Susan Leigh

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Moving forward from redundancy

Some of us may remember the concept of a job for life, where you worked for a large blue-chip company or solid family business and received opportunities for training, promotion, travel and even relocation, leaving only due to personal choice or circumstance. Today this is a somewhat alien concept, with many people changing their jobs every three years or so through boredom or redundancy.

A job for life is pretty much extinct.
As companies fold,

Starting again as lockdown restrictions lift

As lockdown restrictions start to lift it’s becoming increasingly apparent that there are distinct differences in our attitudes towards moving forward. Some businesses have continued trading throughout and many have thrived due to extra demand for their essential advice, care, goods and services. This requirement may now have to be reviewed and ultimately modified as demand for those specific items gradually wanes.

For those who’ve had an exceptionally busy year, successfully tailored their offerings to meet specific demands,

Working from home – the new norm?

Working from home is becoming a more popular choice, especially of late with the spread of Coronavirus, where most office-based businesses have their workforces exercising social distancing for at least the next few months. Before the pandemic there were many reasons home working was gaining momentum as the method of choice for many workers and businesses.

Some staff employed by large organisations may have responsibility for several regions in the country and are home-based for expediency. They may have to attend meetings and updates at head office on occasion (which is now via zoom or skype),

New year, New You!

Certain times of the year can prompt us to review our lives. It may be a new year, an anniversary, a significant birthday that motivates us to pause awhile and reflect on where we are, on what we’ve done with our lives and what we’d like to do next.

For some this could be a pleasurable few moments of reflection. We’ve achieved much of what we aimed for, have good relationships, lovely children, a successful career or business,

What does resilience mean to you?

Certain words seem to be popular at different times. They’re used as buzz words, meant to encourage us to focus on specific aspects of our health, wellbeing and performance. Resilience is the latest of these words, but what do you understand by it, what does resilience mean to you? Many of us regard resilience as being about tenacity, durability, coping with ‘the heat’ and being ready and able to bounce back. Perspective is an important aspect of resilience, seeing hurdles as stepping-stones and not treating them as barriers or stumbling blocks.

Why don’t you take your holidays?

I’m sure many of us will remember the culture of working long hours, always keen to be recognised as the first to arrive and the last one to leave each day. It didn’t matter if the hours in-between were spent roaming offices clutching a file under one arm, looking busy. We were there! These days, with so many of us hot-desking, working from home or on the road travelling from meeting to meeting there’s no time to ‘look busy’ as we’ve often very little time to waste.

Sleep and the shift worker

On the face of it shift work and flexible working patterns can seem like great options. Part of the appeal may be that you’re free to do things when others are at work. You can shop, visit places, get things done with relative ease. And from a business and operations perspective shift and flexible working patterns provide full 24 hour cover and the means to maximise efficiency during opening hours. They are used effectively in retail, call centres, medical, security,

Relax and take a break

How often do you relax and take a break? Statistics reveal that increasing numbers of us are loathe to take time away from work, with some 19 million days of UK holiday entitlement remaining untaken in one year alone. One in five of us work seven extra hours each week of unpaid overtime. And these figures only record those in salaried employment. Business owners and sole traders rarely think about set hours or what time they should be clocking off from work.

Manage the stress of being the best

How do you manage the stress of being the best? If you’re really focused on never putting a foot wrong it can be overwhelming and exhausting, not just for you but for all concerned. You may even be aware of people who check their work so often that they effectively become word-blind and would find it hard to tell if there was an error! If you’re at that stage in your pursuit of being the best you can lose the ability to critically review your work.

Change is inevitable, but how do you cope?

I was having a conversation with a friend who’d worked for many years in a small family run business. She’d started her working life there, had worked in every area of the business and as such had acquired many skills throughout that time. Now the family was closing the business and she was really struggling to cope with the inevitability of the change that was coming.

She was feeling insecure, lost, fearful about the future and concerned as to how she would cope.