By NZISM Secretary
Hi to all members and supporters of NZISM, welcome to the last newsletter and update for 2018.
It’s been interesting and also somewhat unfortunate to watch the media over the last few weeks with the few scenarios that have played out in New Zealand including the controversy over the Pride Parade, the issues with the Auckland Santa Parade and the decisions made by some organizers of Christmas parades about how they have allowed some floats to be portrayed.
What if anything has this got to do with health and safety you might ask, well there is certainly a direct link with the recent promotion over many weeks and months about how we treat people. A few months ago, NZISM stated in the media that workplaces should create a culture of kindness in an effort to reduce the risk of bullying behaviours that are experienced in some places, similar comments were made by other commentators.
I really liked the article in the recent Safeguard Magazine outlining the work of Hailey Feilo who in her Master’s programme studied the use of the Pacific cultural concept of talanoa in an attempt to better engage with a Pacific Island workforce. This method being one where the building of relationships and understanding of individual backgrounds and heritage through story telling is the pathway to facilitating trusting, inclusive and participative relationships. This is an approach that helps with groups who view questioning those higher up the hierarchy in an organisation as disrespectful. In this ever developing and diverse country we live in we need to be more mindful of the varying cultures that exist in our workplaces and communities and work towards a culture of Manaakitanga (kindness) and create workplaces that are not only diverse, they also aspire to be environments where inclusiveness and belonging are central themes in how business treat their most important asset, their people.
It has also been heartbreaking to watch what appears to be an ever-repeating story of tragedy that seems to occur every year in the run up to the end of the year. A number of fatalities have occurred around the end of November and early December and these are clearly sad and tragic outcomes for all involved, where many use this time of year to spend time with family and friends. I’ll use this forum to once again encourage you all to support your employers, clients and their workers to ensure that health and safety at work is front of mind over the remaining weeks in 2018 and during the back to work period in 2019.
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