9 Ways to Cope with Criticism

Do find yourself hating appraisals because you are afraid of what your Manager might say about you? Do you react really badly to criticism? If you do, you’re not alone. No one likes being told they’ve done badly and some of us go out of our way to avoid any kind of negative feedback at all! But getting upset and angry isn’t going to help. Instead work on keeping an open mind and learn to use … [Read more...]

Management of Millennials

In a previous management role had to build a team quite quickly and it inevitably included young people - the so called Generation Ys or Millennials. I found them to be incredibly talented and energetic but, I must admit, I struggled to manage them and felt they lacked certain skills.  Skills such as how to talk to people, to be effective and contribute at meetings, to build rapport with … [Read more...]

Going back to work after stress?

Is this you? Nearly three-quarters of people return to work early when suffering with workplace stress and 16% stay in work after being formally diagnosed with stress.   If you’ve been absent due to stress, did you feel pressured to go back to work because of what your colleagues or your boss might think?  Or were you worried that your work was piling up and the longer you were off the worse it … [Read more...]

How do you know if you have a problem with work related stress?

Businesswoman suffering from a headache

You pride yourself on being a caring company.  You want your employees to do well, progress and stay with you.  But you’re not sure if stress might be a problem for some of them. Firstly, it’s important to recognise work-related stress as a significant health and safety issue that can have damaging financial and operational impacts.  Recent estimates put the cost of work related stress absence … [Read more...]

How do you build your dream Generation Y employee?

What are Your Skills and Passions - Venn Diagram

 What is a dream employee? Obviously, this will vary from company to company and even amongst individuals in the same company but, if you are like most Managers, you are strung out, frazzled, overworked and stressed. So, often, what you want, above all else, is someone who is genuinely interested in the job you’ve given them. Someone who feels passionate about the company, wants to learn, … [Read more...]