#AllRolesCanFlex – 5 tips on being more flexible with your people

My employer actively promotes a flexible approach to work, and I’m proud to work for a company that embracing flexible working.  Whilst some roles have traditionally been considered to have more flexibility (shift workers, those required to work at multiple sites, those working client-side), many have been tied to their desk in stuffy offices –… Continue reading #AllRolesCanFlex – 5 tips on being more flexible with your people

Why mental health “issues” makes me uncomfortable

Having “outed” myself very publicly in the workplace, and openly discussed my mental health condition, it felt like a really huge, and uncomfortable step – but one I did not regret. I realised that unlike many other aspects that may mark someone out as “different”, mental health has a certain stigma still attached to it.… Continue reading Why mental health “issues” makes me uncomfortable

Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

I was chatting with a business acquaintance recently, who expressed frustration at their manager – weak decisions, unclear plans, always caving in to other managers and not supporting his own team – this manager sounded feckless to me.  Feckless?  What sort of antiquated word is that? The origins of the word date back to the… Continue reading Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues

So I recently came out – for those of you who know me, you’re wondering, “What do you mean? You came out as gay years ago!” Well this was a different coming out – this time I came out to admit that I suffered from a mental illness – depression. It was a culmination of… Continue reading A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues

Why your motivation should always come from within!

There are times when those around you shine (for me, especially my family, friends and those who work for me) and there are times when those around you don’t.  We all seek validation, reassurance and guidance from those around us, and we learn to trust and believe in others, but ultimately, we need to seek… Continue reading Why your motivation should always come from within!

4 techniques to motivate your people

Those amongst us who are wise have started planning for 2018, and the various deliverables we need to achieve, I was reflecting on how best to drive motivation with my team.  As with any experienced manager, I have a few tools in the armoury to help me and the team achieve what I know we… Continue reading 4 techniques to motivate your people

Respect and trust your employees!

In this week’s blog, I thought I’d throw down a challenge to those of us who are line managers, especially those responsible for teams that are delivering to customers and clients directly.  Having recently experienced some great and some not so great service which had been directly impacted by the line manager of the person… Continue reading Respect and trust your employees!