first_img The Anatomy of Fear  From Katie Bugbee of Care.com Tips, Tricks and HacksFill bellies and fuel brains with these quick kid-friendly after-school snack recipes.When the kids come home from school, chances are good that the first thing they say to you isn’t “Hi! How was your day?” or “Gee, I really missed you!” Nope. No matter whether you’re their parent, their babysitter, or their nanny, it’s way more likely that their greeting will solely consist of two words: “I’M HUNGRY.”If that sounds like your darling little ones, then you’re probably in need of some kid-friendly snack ideas. Here are three easy recipes for yummy and nutritious after-school snacks that will keep their bellies full — at least until they start saying, “I’m hungry, when’s dinner?”[MOMS ALSO READ: “Your Guide to Healthy After-School Snacks“]Need more ideas for other meals? Check out the rest of this series —  ” 4 Quick Breakfasts for Kids On-the-Go ” and ” 4 Easy Lunch Box Recipe Ideas .”1) Easy, Healthy NachosImage via Care.comAnd yes, they do exist.IngredientsA handful of whole wheat tortilla chips1/4 cup clack beans1/4 cup low-fat cheese1/2 cup salsa2 tbsp. non-fat Greek yogurt2 tbsp. guacamoleDirections:Preheat oven to low broil.Layer tortilla chips, beans and cheese in a pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Remove once cheese is melted. Top with salsa, yogurt and guacamole.Enjoy! Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here If you’re looking for more kid-friendly recipe ideas, check out the articles in our Recipes section, or look through our Youtube channel! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSback-to-school Previous article101 Back-to-School Tips for Kids and ParentsNext articleOCSO Reserve Deputy Chief creates UCF internship program Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 3) The Protein ParfaitImage via Care.com“Parfait” means “perfect” in French — which is appropriate, since this is the perfect after-school snack!Ingredients1 cup Greek yogurt1 cup of fresh berries1 cup low-fat, high protein, and fiber granolaHoneyDirectionsLayer these ingredients (minus the honey), one at a time: Start with the yogurt, add berries on top, sprinkle granola and repeat.Drizzle honey on top. 2) Apple QuesadillasImage via Care.comYou can sell them to your hungry hordes as “Queso with a crunch.” (No one can turn down queso!)Ingredients1 tbsp. butter1 whole wheat quesadilla tortillaHandful of shredded cheddar cheese6-8 thin apple slicesDirectionsMelt the butter in a skillet. Lay a flour tortilla in the pan and top one half of it with grated cheese (reserving a little extra cheese).Place the apple slices in the slightly melted cheese and let settle. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and fold the tortilla in half. Cook until golden on both sides.Cut into wedges and serve. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment!last_img read more

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first_img Houses Projects Area:  300 m² Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Armandale House 1 / Mitsuori Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/774104/armandale-house-1-mitsuori-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/774104/armandale-house-1-mitsuori-architects Clipboard photographs:  Michael Kai PhotographyPhotographs:  Michael Kai Photography Save this picture!© Michael Kai Photography+ 14 Share 2015 “COPY” Armandale House 1 / Mitsuori ArchitectsSave this projectSaveArmandale House 1 / Mitsuori Architects Architects: Mitsuori Architects Area Area of this architecture project Land Surveyor:Neil Webster & AssociatesBuilding Surveyor:ReddoArchitect In Charge:Matthew Murfett, Melissa Lim, Belle WangCity:ArmadaleCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Michael Kai PhotographyRecommended ProductsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewText description provided by the architects. A major alteration and extension to an existing Victorian heritage home in Armadale, Melbourne. Our clients, a professional builder and his family called for an elegant and striking contemporary design solution to transform this compact double fronted Victorian style house into a generous family home. The design concept proposed a sculptural two level addition that connects seamlessly to the north facing landscaped courtyard, terrace and garden. Special consideration was given to preserving the historical streetscape, with the new addition separated from the existing building by a glazed walkway to acheive a large street setback making the new addition invisible from the front. Save this picture!© Michael Kai PhotographyThe architectural solution utlises series of simple folded planes to define spaces, control views, shade windows, and articulate the form of the building so as to reduce the visual impact of the first floor when viewed from the rear garden. This is a design that appears simultaneously striking or discreet depending on where it is viewed from. 
