Stress Awareness Week 2018

3 Quick Ways to create a stress-free environment

This week is International Stress Awareness Week running 5-9 November. Recently, I have been delivering a lot of anti-bullying training to large organisations. A topic that always arises during the discussions concerns management boundaries. How stress is related to workload management, emails being sent at all hours and thankless tasks. So, I have put together my top three tips to reduce stress, improve communication and ensure a happier team environment for Stress Awareness Week and beyond. 1. Be clear about…

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8 Practical Ways to Build an Inclusive Workplace

For Inclusion Week 2018 I am delighted to have Andrea Goodridge from Ad Florem as a guest writer for Diverse Minds. Here are her eight practical ways to create an inclusive workplace. In today’s workplace, great leaders recognise that diversity is an asset and that people’s differences are a strength and not a weakness. Barriers based on gender, race, religion, sexuality, physical ability, and even the different ways we all process information and learn are being broken down. But there’s…

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Building a robust flexible working policy

Let’s all Flex! Building a robust Flexible Working Policy

This year on 12 September was the first National Flexible Working Day (#letsallflextogether) led by Helen Wright, Founder of 9-2-3 Jobs. The aim of the day was to empower employees to ask for flexible working hours, as well as championing the benefits of working flexibly. There is currently a skills shortage in many organisations as a result of the nine-to-five plus expectations many employers have. Providing flexible working would help to bridge this gap. Flexible working is not just a “women’s issue”. It’s…

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Five quick ways to bring innovation into your workplace

Celebrating the NHS Last week saw the 70th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The ground-breaking, innovative creation of a state-funded health care for all UK citizens. Sadly, at the moment the NHS is in a precarious state. I was listening to stories on the radio about the first nurses to work in the NHS in 1948, how innovative it was and the sheer amount of love the UK has for the NHS. The staff that have saved…

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What if they’re faking it?

Mental Health Training This week I delivered the two day adult Mental Health First Aid Training for a large financial organisation, with a large customer base. The delegates were great, open and willing to share their lived experiences of supporting people with mental-ill health. However, there was one delegate who fixated on the issue of team members faking mental-ill health. They asked the question at least eight times during the session. They were very concerned as a manager what do you do,…

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