Hannah Smith is the newest member of the PP team, joining us as a permanent placement consultant following roles in recruitment in Sydney and Auckland as well as office support, sales, event organisation and radio production in Cape Town where she grew up (ask her about the famous US actor she met in her pjs!).
“For me, recruitment ticks all the boxes as I love people and variety and the thrill of not knowing what each day will bring.” Hannah always strives to match the right person to each role. “I know how unhappy the wrong role can make you feel so do my best to ensure my candidates are a good fit.”
Like the rest of the PP team, Hannah is a Northern Beaches local who enjoys supporting the Warringah Rats, chilling at Zubi and Rusti Fig, and, this summer, learning to surf (any surfing coaches out there?!). Some of us reckon Hannah looks like Nigella Lawson and while we don’t yet know whether she’s a good cook, we do know she shares the celebrity chef’s warm and outgoing personality.
Contact Hannah on 02 9972 2944 or via email at Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you sitting down while reading this? You might not want to be!
Standing-desks, or stand-up desks – where office desks can be raised to a standing level – have been receiving a great deal of attention lately. They’re designed to encourage workers and employees to be healthier, by lowering their risk of developing diseases like heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
Dr. Josephine Chau, a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health discovered during a recent study that “those workers who received the sit/stand desks felt that their employer cared about them. They felt more satisfied with their work and they felt like they were being more productive and had enough energy to do their job.”
The study was published in Preventive Medicine Reports and measured the effects on the productivity of 30 call centre employees using powered standing or ‘sit/stand’ desks over a 19 week period.
The employees surveyed reported being happier and having more energy at the end of their work shifts. And, importantly for employers, it was discovered that standing/sitting desks had no negative impact on workers’ productivity levels.
But, according to the study, despite workers feeling more energized, it can be hazardous to their health if they try to stand for prolonged periods of time too soon. Why? Well, if you stand for extended periods of time without moving, you might risk developing varicose veins or even lower back ache.
The take-home message from the study is that, like introducing any new exercise, your body has to get used to it.
Dr. Chau continued: “If you go from zero standing to standing two hours a day, you’re probably going to experience some kind of discomfort.”
For women who enjoy wearing high heels in the workplace, it’s recommended that you keep a comfortable pair of shoes under your desk, for when standing at your desk.
On a final note – standing-desks aren’t the only options for office workers seeking to sit less during their work-day. Walking to meetings, talking to colleagues rather than emailing them, climbing the stairs rather than using the lift and drinking more water are all ways to reduce sedentary behavior at work.
Adjustable or ‘standing-desks’ are now available at many retail outlets at cost-effective prices.
For more information on the five best standing desks, you may be interested in checking out this link.
The prestigious 2016 Northern Beaches Local Business Awards event was held on Wednesday 6th July at Dee Why RSL with many local businesses, dignitaries and sponsors attending, it was a great evening and we are thrilled and humbled to announce we took top honours for “Most Outstanding Professional Service” Thank you to all our supporters who nominated and voted for us, we look forward to helping more local people secure fabulous roles on the Northern Beaches.