Save this picture!© Michael Kai PhotographySave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Michael Kai PhotographyThis project was designed in close collaboration with our client, a professional builder with a focus on construction detailing and buildability. The rigour and practicalities of the building process were present from the outset and informed the original design concept. As architects with a keen interest in the building process, we found this particularly rewarding and engaging.Save this picture!© Michael Kai PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessFLASH Entertainment New Offices / M+N ArchitectureSelected ProjectsUNL College of Architecture 2015/2016 Hyde Lecture SeriesEvent Sharecenter_img Year:  Structural Engineer: Ben Scott Garden Design 2015 ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeMitsuori ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationExtensionArmadaleAustraliaPublished on September 25, 2015Cite: “Armandale House 1 / Mitsuori Architects” 24 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Cross HairlinePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®SinksThe Splash LabTrough Sink – Monolith A SeriesSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Helmkehof Cultural CenterBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAWashroom AccessoriesConcrete FloorsSikaDecorative Floor CoatingsMetal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsFluropon® Coating in Thaden SchoolWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for Partition WallsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Wood Stain – Lignosil®-VeranoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – MAGNEOSinksECOPIXELWashbasin – Light Basin LTBMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  Landscape: MR Anderson Consulting Engineers CopyHouses, Renovation, Extension•Armadale, Australia “COPY” Australialast_img read more

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first_imgScots donate £6.3 million to DEC appeal  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Community fundraising Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Howard Lake | 1 January 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Scotsman newspaper reports that Scots have given £6.3 million of the £45 million donated to the Disasters and Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Tsunami Earthquake Appeal.According to Dan McDougall and Gethin Chamberlain, writing in The Scotsman, Scots are responsible for about 16% of the total donated to the DEC appeal so far.last_img read more

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first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Co-Alliance and Harvest Land Merge Co-Alliance and Harvest Land Merge Audio Playerhttps://hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/co-alliance-merger-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Indiana-based agriculture & energy cooperatives Harvest Land Co-op, Inc. & Co-Alliance Cooperative, Inc. (formerly Co-Alliance, LLP), announce today that both sets of boards and memberships have overwhelmingly agreed to merge. The new organization will be named Co-Alliance Cooperative, Inc. and the merger will take effect on February 1, 2021. This merger creates a cooperative that is focused on delivering an unmatched customer experience to its members.The newly formed Co-Alliance Cooperative, services customers in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan & Illinois. It has four core divisions, including Agronomy, Energy, Grain and Swine & Animal Nutrition. Together, this new cooperative will have over 1000 employees and $1.3 billion in sales.The boards have chosen Kevin Still current President & CEO of Co-Alliance, to be the new President & CEO of the merged cooperative. Harvest Land CEO Scott Logue will become the Executive Vice President of Co-Alliance Cooperative, Inc.“Co-Alliance Cooperative brings together two extremely strong cooperatives with a successful history of servicing member-owners at the highest level. I anticipate this strong combination will provide synergies and resources that will enhance our customers’ experience and prepare us to meet the needs of our future stakeholders,” said Kevin Still“Merging Co-Alliance & Harvest Land enriches our ability to embrace the cooperative spirit by focusing on our member’s needs and investing in our local communities. This historic merger creates a cooperative that can proactively navigate the ever-changing industries we service and provide an environment in which our customers and employees thrive,” added Scott Logue.Co-Alliance Cooperative will be headquartered in Avon, Indiana. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Jan 22, 2021 Facebook Twitter Previous articlePopcorn Day Brings Out the Popcorn LOVE on the HAT Friday PodcastNext articleDifferent Ways to Think About, Discuss Safety in the Workplace Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

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first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Targeted Training for Brokers Announced in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles 2020-10-05 Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Delinquencies Above Pre-Pandemic Levels Predicted Into 2022 Next: Economic Analysis Points to Recovery Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Carrington Mortgage Services (CMS), a large, privately held non-bank lender, recently announced specialized training for brokers, according to a press release first published on businesswire.com. Because today’s lending market is changing at such a rapid pace, CMS reports, it is essential for brokers to be intimately familiar with the latest trends and products, so they can provide their clients with the best solutions.To help brokers maintain their competitive edge, CMS is now offering webinars and virtual