Reflecting on 2018

Although 2019 has already started and people are furiously writing about trends, goals, and everything future-gazing, I wanted to take the time to reflect on 2018. As I sat down to write an end of year Facebook post I realised that I simply had too much to say, so why not turn it into aContinue reading “Reflecting on 2018”

Taking things personally at work

At the very basic level, we all want to do our best at work (unless you really hate your job). We want to make sure we’re doing what’s required, so our colleagues enjoy working with us and we can keep our jobs. Whilst we busy ourselves with the basic requirements, there are many things thatContinue reading “Taking things personally at work”

Different ways to learn on the job

We hear a lot about learning & development in the workplace, and it’s something we look forward to (or at least I do). And if you’re really lucky, your company may have a special allowance or is well-known for providing training opportunities. But most of the time (at best), it’s a once a year courseContinue reading “Different ways to learn on the job”

Telling your boss you’re going through something personal

Mental wellbeing in the workplace isn’t always related to work induced situations. You may have other things going on in your life that impact how you feel on the job. Considering you spend 80% of your time at work – but luckily you are more than that – it’s only normal that the rest ofContinue reading “Telling your boss you’re going through something personal”

How to make sure employees are engaged and committed?

Employee engagement is a huge buzzword nowadays, right alongside company culture. A simple Google search reveals a first page full of articles with tips. A lot of companies are out there battling to win  “best place to work” and rightly so. After the big tech companies set the example with their fun workplaces and flexibleContinue reading “How to make sure employees are engaged and committed?”

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”

Dealing with trigger moments at work

If you are faced with some sort of mental health issue, you know that certain situations can “set you off”. If you suffer from social anxiety, going to large gatherings or parties may not be good for you. Or if you suffer from depression, an argument with a friend or a negative comment might startContinue reading “Dealing with trigger moments at work”

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?”