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Newsletter 82 – Oct/Nov 2015 features a stress tip, Ask the Expert & more


Welcome to the Autumn 2015 edition of In Equilibrium.

The days may be getting shorter but we seem to have had more sunny ones recently than we did earlier in the summer, so there is a feeling of optimism in the office and we find ourselves quoting L.M. Montgomery “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”!

Our burst of autumn energy has invigorated us to create a busy edition of In Equilibrium which includes:

  • Our first infographic entitled “Stress: Business Cost and Solutions”
  • A stress management tip to help reduce personal stress at work
  • Organisational consultant and coach, Fiona McLaren, answering an Ask the Expert question about the acceptability of office banter
  • Two useful and freely available resources on our website
  • Links to some interesting tips and articles about handling stress
  • A couple of inspirational stories about stress and stress management

Details about all our courses and resources are available on our website.

In Equilibrium News

New – Specialist Trainer

We are delighted to welcome Tinu Cornish to our nationwide team of trainers.  Tinu is a chartered and registered organisational psychologist who specialises in unconscious bias. As well as consulting and training in many national and international organisations, Tinu is also involved in research into unconscious bias and is the founder and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion at Work Group.

New – Recent Feedback

We’ve recently received some great feedback on our Mindfulness training and have shared some of the comments on a recent blog post.

New – Stress: Business Cost and Solutions Infographic

We have recently produced our first infographic which illustrates the cost of stress to business together with 4 suggested solutions organisations can implement. We hope it will help those looking for statistics to build the business case for managing stress at work.  Please feel free to share it with others who you think may find it of value.

Recent Articles Added To Our Blog Include:

​Five short articles to our series on aspects of resilience:

What is a Locus of Control and how can it affect the workplace?
Is the business case for mindfulness too good to be true?
Did you know there are different types of optimism?
5 steps to effective problem solving
The benefits of reframing your negative thoughts

Summer training locations
A tour of some of the UK towns and cities where our trainers delivered courses during July and August this year.

​Stress Management Tip

5 top tips to reduce personal stress at work

Read our Stress Management Tip here …
Read our tips archive here …

Ask the Expert

​In this edition, Organisational Consultant and Coach, Fiona McLaren, answers a question about the acceptability of office banter.

The Question

“We have a nice atmosphere at work, with good humour oiling the wheels of the working day.  Recently, however, someone was overheard saying to a colleague how offended he had been by a co-worker’s passing comment.

We don’t want to clamp down on humour or turn our workplace into a grim environment but, equally, we don’t want to get into trouble if people don’t like it.

Is there any harm in allowing banter?”

Read our Ask the Expert Q&A here …

If you found Fiona’s answer helpful you may be interested in the following courses:

Preventing Bullying in the Workplace: Training for Managers
Bullying in the Workplace: Be Aware!

You can read our previous Ask the Expert Questions and Answers here …

Amanda’s Column

Amanda discovers that attempting to do a good deed for a neighbour can go horribly wrong!

Read Amanda’s Column here …
The archive of Amanda’s column is available here …


In the resources section of our Autumn newsletter we feature two of the resources pages from our website which have been developed to provide reader’s with a comprehensive on-line library for the areas of resilience and stress management.

Click here to visit this edition’s resources


“It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them”
Alfred W. Adler, Psychotherapist
1870 – 1937
“We see things not as they are, but as we are.”
H.M. Tomlinson
British Writer and Journalist
1873 – 1958​

News from the Outside

Click here to see the following selection of articles:

  • 5 ways to beat stress and make everyday life easier
  • Ease stress, fight infection and beat allergies – 8 teas to boost your wellbeing
  • Stress won’t kill you – if you handle it right
  • Employees’ mental health getting worse, say HR professionals
  • 5 exercises to build stress resilience
  • What’s a good inspirational story about stress and stress management?

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:

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