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Thea O'Connor

Thea O'Connor is a health journalist, presenter and health coach. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the health sector including her background as a dietician, and workplace health consultant. Thea is also founder of NapNow and a committed "naptivist" - taking a (horizontal) stand for normalising the power nap in our work culture.

Demonstrating care for employees need not be expensive to be effective, and organisations are putting more thought into practical ways of supporting workplace mental health.

9 practical ways to support workplace mental health


Taking on increasing amounts of work without adequate recovery delivers ever-diminishing returns for time invested and puts workers on a sure path to burnout.

How to get ahead at work by saying "no"


What if you didn’t have to make more time to attend to your health because it was integrated into every working day?

Need a nudge? How to make healthy choices easy at work


Burnout affects about 5 per cent to 7 per cent of the working population, according to Michael Leiter, professor of industrial and organisational psychology at Deakin University.

Prevent burnout - 3 burnout symptoms and how to avoid them


Dismantling negative stereotypes is key to seeing people’s true worth, but let’s not fudge the facts in the process. What is really true about cognition changes with age in healthy adults?

9 ways to improve your brain fitness


In Australia, tiredness kills at least one person a day due to an industrial or motor vehicle accident.

7 ways you can create a positive sleep culture


The average office worker today is standing less than at any other point in human history.

The truth behind the standing-up-at-work movement


Developing a better BQ is useful in helping people forge a closer, more responsive relationship with their bodies.

10 ways body intelligence can improve your work performance


70 per cent of US offices have some type of open-plan design and Australian organisations are increasingly following suit.

Open-plan offices: how to make them work


In the last few decades, mentoring has become more formalised and recognised as a valuable form of professional development.

How to make mentoring work and why your workplace will benefit