That pesky Return to Work interview

Imagine it’s a Monday morning. A typical day and a member of your team is returning from sickness absence and according to your procedure, you will now be sitting down to do their “Return to Work” interview. As a decent manager that follows procedures, you duly arrange to do so, as you value the person […]

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Is it because it is scary?

And because it is too scary we put it in the too hard box and turn the other way and we don’t engage with the idea of suicide intervention or consider our ability to help someone in need. Is it because organisations see it as a “mental health” issue that belongs with social care and […]

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Choosing Occupational Health

Organisations with a commitment to wellbeing may have an Occupational Health service as part of their wellbeing strategy. It might be an in-house service, regular visits by an Occupational Health specialist or indeed an off-site provision that they tap into as and when required but such a service can be hugely beneficial in support wellbeing […]

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The Art of Self Care

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not indulgent, caring for myself is an act of survival” Andre Lorde We have all be on the aeroplane where they tell us that we should all put on our own oxygen mask before helping anyone else, and of course, some of us have been […]

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August and Adventures

I’m so happy to see August roll around as I can now start to use my new diary ???? Those of you with a stationery fetish will get this completely, those of you who are Law of Attraction believers will get my choice of diary, and those of you on LinkedIn will know the self […]

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Caring conversations and the difference you can make

This week Samaritans had their campaign to raise funds #TheBigListen and I was mooching about their website to see how they had done (after donating of course!) and came across this …..   It struck me how little it a can take, sometimes, to help someone who is caught up in their toxic bubble to […]

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Free Fruit Friday

I know, I know, I know … I am being flippant again but it really is one of my pet hates when I talk to organisations about wellbeing and the point me in the direction of initiatives like this. Ticked a box, handed out a battered banana to Cindy in accounts so that is our […]

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Have you got £99 to spend?

Anyone got £99? I have worked out that with £99 you could buy :- 41 bottles of Tippex OR 31 reams of A4 photocopier paper OR 21 A4 desk diaries OR 1 1 Microsoft wireless mouse/mice/mouses OR 1 person trained in Suicide Intervention Skills …. Now there is a decision! I wonder which of those […]

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Giving something back

According to Gallup’s research (2017) organisations with high employee engagement achieve 10% higher customer satisfaction, 17% higher productivity, 20% higher sales and 21% higher profitability and businesses at the top of the league table achieve earnings per share growth that is more than four times that of their competitors. No real surprises there though, we […]

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Why can’t you just …..

Regardless of the job we do or the industry we work in, there will come a point when we might have to have a difficult conversation. That might be with a member of the team who is not performing well, or is having frequent short term absences or is suddenly behaving inappropriately at work. It […]

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The Big Listen

Today sees the launch of #TheBigListen by the Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/media-centre/big-listen – and I would urge you, if you can, to spare a few pounds and support their marvellous work because that listening thing that they do, really can save lives. They don’t JUST listen, they talk to, but in a way that encourages you to talk […]

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Thriving or surviving or worse …

You may well have read the report from the  independent review on mental health at work conducted by Stevenson & Farmer  in 2017. In the report certain recommendations were made for employers who were serious about the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. I thought it might be worthwhile just sharing some of the […]

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