consultations. Facilitated by Carrington Wholesale and Correspondent business leaders, these sessions can show brokers and sales teams how to:Identify and reach potential government, conventional and non-agency borrowersAssist loan officers and processors with non-agency loan guidelinesQualify more borrowers through manual underwritingUse Carrington’s suite of government and conventional loans to expand their sales pipelines“The primary focus is for us to be a better partner to our brokers,” said Kevin DeLory, SVP, Wholesale and Correspondent, for CMS. “We want to let them know all about the products we offer, and the ways we can partner with them to make their business successful.”Although initially introduced to CMS Wholesale brokers and Correspondent sellers who previously had worked with Carrington, the program has quickly expanded to serving all brokers who would potentially be interested in offering Carrington’s diverse loan options to their customers. The sessions are also designed to accommodate individual questions and scenarios from brokers. A recent conversation with a broker who is new to the mortgage business involved a discussion of the products offered by Carrington and an examination of what products would work best for borrowers with different home loan needs.So far, more than 100 brokers have signed up for the sessions, as well as a large group training event focused on manual underwriting. The webinars and conversations concentrate on the areas where brokers and sellers have questions, as well as the products and services that make the most sense for their business.“Carrington is committed to its broker and seller partners and helping them any way we can,” said Greg Austin, EVP, Mortgage Lending, for CMS. “We understand that not every client has a learning and development department, so we want them to have the opportunity to benefit from our expertise and offer a wider range of products to more borrowers.”CMS’s considerable market advantages include “very competitive” conventional pricing, diverse agency products, FICO scores down to 500 (550 for non-agency products), extensive manual underwriting expertise, best-of-breed technology, superior customer service and a robust nationwide network of mortgage brokers. CMS offers brokers and borrowers a diverse range of conventional Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA and USDA products, as well as a wide spectrum of non-agency offerings. In addition, Carrington’s considerable ongoing investment in technology—including process automation, machine learning and industry-leading mortgage industry applications—is available to all brokers who work with CMS. Such technology allows brokerages of all sizes to utilize CMS’s systems to disclose to borrowers at best-in-class speed—accelerating brokers’ ability to process loan scenarios, identify loan products that will work best for their borrowers and provide exceptional personalized service to their customers.“We are the premier underwriter who has it all under one roof, and we offer products and services some brokers may not be used to offering,” said DeLory. “That may include $100 down for eligible FHA loans, and refi simple for FHA, which allows brokers and borrowers to take advantage of reduced income and asset requirements, a wealth of non-agency offerings and much more. We also know that manual underwriting is an important part of the mortgage business, and at Carrington we do it really, really well.”A Carrington spokesperson said the company offers a variety of home buying and refinance loan programs to fit the needs of clients and consumers. Carrington also has a non-delegated Correspondent channel. Launched in 2018, Carrington Correspondent is dedicated to bringing the highest value to non-delegated correspondent lending. “We work diligently with our valued sellers in establishing an ongoing partnerships to build growth and profitability. For more information on CMS Wholesale and Correspondent products and services, please visit CarringtonWholesale.com or CarringtonCorrespondent.com.”Carrington is a holding company whose primary businesses include asset management, mortgages and real estate transactions. Collectively, the businesses are vertically and horizontally integrated, and provide a broad range of real estate services encompassing nearly all aspects of single family residential real estate transactions in the United States. To read more visit: carringtonhc.com.Through its collective associates made up of Carrington leaders and employees, the company’s nonprofit organization, Carrington Charitable Foundation, contributes to the community through causes that reflect the interests of Carrington Associates. For more information about Carrington Charitable Foundation, and the organizations and programs it supports through specific fundraising efforts, please visit: carringtoncf.org. Home / Daily Dose / Targeted Training for Brokers Announced Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago October 5, 2020 997 Views Share Save Subscribelast_img read more

