What does it mean to be a (good) manager?

Over the years I’ve had a variety of managers, ranging from good to mediocre to bad. When I was able to take a step back, observe their behaviours, and ask myself what they were doing well or what they could have done better, it was an eye-opening experience and an opportunity to learn. So whenContinue reading “What does it mean to be a (good) manager?”

Letting work encroach on life

Today I’d like to talk about what happens when work takes over your life. By that I mean more than working long hours, I’m talking about when work starts to ruin your social life, your relationships and your health. When it changes you, to a point where you’re not who you used to be. WhatContinue reading “Letting work encroach on life”

#agencylife – prep school for adults

I recently resigned from my job in an agency after 6 years. You can read more about how and why I made that decision here. It’s been an incredible journey, and I wanted to reflect on exactly what it’s like to work in an agency, because it’s certainly different to anything else I had everContinue reading “#agencylife – prep school for adults”

How to know when to quit your job?

I’m pretty sure that at least once in your life you’ve thought to yourself: “that’s it, I quit!” If you haven’t then you are one of those very fortunate people who gets to do a job they love, or else perhaps you’re delusional… Just kidding! More seriously, I don’t think there are many people whoContinue reading “How to know when to quit your job?”

Team dynamics – mental health in the workplace

It goes without saying that a crucial part of your workplace environment is your team, and more widely, your colleagues. 

When it comes to mental health, they too have an important role to play. How can they impact how you feel for better or worse? 

Self Help Techniques

Continuing on the series related to mental health, another topic suggested was “techniques for self help”. It’s a difficult one because there are so many different ways this could be looked at, but for today I will pick my top 5. Read on! This blog post has moved! It has gone to “That’s mental, aContinue reading “Self Help Techniques”

How to stay motivated?

Still on the topic of mental health and wellbeing, one of the topics suggested was “How to stay motivated”? I almost put this off to a time when I was more motivated, how ironic! But then it occurred to me I have experiences I can draw on to try to answer this question. This blogContinue reading “How to stay motivated?”

Mental health – what to say… or not

As you may know, anxiety, and more broadly mental health are topics of importance to me. In particular when it comes to mental health in the workplace, I feel that the subjects are as yet not discussed enough, whilst seeing an increasing number of articles and studies on how many people are be burning out.Continue reading “Mental health – what to say… or not”

Living with Anxiety – Part 2

With the recent publication of the « Thriving at work » study, it felt like an appropriate time to write the sequel to my first post, which I’d been planning for a while. In case you’ve not heard of the report, it was commissioned by Theresa May and highlighted the fact that around 300’000 people with aContinue reading “Living with Anxiety – Part 2”

5 tips for finding the work-life balance

Finding the work life balance is a tough one. Where does work end and play start, particularly if work is your life for example? Starting a new job after nearly a year and a half of unemployment, suddenly made it hard for me to find a healthy balance between the two. I was catapulted from 100%Continue reading “5 tips for finding the work-life balance”