Don’t cut staff to cut costs – There’s a more productive way

No-one wins in my opinion if a business resorts to cutting staff to cut costs: The people being made redundant. The family and loved ones of those being made redundant. The people processing those being made redundant. The teams and staff that need to pick up the responsibilities left behind. The employees, customers, suppliers [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Musings, Solutions|0 Comments

Now is the best time to think about stress

Both personally and commercially I must add! ‘Personally’ because stress is a trigger for mental health challenges. Many experience heightened stress when transitioning from holiday mode back to work mode, so this time of the year can be a taxing time for some. It’s also the time when many parents send their kids off to [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|Solutions|0 Comments

This summer will you learn if you work to live or live to work

So it’s the summer holidays in the UK, most of Europe and I expect beyond, when employees naturally take a week or two off to enjoy with family, friends or on their own. I like to think I work to live, but I fear I might be wrong. Will I really be there 100% on [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|Musings|0 Comments

When did business stop us being humans? (WARNING – not for the squeamish!)

I won’t name the organisation, venue and individual because that would be unfair and detract from the context of this discussion. And I know you will ask, so she is fine now, thank you so much for asking. Whilst celebrating my mother in law’s (can’t say the number) birthday on Saturday with an extended [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Musings|0 Comments

Absenteeism is the ‘hummock’ but presenteeism is the ‘bummock’

For those of you that know your iceberg’s you will understand the basis for this title. For those that don’t, I’ll explain shortly. It’s almost a year since I ‘opened up’ and in that time I have learned a lot about myself, others and how businesses are approaching mental difference. Mental health awareness is at [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Musings|0 Comments

Something to try if you are having a hard time – ReMINDniscing

I’ve had a tough month which started with me pulling a muscle cluster in my backside whilst dancing around the house in some Batman pants I found in the draw and didn’t realise I had (long story that involved a lot of dunanananananananananah). It meant I couldn’t run for weeks which is a core component [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Musings|0 Comments

Mental wellbeing is strategic not tactical!

I can’t stress enough that any approach to mental wellbeing needs to be strategic not tactical. There is a huge amount of mental health awareness now, which is amazing. However, I am worried that the conversation with some businesses still centres around implementing off-the-shelf activities without detailed workforce and business needs discovery, risk analysis [...]

By | June 16th, 2017|Solutions|0 Comments

The professional approach to engaging employees in mental health conversation

Some hard facts In our experience anything up to two thirds of the people attending a talk on mental wellbeing will have intimate experience of mental ill health! Some people will ‘open up’, so you must be prepared, as they will be at their most vulnerable. Introducing ‘open’ mental health conversation into an organisation is [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The tri-brand mental wellbeing opportunity

We are on the road to ensuring mental wellbeing is discussed continuously in the board room, and investment in mental wellbeing programmes will naturally increase seismically when the C suite automatically prioritises employee wellbeing, due to its potential to the bottom line, as it does robust financial governance as part of standard business strategy. [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|Musings, Solutions|0 Comments