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first_img SDLP in Dublin to argue for retention of Malin Head Coastguard station Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleStabane Council to seek clarification on civil service jobs controversyNext articleGardai and Councillors want more CCTV in Letterkenny News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp THE SDLP will travel to Dublin today to fight for the retention of the coastguard station at Malin Head.The facility is under threat of closure following publication of the Fisher Report, which recommends a reduction in the number of coastguard stations.The SDLP will make their representation to the Dáil Transport Committee which has responsibility for marine issues and will argue that Malin Head Coastguard Station is vital to saving hundreds of lives of people in the North, many of them on the Causeway Coast. Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterestcenter_img News Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – October 24, 2012 Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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first_imgRyanair has launched its Derry Winter 2016 schedule with 3 routes to Glasgow International, Liverpool and London Stansted.There will be a total of 19 flights weekly and it’s expected this will generate 300,000 customers and 200 on site jobs per year.The schedule does not exclude any existing flights.Regional and City Airport Contract Director Clive Colman says it shows a clear commitment by Ryanair to Derry airport into the future:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/clive1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Ryanair announces Derry Winter 2016 schedule By admin – April 12, 2016 WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Previous articleResidents escape injury after arson attack on Derry houseNext articleMagee Ladies well beaten by St Pat’s in Lagan Cup Final admin Homepage BannerNews Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

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first_imgKuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — Attorneys for Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre have asked to interview Prince Andrew in either the U.S. or the U.K. after writing a letter to him addressing the authenticity of a photo including him, Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell. Recent media reports citing sources close to the prince have alleged the photograph is “fake.”Maxwell, who previously dated Epstein, who died by suicide in prison while facing sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, has been accused of working as an enabler to provide Epstein with young girls for sexual encounters. Maxwell denies Giuffre’s allegations. Prince Andrew issued a statement denying any knowledge of Epstein’s crimes.A copy of the letter from Giuffre’s attorneys to the prince obtained by ABC News reads, in part: “While your recent press statements indicate your sincere desire to help the victims of sexual abuse, we are concerned that certain statements attribute to you (which we hope do not reflect your actual views) are quite inconsistent with a desire to deal responsibly with the serious allegations that have been made. We now see, for instance, a troubling assertion attributed to you that a well-documented photograph depicting you, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, and Ghislaine Maxwell in each other’s company is ‘fake.’”Interviews citing a source close to Andrew first appeared in the New York Post and several British tabloids last week, calling into question the veracity of the photograph. The source reportedly told the London Evening Standard: “Look at his fingers in the photo. The duke has quite chubby fingers, they don’t look right and nor does the height of the duke and the girl.”The photo in question, reportedly taken in 2001, first surfaced in 2011 when published by the Daily Mail. It also was included in court documents from Giuffre’s lawsuit against Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator, Maxwell.Giuffre has accused Epstein and Maxwell of trafficking her to their powerful friends, and has alleged they directed her to have sex with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Prince Andrew, and former Sen. George Mitchell. All have denied the allegations.Prince Andrew’s most recent denial was issued on Aug. 24 in the form of a written statement, in which he claimed: “At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”Following is the full text of the letter sent from Giuffre’s attorneys to Prince Andrew:HRH Prince Andrew:We were pleased to see your recent statement that you were appalled by the predatory sexual behavior of your friend, Jeffrey Epstein.We have also read various claims by you that certain statements made by our client, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, are untrue. In the past, in light of similar denials, we requested an interview with you during which lawyers representing various victims of Mr. Epstein, including lawyers representing Ms. Giuffe, would ask you questions about your relationship with Mr. Epstein. This would, of course, allow you to fully respond in a dignified manner and appropriate setting that would, we believe, clarify the record for everyone’s benefit, including your own.While your recent press statements indicate your sincere desire to help the victims of sexual abuse, we are concerned that certain statements attributed to you (which we hope do not reflect your actual views) are quite inconsistent with a desire to deal responsibly with the serious allegations that have been made. We now see, for instance, a troubling assertion attributed to you that a well-documented photograph depicting you, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, and Ghislaine Maxwell in each other’s company is a “fake.”As you know, counsel in related litigation delivered correspondence to you years ago asking for an opportunity to discuss the circumstances surrounding this long-held photograph. We were puzzled and, we must admit, disappointed that you did not cooperate at that time. Nevertheless, given your new attention to the subject and your pledge to cooperate, we renew our request for your cooperation.While it is true that certain public denials and assertions on your part concerning our client, Virginia Giuffre, are hurtful to her, we wish to assure you that we will proceed with the utmost respect as we explore your relationship with Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell, and Ms. Giuffre.We are prepared to host a meeting with you in New York, or we will gladly come to London or to any other place you may designate. We do