Recent Articles

  • What’s your bounce-back-ability like?
    by Annie Litchfield on Sunday 29th March, 2020

    Resilience is a key skill within both our personal and work lives. MIND state that resilience is being able to deal with pressure and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. It’s not just your ability to bounce back but also your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances.

  • Managing your team in a virtual world
    by Annie Litchfield on Friday 27th March, 2020

    As humans we all have a need for belonging, identifying with a group, pursuing purposeful goals and objectives, and developing a sense of bonding. These are important to overcome social isolation, alienation and disconnection. So, working remotely sets us a challenge to be able to maintain that sense of belonging and purpose.

  • How do you anchor yourself?
    by Annie Litchfield on Thursday 26th March, 2020

    In a way ‘normal’ life seems so frivolous, so unimportant. Yet it’s the pieces of our normal lives that should steady us. They should be the anchor that holds us in place. Even work feels somehow irrelevant. So much of normal life has changed: no socialising with friends and family, no going to work or school for a lot of people, no going about our daily lives as usual.

  • How’s your day going?
    by Annie Litchfield on Monday 23rd March, 2020

    I’m a chronic migraine sufferer and I have my own ways to ensure it minimally affects my work. I can generally manage to keep it together until I get home and collapse in bed!

  • How organised are your kitchen cupboards?
    by Annie Litchfield on Thursday 19th March, 2020

    I have been musing over the extra time at home and possible extra working hours where the interruptions, calls, office chats etc don’t take place. This could mean therefore that we all have a bit more quadrant 2 time to plan and prepare. Awesome! Or, it could mean we all get too distracted and end up watching Holly and Phil on This Morning! Let’s hope it’s the former.

  • Workplace investigation reporting
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 17th March, 2020

    A lot of time and effort goes into an investigation at work from interviewing witnesses, compiling evidence, reviewing policies and witness statements etc. Once all this work has been completed a report needs to be written to outline the evidence and make recommendations for next action. That all sounds great however, but when was the last time you wrote an official report? Depending on your job that could have been some time ago back in college or uni.

  • Annie – Are you OK? A review of our two day Mental Health First Aider programme
    by Annie Litchfield on Monday 16th March, 2020

    A drizzly March Tuesday morning and 9 delegates descend on the Loates office in Darley Abbey Mills. With lashings of tea and coffee and a stack of choccy biccies we are warmly greeted by our trainer, Amanda. Ahead of us is a 2-day course to qualify us as all as Mental Health First Aiders.

  • Are you recruiting fairly?
    by Annie Litchfield on Friday 13th March, 2020

    Have you heard of the phrase protected characteristics? Do you know what they all are? How does this relate to you as an employer or Line Manager? How does your recruitment stack up as a fair and objective process? You will not be discriminatory if you recruit based on objective skills and competences such as confidence, drive, ability to remain cool, leadership skills, communication skills and the ability to get on with people.

  • Are you ready to work from home?
    by Annie Litchfield on Friday 13th March, 2020

    With the prospects of more and more of us having to work from home due to the actions taken to delay the spread of the coronavirus, following some simple tips can help make your time at home the most productive for you and your job.

  • John has raised a grievance about Dave; what do I do now?
    by Annie Litchfield on Monday 9th March, 2020

    The world of investigations can seem a daunting place and the consequences if it is done incorrectly can be costly. As business owners and managers, you need to familiarise yourself with the process as deciding without completing a reasonable investigation can make any subsequent decisions or actions unfair and leave you vulnerable to legal action.

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