.The photo contest relies on the use of Facebook ID to manage votes, Real will not use this information in any other way.
4.We welcome any queries regarding this policy. Please do not hesitate and feel free to contact us.