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Most of us will recognise the feelings of extreme stress at work. You feel exhausted, disengaged and unable to cope. But did you know that since May 2019, burnout has been redefined and is now included in the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases diagnostic manual? Recognised as a ‘syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed’, burnout...
Earlier this year, Gentoo Group was named the second most inclusive UK employer by LGBT equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2020 . Lucy Malarkey from Gentoo Group tells us more about how they have created an inclusive and supportive workplace and how they support the wellbeing of their LGBT staff and tenants. We've been placed second in the Top 100 list for the work we've specifically done to successfully...
Earlier this month, CIPD’s latest Good Work Index report was released and the results show that job quality has deteriorated over the last two years. Aimed at providing an annual snapshot of job quality in the UK, the survey of more than 6,000 workers found the number of people saying work has a positive impact on their mental health had fallen from 44% to 35% . This survey was taken before Covid-19 hit and a subsequent survey...
We interviewed Melin Homes last month about their award-winning employee wellbeing initiative and thought it would be interesting to have another chat with their Communications Officer Fiona Williams about how they’re dealing with the effects of Covid-19 in the workplace. How has Covid‐19 and lockdown impacted Melin Homes? At Melin we have always been really proud of our agile working policy. In 2017 we won an award for...
The past few months have been extremely difficult for all of us so if you feel that your mental health has been suffering, you’re not alone. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has left many of us feeling isolated, anxious, and stressed. We’ve had to deal with being cooped up indoors, worrying about the future and our loved ones who we are unable to visit. We’ve put together a list of online resources and apps that will...
Transport for London has offered mindfulness combined with other interventions like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to staff and it has led to 71% reduction in days off for stress, anxiety and depression. (Mindful Nation Report 2015) The word mindfulness appears to be creeping up almost everywhere these days and increasingly companies are looking to mindfulness as a solution to various issues in the workplace.  But what...
Melin Homes is a leading housing provider in south Wales and manages over 4,000 homes. With over 260 staff, Melin’s culture is built on strong values and they were ranked 6th in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For in 2020 . We caught up with Fiona Williams, Communications Officer, to find out more about what it’s like to work at Melin and specifically about their award-winning employee health and...
We too often underestimate the power of small acts of kindness: giving yourself time to have a bubble bath, calling a friend out the blue to tell them we love them or having a good old chinwag with the supermarket assistant. These small acts can have a ripple effect and really turn someone’s day around. At the core of self-love is practicing kindness and compassion to yourself. If you have attended my classes before, you know I...
As children, we learn that kindness is a desirable quality and, as adults, the majority of us want to be compassionate. To treat yourself with kindness means to accept yourself and all your faults; to understand that none of us are perfect, though we often have very high, sometimes unattainable expectations to be gentle, warm and supportive and not harshly judge when mistakes are made.  Making a mistake does not mean we are not...
Even before the official lockdown, a lecturer in Cornwall started a kindness campaign, offering support for those self-isolating. It took the form of leafleting neighbours with contact details of people prepared to offer help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or regular check-in phone calls. Her Facebook page sharing her ideas soon circulated and others copied and spread the goodness worldwide. Life is difficult for so many people....
When we think of the qualities required for succeeding in the workplace, we often think of having good initiative, being able to work within a team, or time management skills. But what about kindness? Is this something that is discussed at interviews? Kindness is not always top of the priority list in a work environment, neither for the employer nor the employee. The workplace is traditionally seen as competitive, and people who display more...
We are currently living in uncertain times and it’s safe to say that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone. It’s during difficult times like these that we notice people coming together, supporting one other and acts of kindness become more important than ever. We have seen communities supporting each other by helping elderly and vulnerable neighbours, thousands of people responding to the UK government’s call for...
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