Posts Tagged ‘workplace’

WinterBlues

The NHS estimates that one in 15 people in the UK are affected by seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that occurs during winter months that is thought to be caused by a lack of light. With the fallout from the Christmas season (celebration and splurges followed by cold weather and empty bank accounts), it’s no surprise that Friends Life‘s recent survey has revealed that 60% of respondents think winter is the most stressful time of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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In the hustle and bustle of the modern day workplace, how can you ensure your organisation puts the health of your employees on top of the priority list? Jo Lloyd, HR director at Arco, the protective equipment company, discusses their award-winning wellbeing philosophy and offers top tips on how to strengthen your own.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Dress200x233As the warm summer turns into a pleasant autumn, it’s not quite time to unpack the winter woollies.

And while it’s important to have a degree of dress code flexibility, it’s crucial to keep a professional appearance at all times – especially if you want to move up the corporate ladder.

What you wear in the workplace really does matter
Of the 200 HR directors we questioned in a recent survey, more than three quarters (76%)
said that an employee’s style of dress at work influences their chances of promotion

In larger organisations, the HR team gives formal guidance on dress code, while in smaller companies colleagues point each other in the right direction. It’s a good idea to ask if there is a casual style on Fridays – it’s embarrassing to turn up suited and booted when everyone else is in jeans and trainers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leading in tough times

28 Oct

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      LeadingToughTimes200x233When a team is up against it and defeat feels depressingly certain, it’s often the quality of leadership that dictates whether it sinks or swims.

      At some point, all leaders will be severely tested as they nurture a variety of personalities. To get the best out of your team when times are tough, it’s important to have strategies in place.

      I have these three suggestions to help you.

      1. Coach performance, not results

      When he managed Wigan Athletic, Roberto Martinez had a very limited budget at his disposal. Remarkably, they survived in the Premier League season after season and were finally relegated at the same time as being crowned FA Cup champions. Read the rest of this entry »

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      The UK works some of the longest hours in Europe, with the average working week being 37 hours. With a depressed job market, employees are inevitably finding the pressure at work increasing, and the temptation to stay longer or work through lunch hour is often winning out. The result is that many of us spend most of our week inside an artificial office microclimate with central heating or air conditioning as our constant companion. It is certainly not the ideal recipe for health, wellbeing and productivity.

      Natural exposure

      Being in an office environment reduces our exposure to key natural elements  like  sunlight and fresh air. We spend more and more time in front of our computer screens, sitting under artificial light. To compound the issue, in winter we often travel home in the dark with very little exposure to natural sunlight. Our working lives are often accompanied by common health complaints such as headaches, coughs, colds and fatigue. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Studies show that in an average workplace, employees were distracted or interrupted every 3rd minute and had 8 windows open on their computers at a time. This multitasking makes us more prone to mistakes, more likely to miss important information, and less likely to retain information in our working memory. This impairs problem-solving and creativity.

      What is working memory?

      Our working memory is a brain system that provides temporary and limited storage. It is necessary for staying focused on a task, blocking out distractions, and keeping us aware of our surroundings. Our working memory is in charge of our concentration and our ability to focus on our work and organise our days. It helps us connect experience and knowledge with present action. Poor working memory from overload, tiredness and lack of energy makes us forgetful, absent-minded, and easily distracted by our surroundings.

      We develop different strategies to cope with multitasking, and these efforts to take control and reduce stress will eventually have a negative effect on the individual and organisational performance. This can lead to low confidence, worry, and low mood. Read the rest of this entry »

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