Archive for August, 2019

MEMBER WELLBEING – Achieving a healthy Life and Work Balance

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Most of us are spend­ing more and more of our wak­ing hours at work.  Whilst there has been a sig­nif­i­cant increase in part-time work­ers, many part-time work­ers have more than one job.  Cur­rent sta­tis­tics show that the aver­age Aus­tralian spends some­where between 39 and 50 hours a week at work with those in min­ing, trades and the health sec­tor mak­ing up the major­i­ty of those work­ing long hours.  With these sorts of trends, it is no sur­prise that we spend more time with our work col­leagues than we do our fam­i­lies.  So how do we main­tain our work/life bal­ance, when work is increas­ing­ly creep­ing into our out of work hours?

If your home is like most, you prob­a­bly have an office (or an unused din­ing table) where the work office slow­ly creeps into the home space.    Your mobile phone is prob­a­bly linked to your work email and your car to your phone.  You start the morn­ing check­ing emails on your phone, then jump into the car and busi­ness begins.  You eat lunch at your desk or whilst dri­ving from one appoint­ment to the oth­er and fin­ish the day, parked in your dri­ve way end­ing the last work calls for the day.  Sound­ing famil­iar?

Here’s a few sim­ple ways you can claim back your life and bring bal­ance into your work and home space;

  • Try to avoid eat­ing lunch at your desk. Instead, use your unpaid lunchtime to increase your well­be­ing and decrease your stress lev­els.  Go out­side, to a park, read a book or catch up with a friend.
  • Try doing some lunchtime exer­cise or yoga with a col­league. Hav­ing a laugh with a friend at lunchtime reduces stress and gives you that extra burst of feel good hor­mones to get you through the after­noon.
  • Get into the habit of only check­ing your emails when you get to work. Even bet­ter, don’t have your out­look set to open up at your email.  Try set­ting it to open at your cal­en­dar.  That way, you can start your day on your terms, not every­one else’s.
  • Take your work emails off your phone, or at very least, turn off the noti­fi­ca­tion sound.
  • Leave your lap­top and work phone at work at the end of the day, or at least turn them off.
  • Avoid using your phone on the way to or from work. Instead, play your favourite CD or pod­cast and enjoy the dri­ve.
  • Plan to take your hol­i­days and take them.
  • If you find you can’t get your work done in your work­ing hours, have a con­ver­sa­tion with your employ­er. They may not be aware and may be able to get you some sup­port.  Warn­ing here, more mon­ey will like­ly only bring your more respon­si­bil­i­ty, not nec­es­sar­i­ly improve your well­be­ing.
  • When you get home, do some­thing to end your work day like change your clothes and take the dog for a walk or the kids to the park. This sets the bound­ary between work and home.
  • Leave work doc­u­ments at work. This stops your home office becom­ing an extend­ed ver­sion of your work­place where you are like­ly to do many unpaid work hours.
  • Last­ly, clear that din­ing table and start using it for what it is meant for, fam­i­ly meals. You’ll be sur­prised what you actu­al­ly find out when you sit down as a fam­i­ly or with friends and con­nect over a meal hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion.  I chal­lenge you to use Sep­tem­ber as the “Bring back the fam­i­ly meal month!”

Pam Bubrzy­c­ki

Awesome effort from our Pool Rescue Aussie competitors

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

The girls did excep­tion­al­ly well. They swum well, smashed PBs and have done the Club proud with their excep­tion­al sports­man­ship and above all else they have made great friend­ships and had a crack­er of a good time! Big thanks to the girls sup­port crew.

The girls would like to say thank you to the state team, Bron­wyn, Gra­ham and Andrew Rid­ley for mak­ing them feel so includ­ed over the whole week­end. They had an amaz­ing time, it was a great oppor­tu­ni­ty and they would defi­nat­ly love to go again.

Pool res­cue has not stopped yet, they will also go ahead and com­pete in the Roy­al Life Sav­ing side of it now too.

The girls said “It’s so much fun and has some­thing for every­one to do and we’d def­i­nite­ly encour­age oth­ers to give it a go next win­ter sea­son. Also we would like to thank the club for all the sup­port they gave us for our trip.”

Full wrap and results found here


Aussies 2020 Update Meeting

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Things are pro­gress­ing well in our Aussies 2020 fundrais­ing efforts and it’s time for an update for every­one from the work­ing group.

Any­one who is inter­est­ed in head­ing to Aussies next year needs to be at the club this Sun­day at 5.30pm.

The work­ing group will update every­one on all upcom­ing Aussies 2020 fundrais­ing events, Aussies accom­mo­da­tion options, future sup­port required for fundraising/club events and will seek to firm up trav­el­ling num­bers.

Please come down to the club this Sun­day and learn how we can all help get the blue, white and gold on to the Nation­al stage!

Equipment Security and Club Surf Skis

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Equip­ment Secu­ri­ty. On a recent Sat­ur­day the roller door to the ski/board area was left open and only found by luck late in the after­noon. Had this not been dis­cov­ered it would have exposed some very expen­sive equip­ment, the new vehi­cle for one, to the pos­si­bil­i­ty of being stolen. Please, all users of these areas of the club, be aware of the need to secure the area when you have fin­ished your activ­i­ty, Don’t assume that some­one else will do it. Thank you.

Club Surf Skis. The clubs surf skis are being dam­aged by uniden­ti­fied and unau­tho­rised users. The surf skis are not avail­able for gen­er­al use. They are only avail­able for use by U17 and above bronze mem­bers fol­low­ing, a request to the Surf Sports Man­ag­er. The excep­tion is the ski coach­es, Nick Kane & Andrew Mosel, who can sanc­tion use dur­ing one of their train­ing ses­sion. Thank you.

July Volunteers of the Month

Monday, August 5th, 2019

For July’s Vol­un­teer of the Month, spon­sored by ECU – School of Busi­ness & Law we recog­nise the efforts of Lau­rie de Mamiel, Enda Farn­ham and Nick Kane.

Lau­rie de Mamiel – pro­vid­ed team man­age­ment for each of the IRB car­ni­vals and also trav­elled with the team to IRB Aussies at his own cost to do the same. I know he organ­ised his work around each of these car­ni­vals to allow him to be there each time, his work was invalu­able to the team and their suc­cess.

Enda Farn­ham – is the silent man in the back­ground. He has done some amaz­ing handy­man work for the club over the recent months includ­ing putting up all the shelv­ing in the surf shop and stor­age areas and oth­er odds and ends required.

Nick Kane – has been coach­ing Ski Train­ing on a Tues­day morn­ing from 5:15am to 6:30am at Hillarys Mari­na. Nick has not missed 1 ses­sion this win­ter and is always there before the rest of us and is encour­ag­ing to all that attend. It’s dark, cold (once it was only 4 degrees) and wet, but ever-reli­able Nick is there with a pro­gram ready and at the end, all atten­dees feel as though it was all worth­while. Nick is a great Ski coach and relates real­ly well with the youth. Because of this, there is always a great turn out, usu­al­ly 8 to 10 pad­dlers. Thank you Nick.