Spring 2018 Newsletter includes tips on difficult conversations & workplace posture
Welcome to our Spring newsletter. After what feels like a long, hard winter, the In Equilibrium team have taken Leo Tolstoy’s words to heart, “Spring is the time of plans and projects”. Since Spring has sprung one of our plans has already come to fruition with the Dunfermline team successfully moving into their new office. They are all enjoying the extra space and light their new environment provides, not to mention the on-site café those not based there keep hearing all about!
This edition includes:
In Equilibrium News – we introduce a new trainer, share recent testimonials & give the link to a Radio 4 programme featuring one of our trainers
A Stress and Wellbeing Tip – that reminds you to pay attention to your posture during the working day, your neck muscles will thank you for it
An Ask the Expert Q&A – trainer Louise Overy provides tips on how to deal with a manager whose mixed communications prove challenging to their team
External Resources and Articles – covering a range of relevant topics
And Finally – we leave you with 7 random acts of kindness which should restore anyone’s faith in humankind
In Equilibrium News
NEW POSTAL ADDRESS
Our new postal address is:
Office 19, 15 Pitreavie Court,
Pitreavie Business Park, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU
Our phone number and all email addresses remain the same.
IN EQUILIBRIUM TRAINER FEATURED IN RADIO PROGRAMME
Trainer Tinu Cornish recently featured in a half hour Radio 4 programme on gender and unconscious bias, “Why are even women biased against women?”
NEW TESTIMONIAL for Mental Health Awareness Training
River Canal Rescue is very aware their ‘front line’ staff and engineers are continually helping people in what can be very stressful situations. Warm feedback was received following the delivery of our Mental Health Awareness course, news of which reached the canal and waterways site, Narrowboat World.
NEW TRAINER – Dr Phillipa Spencer
Phillipa is a Chartered Psychologist who has comprehensive experience as a trainer and clinician and provides a thoughtful & compassionate approach.
She is already receiving great feedback “… really good – presenter clear and very knowledgeable” and we’re delighted to welcome her to the In Equilibrium team.
NEW TESTIMONIAL for Stress Management Training
As Brenda from Bristol famously commented, “Not another one?” Spare a thought for those responsible for administering the recent spate of elections. Members of the Association of Electoral Administrators really appreciated our recent “Practical Approaches to Handling Pressure” workshops.
Recent Articles Added To Our Blog
Stress and Wellbeing Tip
Ask the Expert
“I am the leader of a small team whose work is project based. I am directly responsible to a line manager. Do you have any tips on how I can manage the stress felt by myself and my team as our line manager is never clear about what is required but is consistently very vocal about what they had expected each time I present the team’s work?”
Trainer, Louise Overy provides advice and a suggested framework to help a team leader structure the conversation they need to have with their line manager.
View this edition’s featured resources which are:
• A guide to Neurodiversity at work produced by the CIPD
• A factsheet from The What Works Centre for Wellbeing about why employers should invest in employee wellbeing
• 10 top tips for good sleep produced by the Mental Health Foundation
• A report published by the British Psychological Society entitled “Psychology at Work: Improving Productivity and Wellbeing in the Workplace”
Date for your diary
Mental Health Awareness Week : 14 – 20 May 2018
The question for this year’s mental health awareness week is “Stress: are we coping?”.
The Mental Health Foundation’s website has lots of resources and information about how you can get involved.
“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”
Robert Jordan, American Author, 1948 – 2007
“No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, American Politician, Diplomat and Activist, 1884 – 1962
News from the Outside
A selection of external articles which may be of interest:
- 9 stress reduction tips for project managers and teams
- Even the small stresses of daily life can hurt your health but attitude can make a difference
- 1 in 5 highly engaged employees is at risk of burnout
- 7 mindsets that undercut your mental strength and resilience
…and finally …
Seven wonderful random acts of kindness
Some days it seems that our papers and news channels are full of negative stories. This article may not be the most up-to-date page on the internet, but it’ll almost certainly leave you in a better place than reading today’s headlines.
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].