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Public Servants Left Vulnerable and Isolated At Work

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The life of a public servant has never been an easy one, no matter what role they choose. They have always had to deal with the general public and often find themselves in between a rock and a hard place of what the government can provide and what the public need. However, more and more public servants are being left vulnerable to physical and emotional abuse in the workplace with little support from their employing department or the government at large. An issue that can cause long-term psychological damage and prevent people from working, as well as leave our country’s infrastructure without the key individuals it needs to function. Keep reading for additional information on this subject.

Medical staff

What would we do without those that work in the medical sector? They are the ones that keep us well and step in when we need treatment, advice, and even surgery. However, a particular issue that public servant in this sector such as doctors and nurses face is that they are often expected to deal with huge caseloads with very few staff. This can lead to them being overworked, which in turn can lead to mistakes or a reduction in the quality of care. Something they are often held to account for personally.

Of course, some people make mistakes that are entirely their own fault. However, when the endemic situation is that there is never enough people to do the work that needs to be completed, public servants in this sector stand little chance of ever delivering a satisfactory service or gaining any personal satisfaction and pride from their career choice.

Many people, ask what can be done about this, and strategies include streamlining the medical and administration part of the job and splitting this between different specialists. Something that allows those on the front line more time to deal with the real-life medical emergencies.

However, such tactics are at best a sticking plaster over the problem. What really needs to happen is that government need to focus on recruiting more people into the profession with assistance to train, as well as improving conditions for those already working in this area. Something they can do by increasing funding and reducing hours.

Educational staff

Most people think of being a teacher as a fairly easy job. They have some sweet idea that you spend your time at your desk with an apple on it, at the front of the class. While your students quietly solve the problems you have written on the board.

Unfortunately, this for most education professional is nothing but a fantasy, the reality being somewhat more adrenaline-fueled and dangerous. In fact, physical attacks on teaching staff are increasingly become commonplace, even in the ‘better’ schools. Something that is perhaps caused by the lack of support staff in the classroom.

After all, a teacher cannot be in more than one place at once and if they have a class of thirty that needs their leadership, as well as individual pupils that need intensive one to one support it becomes an untenable situation. This can then lead to extreme stress and frustration both in staff and the pupils that cannot make any progress without the help they need. Something that can end up in them lashing out in a violent manner.

Then, of course, that is the issue with discipline and parenting that many teachers face every day in school. The problem is that parents are much more reluctant to take an active hand in supporting and disciplining their child while they are at school these days. In fact, some parents seem to think of the school as free childcare and are of the opinion that they are solely the teacher’s responsibility when they are there!

Of course, this message creates a big problem with discipline in school because kids know that teaches only have so much power to discipline them without any parental support. Something that can erode the pupil’s respect for the teaching staff and very easily allow teenage temper tantrums to escalate into damaging physical violence.

If you are a teacher that find themselves in this situation, it can be very tough. Not only can it be a scary and upsetting experience, but it can also affect your emotional well being and your ability to continue working. Teaching unions can often help with this, and you can even get help today from legal professionals that can argue your case for worker compensation. Something that can be very helpful if your earnings and mental health are suffering as a result of this type of incident.

Sadly this problem has become so endemic that it will be a very hard thing to solve. In part, it needs individual educational institutions to have a zero-tolerance policy in violence towards any member of staff, and not allow that child back into the building no matter what their personal circumstances.

It also needs some parents to take a greater responsibility for their child, or at least to support staff when they are trying to install some discipline. Even if they may not agree with every letter of what they are saying.

Police

If you find yourself in danger, come back to a home break-in, or have a car accident the Police are usually one of the first people that we contact. In fact, we are very much use to seeing them as strong and capability in emergency situations. However what it can be easy to forget is that policemen and women are human beings underneath that tough exterior. Something that means they can suffer emotionally and psychologically from the rigors of the job.

This can happen, despite often having excellent support from colleagues while on the job and being put in life-threatening situations time and time again can result in a condition known as PTSD or Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome. Something that can severely interfere with an officers ability to work as well as their personal life.

The main problem here is that mental health issue such as these can be tough to discuss, let alone get help for, especially in an environment that values courage and action. This can be incredibly isolating for officers and make their job particularly difficult.

To solve such an issue isn’t something for the short term. In fact, for it to improve we need to see a change both in the attitude of individual officers, as well as a greater provision for mental health help and support in the high-stress workplace such as these.

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3 Steps to Becoming a Better Person

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We only get one life so it’s important to live it well, make the most of things and seize opportunities that come your way. If you’re hoping to make the most of your time on earth, here are just three ways you can go about it. 

Be more understanding

We all want to be the best person we can be, and a big part of that is relating to and getting on with other people. But it’s not always in the way we think, we don’t need to make grand gestures, we don’t need to be able to give therapist level advice or be a perfect friend in every sense. The main thing we need to do is be empathetic and understanding- be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It can be easy to be irritated, annoyed or upset if a friend lets you down, cancels plans or does something else undesirable but when you’re understanding you’re able to empathise about why this might be. Maybe they’re busy, have other priorities (as we all do) or double booked themselves. We’re able to cut ourselves slack as we know that we’re only human, do others the same justice. Being understanding doesn’t mean being a doormat and being walked over, you do still need to know when someone is taking advantage. But for the most part, the people in your life won’t be purposely trying to upset you, be more understanding and it’s easy to realise this. 

