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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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PTSD Listening at work

7 Ways to Support PTSD at Work

June is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. In the UK it is believed that 1 in 3 people will have experienced a traumatic event in their life. Trauma can be caused by any kind of abuse, physical, emotional, sexual, witnessing abuse, witnessing any kind of crime, arelationship breakdown, workplace bullying, war etc. On the anniversary of the Grenfell fire this brings PTSD into sharp focus. Residents still recovering from what they witnessed, in many cases having no permanent…

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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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