Mental health stories have dominated the newspapers over the past 1-2 years. Recently I was saddened to read in the media of the tragic death of Kate Spade. Someone whose brand had such colour and life, whose designs seemed to scream joy. Just so sad – someone who seemed to have so much, but someone that we sadly no longer have in the world.
As we approach 2018, my blog this month concentrates on methods that can make each day a little easier. High flying people tend to lead high-stress lives, meeting deadlines, achieving targets and often juggling children and a hectic social life too. Occasionally the stresses and strains can seem overwhelming, however there are ways to cope and remedies that can be turned to.
Recently I have been running workshops on mindfulness to employees of local companies. These workshops haven’t covered every element of mindfulness, but have been a taster and hopefully from them, all the attendees will have left with a much better understand of what mindfulness is, and what it is not. Even if they do not put everything into practice, I feel that there will have been perhaps one or two exercises that they are easily able to incorporate into their every day life.
Running out of drive? Not getting on with a colleague? Even the most high-powered business person has doubts about the decisions that they make on a daily basis, or whether or not they even want the job. With all these things, it could be time to start with a business coach.
As we come to the end of the summer holidays and the start of a new term for school children, I have been coaching two clients recently on the subject of work/life integration. Both clients have been finding that the juggling act between both work and their family/personal life has become too difficult. They each wanted that they could alter their lives in order that they felt in control of both their work, and also their family/personal life. Due to the speed of life at present, made worse frequently by technology and the fact that people can now rarely be completely ‘out of the office’, many people do feel that their lives are running away with them and no element of their life is quite as they wish it to be.
Frequently in meetings that I attend and also from the clients that I work with, I hear the words, ‘I am just so busy. No time to do this. No time to do that. Just busy, busy’. Often these words
Recently a client asked me how they could find out more information about the health sector, apart from what they could find on the internet. I spoke to my friends in recruitment to find out exactly what are the best methods currently to get the inside track on an organisation which will assist someone in getting employment and this is what they said:
Ask your friends and colleagues if they know anyone in the sector that you could speak to. Look through their friends on Linkedin and see if any of them work in that sector, and say, ‘X, would it be possible that you could introduce me to Y’. Usually people are delighted to help.
Do you feel that you work in a happy office? Is it an enjoyable environment to work in? No matter what industry one may work in, I believe that it is always possible to create a happy working environment. Sometimes it can be hard, for example, if an organisation is going through a redundancy programme, it is going to be hard for a happy vibe to be created.
An article that I enjoyed reading over the summer was by Travis Bradberry and featured in Forbes magazine. It was entitled ‘9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit’. This article highlighted the fact that in most cases, people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers. With the majority of coaching clients that I am working with, who are considering leaving their jobs, it is true that I have yet to hear, ‘I’m just bored in my job’. Instead what I hear are comments such as, ‘I refuse to work under a micro-manager’, ‘My manager doesn’t know how to manage and lead a team’ and ‘My manager considers their bullying behaviour to be normal’. So looking at six of the nine areas that Travis Bradberry focused on, what do bad managers do?
I have spent the majority of June and July, working with local schools in the preparation of their pupils for prefect, university/college and apprenticeship interviews. In my previous career as an Army officer, I thoroughly enjoyed assisting my soldiers in their preparation for Sandhurst interviews, and now I get that same feeling as I develop pupils for their interviews.
In my group and individual sessions, much time is spent examining an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, thinking about which questions are likely and how to respond and deciding the most useful experiences to talk about.