Two people having a cream tea

Afternoon Tea with your Team

Some of you may not even know this week exists, but it’s Afternoon Tea Week from 13-19 August 2018. It’s all about celebrating this tradition and recognising quirky, quaint and unique venues around the UK to “take tea”. Tea drinking dates back to China, (c. 3rd Century BC) but afternoon tea was supposedly started by the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, King Charles II’s wife in the 1660s. It was the popularised in the 1880s by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.…

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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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Blue Monday Infographic

Why employers should care about blue Monday

What is blue Monday? As it is, Mondays can be tough for all of us. It is the day of the week staff are most likely to call in sick. As we know, the third Monday in January has been dubbed blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. The day when it really dawns on people that the celebrations are truly over, winter has us in its grip, debts from Christmas may be mounting up and the pressure…

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