26
Jan

Mental Health, Mindfulness and Men: Time to Act

On 4th February, my colleagues and I will be joining the national Time to Talk about mental health campaign by taking 5 minutes of our day (probably more, knowing us) to ask each other about how we’re looking after ourselves. While we will not deny the benefits of exercise, good diet and a decent night’s …

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10
Dec

Christmas pickle: managing your work-life balance and feeling the joy

Which dictionary definition best reflects your festive intentions and experience? Pickle: ˈpɪk(ə)l/ 1. A relish consisting of vegetables or fruit preserved in vinegar and enhanced by festive spices such as cinnamon or clove, perfect with cheese and Port. 2.  Experiencing a difficult situation characterised by feelings of panic brought about by Christmas deadlines.  (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~) Are …

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10
Nov

Let’s Talk About It…

The CIPD’s Autumn 2015 Employee Outlook Research reports that employee ratings around their relationship to their managers have worsened, particularly around respect, confidence and trust. It also identifies the importance of matching skill sets to job role and the detrimental impact on employee motivation when there is a mismatch.   The research suggests that one way …

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20
Oct

Mindfulness at Work

Are you aware of how Mindfulness can help to reduce tension and improve performance at work? Many individuals are beginning to experience the benefits of regular mindfulness practice, however, there can be a lack of understanding at a business level as to how such a practice could be beneficial in the workplace. Research shows a …

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9
Oct

World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10th October

Let’s talk about it: promoting well-being in work Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and we’re all invited to consider what we can each do to promote our well-being. Have you had your five-a-day? asks Mind in their awareness raising campaign and I ask myself how their five-a-day relates to promoting employee well-being. Be …

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6
Oct

Introduction to David Lynch and his first article – Courage in Leadership

I am delighted that David joined us at Namasté Culture as an L&D Professional of the Highest Order on a short-term contract in the summer, our collaboration worked so well there was no way I could let him leave in the autumn to take his talents elsewhere! David now shares L&D development and delivery with …

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18
Jun

Keeping Your Finger On The Pulse

Have you ever been surprised to find out that things were going wrong with individuals or your team? Are you last to know if someone has a health issue, is stressed or simply dissatisfied with their working life? If this sounds like you, you need to adapt a very simple management technique – Management By …

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5
Jun

Mental Health Problems cost UK employers £26 billion each year

The business case for supporting good mental health In the first of several blogs, we look at the findings of the recent Mental Health Taskforce and what it means for you, your staff, and the success of your organisation. What is mental health? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as: ‘a state of …

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2
Mar

Is Your Business Being Affected by Lack of Sleep?

March 2015 is National Bed Month in the UK and National Sleep Awareness week runs from 2 to 8 March in the USA. We all know that if you don’t get enough sleep you can be grumpy and less productive at work, did you also know that regularly missing out on sleep puts you at …

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18
Dec

Six Reasons Why Productivity Is Low and What You Can Do About It

Recently I was talking to a senior manager at a local business. It’s a subsidiary of a USA company and their senior management was unhappy with the UK office performance. He was very worried about the implications for the future. Productivity had not dropped, but neither had it risen as the parent company expected. The Chartered Institute …

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