Many companies have started to introduce choice to colleagues, allowing people to choose the days that they would like to come into the office the days that they would rather work from home. With the offer of a new 'hybrid' working arrangement, many have started to work a ratio of 3:2, with 3 days being in the office and two working from home.
The most common days to work from home run either side of the weekend depending on work commitments and as a result, these members of staff are working TW&T days (as seen on twitter) which stands for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Understanding that employees are faced with two different working routines, how do we ensure that we get the best of both worlds, and reduce the chance of a two tier culture? The first thing to realise is that there are advantages and disadvantages of both working arrangements. The predicament that many are faced with is extracting the best parts of working...
When I was young I learned to juggle. I could take 3 juggling balls and swiftly elevate them into the air in a whole host of various and complicated patterns. Then someone would throw a 4th ball into the mix and without thinking I could absorb the extra strain and just about manage to keep the routine going. A 5th ball would be introduced but this time it was too much and then...disaster, I would drop them all - I had reached the limit of my capacity! The point is, I didn’t just drop the two that I was struggling with, even though I was easily able to manage three, trying to manage 5, meant they all came tumbling down.
So what’s this got to do with you? If you entered an elevator you would always see a sign warning you of the capacity of the lift. If you exceeded the capacity there would be undue strain on the cables and pulleys which could lead to poor performance and even put the inhabitants at risk of danger. The...
What is happiness?
Leading behavioural psychologists tell us that it’s often a combination of factors. Firstly, an overall sense of wellbeing. Someone who feels in control of their health, is active, and conscious of what they need to do to stay healthy. Secondly, someone who not only experiences positive situations, but someone who recognises the positives and welcomes those feelings too; for example after an appraisal at work, not only focussing on the stuff to improve, but also recalling and telling others about the positives too. Lastly those who have plans, goals, a direction they are heading in, whether that be work or personal.
Now of course you can be inactive, not very healthy or have any true direction and still be happy, but would having them make you even happier?
That said, what can we all do to improve our happiness and have more chances of experiencing the emotion more regularly?
‘You don't find happiness, you create it.’
This is a...
For many, having worked from home for an extended period, we have realised the importance of having a good work-station set-up to keep us functioning and out of pain. So as we begin our transition towards hybrid working we must remember that good ergonomics is vital. As a reminder, good ergonomics is not just about furniture. Rather, it is more focused on people in their working environment with the aim of increasing comfort and productivity.
Although there are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration we consider the five top tips to remember:
“If I hear the word ‘new-normal’ again I’m going to lose it” is the expression that many employees have told us over the past 12 months. However, while the phrase may be frustrating for many, the continual changing of the goal posts are testing our ability to adapt. We appreciate that for many, the pandemic has allowed some new challenging habits to form, there have also been some positives too.
‘Covid-keeps’ are defined as habits that we have built during lockdown that we don’t want to lose. This may have included new walking routines, eating schedules, yoga stretches, mind-time and much, much more. All of this is great but as we gear-up to the next covid-chapter it is useful to plan which habits we would like to keep.
So let’s look at a few examples. If you have developed a walking habit, perhaps a couple of times in the day it may be hard to spontaneously fit this in when you are at...
We brought HR and wellbeing leads together from across different sectors to share their wellbeing related challenges, and exchange ideas on how to combat the ever-increasing levels of stress and anxiety as we start to return to the office.
Here are some of the big questions we asked:
The HR and Wellbeing leads around the (Zoom) table spanned a variety of sectors, from financial services, communications and supporting pharma companies to satisfy drug regulations. Whilst their businesses are very different, when it comes to employee wellbeing, there's a lot in common.
The greatest challenges related to keeping colleagues connected and motivated whilst working remotely. Despite...
The Olympic athletes will be jumping, swimming, throwing, hurdling, vaulting and much much more. In fact, by the time we see these ‘race-ready’ athletes you would agree that they make it look so easy. But what skills and characteristics are necessary to become a top athlete and can we relate these to our own lives? To discuss this in more detail we’ve highlighted 9 top traits that the majority of athletes possess and what Wilma had in abundance in order to elevate her to stardom.
From the film, The Karate Kid (1984), Mr Myagi said if you walk on one side of the road, safe, walk on the other side of the road, safe, but if you walk in the middle of the road sooner or later you get squished just like a grape. Now let’s imagine that working from home was one side of the road and working in the office was the other, we don’t want to become the grape! So let’s consider, how will hybrid working work?
For some, working from home had significant advantages. Whether it was saving commuting time as well as money, getting more done with less distractions or even keeping on top of the washing pile. But with this new-found-freedom there was also more pressure to be organised and committed to getting the work done.
From surveying hundreds of employees, working from home was not great for everyone. Some had young children that required attention and others didn’t have suitable desk areas to create a work...
When we mention equations there are often a lot of raised eyebrows in the audience, however, occasionally an equation comes along that is helpful with our day-to-day life and worth taking note of:
DISAPPOINTMENT = EXPECTATIONS - REALITY
If you throw around a few variables we get an idea of how this equation works. Let’s presume that for most people the aim is to minimise disappointment. This is best achieved when we strive to minimise our expectations. If our expectations match our current reality then our disappointment score would be zero. Furthermore if our reality was actually a lot better than we were expecting then disappointment decreases its hold on our existence. The main time we get submerged in large amounts of disappointment is when we are expecting something to go one way but for some reason or another, we find that in reality, this didn’t happen.
Now, this doesn’t mean that we should always expect the worst. It’s important to...
The definition of resilience is sometimes hard to pin down. It is often thought of as the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity but as you will see, it is not that simple.
Does one think that an individual who goes through a trauma and returns to work the next day is more resilient than the individual who goes through a similar trauma, suffers with PTSD and has 6 months of therapy but then returns back to work? Both individuals have bounced back, but one took a little longer, and that’s fine. The question is whether we can maximise our ‘springiness’ when it comes to bouncing back.
Two important days are recognised in June that are relevant to this discussion. The first of which occurs in the USA on June 4th is ‘National Hug Your Cat’ day and the second is June 8th, which is ‘International Best friends day’. While they add a little chuckle as we search for a feline friend to cuddle the important point is that friendships are...