The Rewards of Volunteering

Last week was  Volunteering Week, which takes place annually in the UK from 1-7 June. It is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of volunteering as well as recognise the contribution that volunteers make to society. This year’s theme has been “Volunteering for all” people from all walks of life getting involved in all types of volunteering. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) defines volunteering as any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment…

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Add a sprinkling of culture in the workplace

What’s culture got to do with me? In March I was a guest presenter at Team Management System Development International (TMSDI) network member forum. I was speaking about culture and the Team Management Profile. Personal culture has always been something that I am cognoscente of in everything that I do. Why? As I describe myself as an inside-outsider. I am British, but was born in the USA, am Asian with East African heritage. Growing up in more of an Eastern cultural context…

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How to stay mentally healthy and Address Your Stress

In today’s unrelenting, high-pressured, fast-paced work environment can we really look after and maintain our mental health and reduce stress? The Thriving at Work Review by Stevenson/Farmer published in October 2017, found that c.15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition. The annual cost to employers who do not support their staff with mental-ill health is between £33 and £42 billion. These are staggering figures indicating that employers need to talk more about mental health and wellbeing…

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On International Women’s Day, one size does not fit all

Happy International Women’s Day! A very Happy International Women’s Day in this auspicious year of the #Vote100 celebrations and campaigns. We will also see mandatory gender pay reporting, which starts next month, coincidentally in this centenary year. 2018 is proving to be a thought-provoking and challenging year so far. Do we still need to celebrate International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day is still very much needed and brings women from around the globe together through momentous projects, plans and activities.…

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Celebrate Community for University Mental Health Day

Today is University Mental Health Day, a national campaign to promote mental health in higher education (HE). Run jointly by Student Minds and the University Mental Health Advisers’ Network (UMHAN). This year’s theme is Community, to emphasise the fact that everyone has a pivotal part to play in creating a mentally healthy work and study place. During my 15 years working in, with and alongside HEIs I have seen positive shifts towards mental health and the way mental-ill health is supported. Student services are increasingly…

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