Newsletter 77 – September/October 2014

Newsletter 77 – September/October 2014


Posted by Amanda Furness

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Welcome to the late summer 2014 edition of In Equilibrium

Our late summer edition includes:

  • Details of our new one day course offered on-site throughout the UK
  • Links to recent articles on our blog about Unconscious Bias, Burnout, Stress and the Law, and the Stigma of Mental Health
  • An effective but perhaps not very glamorous stress tip
  • Some practical advice on resilience by Dr Dawn Hamilton in our “Ask the Expert” feature
  • All our other regular items including quotations, resources and links to recent articles of interest

 

In Equilibrium News


New One Day Course Available

We are delighted to be offering a new one day course entitled “Overcoming Unconscious Bias”. The course can be delivered at your workplace and is particularly suitable for those with a leadership role in the company as well as any managers involved in recruitment, appraisals and/or promotion.

The following two articles are available on our blog which we hope will provide some interesting background reading:
Unconscious Bias – An Explanation
This article highlights the part unconscious bias can play in decision making in the workplace and the importance for organisations of creating awareness and training for their managers and staff.

Practical Solutions to Managing Unconscious Biases
Some practical suggestions that both individuals and organisations can take to help decision makers be aware of and manage their unconscious biases in the workplace.

Trainer News

We are delighted to be working with two new trainers:

Dr Dawn Hamilton has been a trainer and coach in organisational resilience, stress management and wellness for the past seventeen years. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others to help them lead happier, healthier lives and likes to provide clients with a comprehensive toolkit of practical strategies that can be adapted to their personal work situations.

Christine Clark has a background in health and safety which has contributed to her thorough knowledge of the HSE Management Standards. Over a 20 year period she has been supporting organisations and individuals to improve their management of workplace well-being, fine tune their resilience and support mental ill health.

Recent blog articles you may have missed include:

Burnout – an explanation
This article will hopefully answer some initial questions about this topic by explaining what it is; the causes, signs and symptoms; difference between burnout and stress; how to cope; and the recovery process.

Stress and the law
A brief post to remind readers of the five important areas they should consider when thinking about stress and the statutory provisions of employment law.

The stigma of mental illness
An article looking at the effect stigma and bias have on those suffering from mental ill health and the important role mental health awareness training in the workplace can play.

Counselling or Coaching
An infographic which looks at how counselling and coaching differ in their approach to help people decide which route may be best for them.

Recent Testimonial

We recently received this very flattering testimonial from South Tyneside Homes following our development and delivery of training for them:

“Why did we choose In-Equilibrium? Simple answer really. They listened. They listened to our concerns. They listened to our expectations. They listened to our staff. Then they asked us questions. And again they listened. This approach has resulted in delivery of a truly bespoke course that has hit exactly the right note with our staff. The sessions on Resilience and Managers Managing Stress have helped us all deal with the many short term challenges organisations inevitably go through. I have a strong belief that with the continued post training support and resources on offer from In-Equilibrium our staff can meet the long term challenges and objectives head on. Thank you In-Equilibrium for a professional service.”

Stress Management Tip

Ever feel like you will burst if you don’t get some time on your own?  This stress tip provides a practical solution.

Read our stress management tip here …

View our archive of stress management tips here …

Ask The Expert

Dr Dawn Hamilton offers advice to a reader who is looking for a more resilient approach if they don’t see eye to eye with their manager’s style.

The Scenario
I lead a team of six and at my last performance appraisal my manager criticised my leadership ability, saying that although my team got the job done, my communication skills were poor and that I should listen less and direct more. I found this hard to take, I don’t think because I’m unable to handle criticism, but because I have little respect for my manager’s style and ability in these areas – I feel I get far more out of my team by using a collaborative approach than an autocratic one. However, the company has been undergoing a period of organisational change and this has resulted in my manager being moved to a different part of the business. I hope that the new manager will not share my old manager’s views but can you offer any advice as to skills I could practise to increase my resilience and be better able to handle a manager I don’t see eye to eye with, as well as perhaps being able to lead my team more professionally?

Expert’s Answer
Dr Dawn Hamilton offers some food for thought and suggests a few practical approaches the reader may like to consider.

Read her answer here …

Dr Dawn Hamilton’s profile can be viewed here …
If you found our answer helpful, you may be interested in our resilience training …

You can read previous Ask The Expert questions and answers here …

Amanda’s Column

Amanda discovers that the moral dilemmas of parenthood go on and on …

Read past editions of Amanda’s column here …

Resources

In this edition we feature an article explaining why health and wellbeing are so important for productivity and a website offering accessibility reviews of a growing number of public places.

Click here to view this edition’s resources

Quotations

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
Charles Swindoll
(b. 1934)
American evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator and radio preacher

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken”.”
C.S. Lewis
(1898 – 1963)
Novelist, poet and academic

News from the Outside

Click here to see a selection of external articles including:

  • Would UK workers stick to a four day working week?
  • Three tips to remove stress throughout the day
  • Leadership key to good mental health
  • 10 Ways to keep your mind sharp
  • Super stressed at 34? Tell me about it

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. We are always delighted to hear from our readers, so if you would like to share your comments or suggestions with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at : [email protected]

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