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...]

Do you have staff who are absent due to stress?

is stress costing you money

Stress affects all aspects of productivity, including decision-making, creativity, learning and building relationships, so what effect is this having on organizations? When we are stressed our brains shrink and it’s like losing about 15 IQ points.  If you consider that over half of employees report levels of stress high enough to make them ill, does this mean that most organizations are … [Read more...]

Should Managers shift for Millennials?

I was speaking to a Manager the other day who is having issues with some of his younger staff.  The Millennials, Generation Ys, call them what you will.  He was telling me that he feels he has to ‘mollycoddle’ them to get them to engage with work and really, he thinks they should be just getting on with it. After all, he had to just knuckle down and fit in.  No-one pandered to his every whim just … [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...]