She’s behaving oddly?

This morning you had your monthly team meeting – usual agenda, usual feedback, usual catch ups. Apart from that awkward moment when you saw her lost in her own thoughts and not paying attention to the meeting and you had to ask her the question twice before you got a reply. Even then the reply […]

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Just doing my job

So today you are on the phone, just doing your job, and you have to remind a client that they are in arrears with their payments. You have been tasked with bringing down the arrears on your cases so you are ready to have this conversation and stick to your point. You have gathered all […]

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Post Trauma Support – PTSD

I have the privilege of an ongoing contract with the Fire Service and am always in complete awe of the situations that those people deal with on an almost daily basis. Over the last 12 months I have chatted to them about this terrible tragedy and heard their thoughts and opinions as professionals who are […]

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Underneath that poor performance

So you finally get chance to sit down with Joe and discuss the concerns you have about their performance. You let them know the standards that are expected compared to the standards that they have been delivering, you offer specific examples and give them evidence of your concerns. Joe does not disagree with you. He […]

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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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