Author Archives: Noi Quao

Stick and stones: how nicknames can harm someone’s mental health

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Coworkers eating togetherIn many of our daily interactions we use labels as shortcuts to describe a collection of feelings, observations and reactions. Usually these manifest in affectionate (or sometimes mean) nicknames we give our close friends or colleagues. These names often enough tend to be actual diagnostic terms that randomly label someone based on their behaviour: OCD is used to identify a friend who constantly frets over whether his bike is securely locked or not; ADHD is used to label a co-worker who rarely stays focused or who arrives to work late on a regular basis. Mental health nicknaming poses …

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3 mistakes to avoid when a co-worker returns to work after a traumatic event

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I don't know where it all went wrongAt one time it was believed that avoidance was the best way to support a co-worker after they returned to the site of a workplace trauma. It was typical of managers or HR representatives to:

  • avoid the topic and any references to the incident
  • reassign duties so that the co-worker would not work in the same location where the traumatic event occurred
  • tell the co-worker about personal experiences with a similar traumatic event that occurred at another workplace.

We have since learned otherwise. We now know that it is important to be attentive and to foster an environment where the individual who experienced the traumatic event is supported by co-workers …

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Connected to the world – surviving the 24-7 news cycle

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Connected to the world – surviving the 24-7 news cycleInformation. We live in a 24-hour news cycle: your online news feed and your  ‘all-news’ radio or TV stations are happy to keep you informed about the latest things that may be deadly. Even if you don’t pull up the news, your preferred homepage may be streaming a banner of events in your region, your country and across the world. Then there are the notifications: buzzing, ringing, chiming and pop-ups to let you know about messages received, tweets followed, and alerts from other social media connections.  And that’s just your personal life – add work and things get even busier!

We are so connected to anyone, anything, anywhere and anytime, but is all of this helping us, as Oprah would …

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