One of our recent well-being webinars (How to be an Eco-Warrior) introduced us to a new climate change friend. Pendar Vatanian, a certified Environmental Management Systems Auditor, created a #ClimateDice game after working with schools for a decade. He hopes to boost children’s imaginations and help them to re-imagine an alternative positive future. Like us, Pendar is a firm believer in the positive power of the imagination, in business as well as education.
The days are lighter and longer. The number of people vaccinated is growing rapidly. Coronavirus cases are going down in most areas and restrictions are going to be lifting shortly. We have a renewed sense of hope! But hold on a minute… Before you rush off with new plans and direction, are you feeling prepared and in a good place mentally to move forward? Surfers are selective and only paddle for waves that are worthwhile and fit their experience category. Just imagine yourself as a surfer for a moment. Do you know how to find your next perfect wave and ride it forward?
Tax exempt virtual yoga sessions will support the well-being of your employees. Many of whom are suffering both physically and mentally under the stresses of working from home during lockdown. They also might have missed out on the usual Christmas party or other annual social event. Your organisation can offer one or more fun yoga sessions to support well-being and address problems with posture, anxiety, sleep and insomnia.
Join this virtual PGC open programme to develop your coaching and mentoring ability and to gain an accredited qualification from Leeds Business School. The Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership in Organisations will develop your coaching and mentoring skills, behaviours and knowledge. It is ideal for developing internal and external coaches, consultants and mentors.
Join specialists from across a range of topics to explore well-being techniques to help you thrive. During our more traditional coaching, mentoring and leadership development work, we have noticed a demand for improving employee well-being. Connect with our diverse team on any of nine free fortnightly webinars for ideas to improve well-being for yourself or within your organisation.
Many of the problems in workplaces, from lack of creativity to failure to use the spectrum of talent within an organisation, are at base communication failures. Prejudice and unconscious bias thrive wherever people do not feel able to have open and authentic conversations about difference. But these can be rapidly overcome when people are able to share and explore together their assumptions about each other—hence diversity dialogue.
The whole world has been rocked by the appalling murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. His sad death has been the catalyst to unlock the world’s feelings about the cruelty, overt discrimination and racial injustice against black people. This is not just a US issue, which is why protests are taking place globally. Racism is abhorrent and although as an organisation we do not normally comment on world events, in this situation, as we did with the Covid-19 pandemic, we feel we must speak out to counteract the apathy and indifference that allows this intolerance and prejudice to exist.
Resilience is something I don’t usually lack—so why am I feeling anxiety and worry? The unprecedented lockdown conditions and uncertainly of what lies ahead after these times, have caused many of us to feel anxiety and worry—and quite rightly so. There are no predetermined rules for the intensity of the emotions we might feel; we don’t need to be preforming a particular role, or be in a specific working environment to experience them.
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