request, however, that we receive the courtesy of a reply to this letter and that our proposed meeting take place at your earliest convenience.Very truly yours,EDWARDS POTTINGER LLC / BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Watch this spaceOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The advocate general’s opinion in Kiel v Jaeger,a German reference to theEuropean Court of Justice, suggests that on-call hours for doctors count asworking time, even if the doctors spend their on-call hours asleep. This casecould re-open controversy about the working time definition in The Working TimeRegulations 1998, at the same time as the opt out from the 48-hour weeklyworking time limit is due to be reviewed and possibly abolished by the EuropeanCommission. Can employees outsourced under TUPE subsequently claim equal pay usingcomparators still employed by the transferor? A recent advocate general’sopinion in Allonby follows the earlier ECJ case of Lawrence in rejecting thispossibility, even if the TUPE transfer has been deliberately used to avoidgiving part-time staff the same terms as full-timers. last_img read more

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first_imgTarget the bullies to beat stress epidemicOn 10 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today A leading employment counsellor is urging organisations to root outworkplace bullies in a bid to halt the spread of the UK’s stress epidemic. Colin Jackson, a counsellor with consultants HDA, blames bullying andharassment for a large proportion of the stress related absence. An exclusive survey recently carried out by Personnel Today in associationwith the Health & Safety Executive found that more than 1.5m days are lostto stress every year at a cost of more then £1.24bn to employers. Jackson, who has counselled traumatised employees for 11 years, believesbullying often goes unchecked and leads to staff missing work because ofstress. “We have to root out bullying now. It’s becoming the major issue,”he said. Bullying and harassment are the major causes of stress and the saddestthing is the victims often go on to become bullies themselves.” He said HR had a crucial role to play by assessing and training managers toimprove the way they interact with staff. “Often, people who have a bullying style don’t recognise they’re doingit – that’s why managers should get coaching to change the way theyoperate.” However, Jackson also claims the condition is misunderstood. “Stress is not a clinical illness. It’s something that causes otherillnesses such as depression, heart problems and substance addiction,” hesaid. “There’s been a massive increase in the number of people who believethey are suffering from stress and the more society talks about it the worse theproblem becomes. “The word stress is now at the very front of people’s minds. We saystress when we really mean pressure.” Levels of stress at work are rising though, and Jackson said employers mustimprove training so managers and staff can spot the warning signs. “I’m concerned about stress in the workplace because so much of it isavoidable. It’s about preventative measures. Managers need more training on howto deal with their own stress and that of staff,” he said. Essentially the problem occurs when an individual becomes so stressed thatworking is no longer possible. But because everybody needs a certain amount ofpressure to perform it’s a difficult balancing act for both bosses and staff. “People achieve their best under a degree of pressure, but if it getstoo much they can burn out,” said Jackson. “It happens most in the financial industry where people just reachbreaking point. [If they do] the business has failed the individual. It’s notalways possible to identify the signs, but good managers shouldn’t let it getto this point,” he added. Ironically, Jackson said, the major problem was at the other end of thescale, with more people becoming stressed because of too little pressure. The complete opposite to ‘burn out’ – where staff are engaged in boring,repetitive, jobs with too little pressure and no challenge – is just as badpsychologically. This idea of ‘rust out’ has been seen in the car manufacturing industry,where managers started to rotate duties and give workers more responsibility ina bid to reduce stress. Whatever the situation, Jackson said, good communication was crucial becauseuncertainty was a key factor in rising stress levels. The current GP sicknote system is critical to the problem and Jacksonwelcomed the recent investigation into the issue by Personnel Today. “The sicknote system is under pressure and it’s very difficult fordoctors, especially around workplace stress,” he said. Jackson said that since the 9/11 attacks in New York many employers havestarted to realise that they have a duty of care to workers’ mental andemotional health, although, he noted, this also makes business sense withpeople more likely to return to work if they have had counselling. “Peer support is important and if people stay off work they can be cutoff from their support network of friends and colleagues. “Often, managers are afraid to contact absent workers for fear ofharassing them and this can lead to staff sitting at home thinking nobody caresabout them.” Jackson said there was still a very ‘macho’ culture towards counsellinggenerally, but admitted that attitudes have started to change. For the future, Jackson predicts that all managers will have to possess somebasic counselling skills if they are to keep an organisation’s performance highand retain the best people. By Ross WighamWhat HR must do– Have a good stress policy that is clearly understood by allstaff  – Where possible, provide guidance for staff  – Initiate better training for managers to spot the signs ofstress early on    – Root out workplace bullies   Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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