Firefighters routinely face unpleasant and potentially dangerous situations. In addition to combating fires, they might be dispatched to the scene of an automobile accident or sent in response to a medical emergency. Incidents such as an accident with multiple fatalities; the death or injury of a team member; a natural disaster; and the daily stresses of dealing with potentially life-and-death situations can all take a toll on a firefighter’s emotional well-being. As part of their jobs, firefighters often must provide what comfort they can to families who have lost all of their possessions in a fire or who are distraught over an ill or injured relative.
The “HR is taking over/needs to take over [*delete as you like] Workplace” bandwagon is rolling at pace across open strategy and design country, yet has not veered off towards Personnelville, missing the hidden turning. HR meanwhile haven’t hailed the bandwagon on an intuitive-UX app due to being a bit busy doing what HR people actually do, which is neatly summarised here by the people who know what HR actually do, their professional body. This is borne out by events such as the CIPD NAP – with a range of excellent speakers, and regarded as one of the best HR events on the calendar – this year called “The Human Workplace” (I hope Andy Swann is getting a royalty) but with no-one on the roster talking about the actual workplace – space + people. In fact, there aren’t any Workplace presentations at HR events anywhere on the calendar other than a couple I’ve managed to cloak into. It seems to be a bandwagon designed, built and operated by the Workplace sector.