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Three Cambridge Network members have come together to research what great things are happening in Cambridge workplaces. Their report - Workplace Wellbeing: The contribution of the physical workplace to worker wellbeing -  was launched today and concludes with five recommended ways to boost the wellbeing of workers in your workplace.

Three Cambridge Network members have come together to research what great things are happening in Cambridge workplaces. Their report – Workplace Wellbeing: The contribution of the physical workplace to worker wellbeing – was launched today and concludes with five recommended ways to boost the wellbeing of workers in your workplace.

Five ways to ensure your workspace boosts your workers’ wellbeing

For anyone tasked with improving wellbeing at their workplace, it can be difficult to know where to invest time and money. You can find yourself looking at a wide range of issues – from mental health support, ergonomic desks, employee safety policies or the tax implications of the cycle to work scheme. So how can employers use the physical workplace to boost workforce wellbeing? An effective workplace wellbeing strategy considers four elements – individual resilience, the challenges of the job, the environment and the organisation’s culture. When these elements are considered together, employers were more likely to benefit from improved productivity and performance as well as higher employee retention and lower absence…

 

Cyclone Tracy: hundreds commemorate 40th anniversary of Darwin disaster

Darwin’s suburbs in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy in December 1974. Photograph: Matthew Spicer/AAP Image

Darwin’s suburbs in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy in December 1974. Photograph: Matthew Spicer/AAP Image

In a church bearing the scars of the storm itself, hundreds of people gathered in Darwin to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy on Wednesday. On a hot and muggy evening, about 300 people walked through the Christ Church cathedral’s entrance – the only remaining part of the original cathedral which was destroyed by Tracy on the night of Christmas Eve, 1974. The stone work is encompassed by the modern and tropical building, and a stained-glass window depicts fishing nets in a storm – a tribute to members of the fishing fleet who died…

 

Enormous dust storm ‘turned day into night’ in town of Bedourie in far western Queensland

Photo: A massive dust storm sweeps toward Bedourie in a line across the parched outback. (Supplied: Maggie den Ronden)

Photo: A massive dust storm sweeps toward Bedourie in a line across the parched outback. (Supplied: Maggie den Ronden)

A massive dust storm has turned day into night in the small town of Bedourie in Queensland’s south-western corner. Bedourie borders the Simpson Desert and the town’s name actually means “dust storm” in the local Indigenous language. Bedourie resident Maggie den Ronden said she had never seen anything like it, with dust turning the town dark for about 90 minutes. She said clouds of dust appeared on the horizon and quickly engulfed the town. “Taking up kilometres, it was enormous – the whole town was shrouded in orange, reddy, sandy colour,” she said…

 

Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan for Tuvalu’s national broadcaster

Preparing a broadcaster’s climate and disaster resilient plan requires the input of not only broadcasters but also the expertise and collaboration of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). That is exactly what happened last week in Tuvalu, as members of Radio Tuvalu, Tuvalu Media Department and the NDMO, got together to become the third Pacific Island country to develop their National Broadcasters Climate and Disaster Resilient Plan (NBCDRP). This workshop training is part of an initiative funded by the Pacific Assistance Media Scheme (PACMAS) and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), who facilitated the training in Tuvalu…

 

Exposure To Extreme Weather Increasing Across The Globe, Report Says

The Resilience to Extreme Weather report released by the Royal Society looked at what regions will be most vulnerable to disasters such as floods, droughts and heatwaves, the University of Bristol reported. The findings were made using mapped climate and population projections. “For the first time this report makes clear that global society is not resilient to the extreme weather that we experience now, and that in the future, with population and climate change, we will be even more threatened,” said Professor Bates, a member of the report working group…

 

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