What does ‘resilience’ mean for Occupational Therapists (OTs) in the modern workplace?
Professional Self-Leadership in the workplace
In 2014, with a group of Occupational Therapists (OTs), I designed and circulated a survey in order to gain a range of qualitative experiences on this topic which could be used to inform a drama performance I was commissioning. The survey asked questions concerning experiences of stress, stigma, feelings at the end of the working […]
Do Vision and Mission Statements Work?
Foreward: This blog was originally written for a newsletter which supports the professional development of Executive Personal Assistants. However, it is applicable to a range of professionals. I define Self-Leadership as life long self-development, founded on self-respect and self-awareness. Self-Leadership is the founding blocks of effective leadership of others. A leader, manager or PA who […]
Book Review: Changing Vampires in the Workplace into Angels
I have worked with so many organisations which although they have mission and vision statements in place- do not actually live by or follow them. Usually the staff do not know what the company vision and mission statements are and moreover, if they do, they do not believe in them – they see their organisations’ […]
Bullying at Work is here to stay…?
I have just been reading this book: Changing Vampires into Angels’ by Maria Paviour. The book talks about the different types of relationships we can have with people. In particular, it talks about how certain people can be energy vampires who drain and manipulate. Maria describes many different types of vampire. There were many ‘a-ha’ […]
Positioned at Work – to rate your managers’ skills?
I reviewed the newspapers: The Metro and The Standard, in November 2015 and came across two particular articles which spoke about workplace bullying and the costs to industry. Sadly, services like mine which help workers rise above work stress are very much needed… The Metro states categorically that bullying at work is very much on […]
Ongoing Frustrations at work in health care Pt (2)- Avoiding the Blame Game.
This blog explores the idea of reverse feedback in the workplace and the benefits of this to both parties in the employer – employee dynamic. How often in the workplace have you been asked by your manager to rate their performance? I have only been asked once. And this has me wondering why? How else […]
Feature Article: The Feminine nature of Stress
Following on from part 1: ‘Ongoing frustrations in the NHS – What can you do?’ We know that when working in the NHS- it’s always someone’s fault. Managers never seem to understand why I can’t do everything now- or yesterday. And I can’t seem to ever understand why they think telling me something is ‘urgent’ will […]
The ‘Dip’ at Work and How to Pull yourself Out
‘Stress’ is a common word used in our society, especially in the workplace! Forget “fight or flight” as the only duo of responses in the face of stress. For women, there’s a third response: “befriend.” A landmark UCLA study turned five decades of stress research on its head with the revelation that a cascade of […]
For those of us that run our own businesses, it’s quite a natural part of the process that you feel down at times and at other times, up. This is the case for life and work. The ongoing recession we are in doesn’t help either. It can be frustrating wondering where and when the next […]