Find your own spiritual path

Having beliefs in something that matters to you can be a great way to live your life, it seems counterproductive but realising how small you are on this planet and as part of the greater universe can feel reassuring. It means that your problems are also small and often irrelevant, and as a result can help you to just get out there and live your best life. Being spiritual and having beliefs doesn’t have to mean being religious, there are many reasons you might be put off from traditional religion. While it helps many, there’s no denying that it’s also a cause of many wars, there are numerous church abuse lawsuits that have been filed across the globe and to some, it simply doesn’t fit their beliefs. But don’t write off finding greater meaning altogether, find your own spiritual path. This could be anything from numerology to deep meditation to trusting in the universe and it’s signals. Do some research and find a path that suits you. 

Find a good work/ life balance

Work is important, not only does it give your life purpose but it allows you to earn the money you need to have the lifestyle you want outside of work. Most of us have no choice but to work, but it’s easy to go overboard with it. Maybe you’re passionate about your job or are just a bit of a workaholic, take a step back. Find the balance between work and life such as travel, family, pets and hobbies. You’ll be much happier for it.

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Preventing Mould: Use These Simple Tips

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Maintaining a healthy and happy working environment is perhaps the most important thing we can do as homeowners. When buying a house, it becomes our responsibility to ensure that the space is kept clean and hygienic to keep us healthy throughout our lives.

One of the biggest health risks in the home is mould, and this can spread throughout the home quicker than wildfire without you even realising. Breathing in mould spores is bad for your respiratory system and it can cause a whole load of health issues if not fixed. That’s why today we are taking a look at how to prevent mould in the house once and for all. Use these easy tips to keep mould away from your home this year.

1. Know your weak spots

Every house will have its own weak spots and areas that are more susceptible to mould than others. Take a look around your house and see what weak spots you can uncover. Do you have a basement? If so, is it prone to flooding? The installation of a sump pump with liquid level sensors to keep water controlled might be helpful. Do the windows often accumulate a lot of condensation? If so, think about wiping them with a cloth and a squeegee regularly. Consider where the worst spots for mould are in the house and you should be able to find ways to fix them.

2. Getting drying

If you are looking to create the ideal environment for mould to grow, keep everything moist and wet. Mould spores thrive in humid conditions so if your house is often wet in places and hot, you need to remedy this right away. Get yourself a dehumidifier to clear the air and wipe all wet areas to make sure they are as dry as possible. If you do this every day you will prevent mould being able to make a home in your home.

3. Ventilate the house

It’s a delicate balance when looking at insulation versus ventilation, to know which one is more important. They are both equally important for different reasons, and if you have gone a bit over the top with insulation, this could be a solid reason why you have mould in the house. Air needs to be able to flow through the house to keep it dry, and if you don’t have airflow, your home will become humid and attract mould.

4. Seal cracks

Even the smallest cracks in your walls or ceilings can be a breeding ground for mould, and if you don’t seal up cracks you’ll run the risk of letting water into the home and therefore mould too. Seal up any small cracks and chips in your walls and this will make a big difference.

5. Clean the gutters

One way for mould to creep into the home is from above, and when water seeps into the foundation of your home the mould will follow. Cleaning your gutters will ensure that water doesn’t build up and end up seeping into the home without you realising. 

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For Enea Angelo Trevisan and Ealixir, better than solving the problem of cyberbullying is preventing it

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One of the most commentated news regarding Instagram for the past weeks was their investigation on whether to ban likes counter on the platform or not, but mostly from the perspective of marketing strategy. It turns out that the social media platform is actually considering this new feature as a means to avoid a much bigger problem: cyberbullying.

A recent studied carried by Pew Research Center showed that fifty-nine percent of teens reported to have experienced at least one of six types of abusive online behavior, cyberbullying included. Another concerning fact brought by the study shows that 16% of these teens were already subject of physical threat of some kind due to incidents in social media.

In addition to that, a report published by the Journal of Abnormal Psychology has highlighted the popularity of smartphones among teenagers – a statistic that only grew during the past seven years. “More U.S. adolescents and young adults in the late 2010s, versus the mid-2000s, experienced serious psychological distress, major depression or suicidal thoughts, and more attempted suicide,” stresses the study’s lead author, Jean Twenge, who also wrote the book iGen, in which he ponders about the influence of smartphones in teenage and child mental health.

Besides hiding how many likes a photo has received, Instagram is also considering another feature: a “nudge” alert that is activated while the user is still writing a comment that is flagged as potentially aggressive. According to the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, this could give an extra incentive for people to think twice before committing to an attack.

“Of all the obnoxious activities that can be carried out on the web, cyberbully is in my opinion the worst”, says Ealixir’s CEO and founder Enea Angelo Trevisan. “Cyberbullying targets those who cannot defend themselves: often minors or minorities. This is why one of our priorities as a company is to invest our technology in the fight against this plague.” In that sense, Ealixir gives support to individuals by making an early detection of offensive and troublesome contents, so they can be immediately erased and monitored to avoid further reloading. 

For Trevisan, the case for cyberbullying starts in schools, and this is the reason why Ealixir is also responsible for organizing sessions with children, so they can be warned about the dangers of the internet. “At this young age, kids think of internet as a huge playground. We teach them not to trust strangers and to think about the consequences of their virtual actions, exactly like in real life,” he explains.

Moreover, families also need to be aware of their children’s presence on the internet – they should not underestimate the possibilities and dangers of giving a smartphone to a child or a teen. “This is due to the fact that older generations were born and raised without the web, so they struggle to identify with their children. With Ealixir, we try and fill in this gap most of all through prevention, but also actively by deleting offensive contents and/or preventing harassment.

Besides monitoring and removing offensive contents published online, Ealixir also gives support to families and individuals who found themselves victims of cyberbullying by offering contact with specialized lawyers that can handle a case with expertise in the court. However, as much as in the case for health, prevention is the best scenario when coming to cyberbullying too, so internet literacy becomes an important competence to be learned by children for a healthier future of the web.

Sources: https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/how-instagram-plans-to-take-a-stand-against-cyberbullying

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