Positive Psychologist and Masters level Coach Transform and Thrive Ltd
7th Feb 2019
I'm really intrigued that you feel a need to 'stand up' for the workplace wellbeing profession. As a HR and wellbeing professional supporting businesses to make good wellbeing part of their 'DNA', I actively discourage HR professionals from 'owning' wellbeing. We all need to own the wellbeing agenda, whatever that means in our organisation. This applies whether we label ourselves finance, marketing, HR, customer services, facilities or any other department/activity.
Good wellbeing is a fundamental human right and not a set of initiatives or 'things to do'. You can feel it in the culture of an organisation and it is driven by a multitude of activities, behaviours and employee/employer practices, including how we talk and listen to each other.
It is great practice to encourage wellbeing 'champions' within the business and these people should come from every level every department. As soon as we put it in the HR camp, in my experience it just becomes another HR 'initiative' and loses credibility and engagement from the wider organisation.
20th Aug 2018
Thanks for taking the time to comment. You make a valuable point. Distraction comes in many forms, both external; from the noises around us, and other demands on our attention, to the internal commentary of our self-talk.
As a first step I recommend identifying the distractor.
If external; what is within your power to influence or perhaps control? If internal, is it possible to make a choice to place attention away from the chattering self-talk onto your flow activity, safe in the knowledge the thoughts or concerns can be returned to at a later point?
10th Jun 2016
Interesting blog, thanks. It is great that you enjoy your role. Inevitably when people enjoy their roles they perform better in them. However any disciplinary process is unpleasant because ultimately whether anyone is 'proved' to be a liar or not, the reality is that disciplinaries indicate something is wrong in the organisation. They indicate that people are not communicating effectively, people are bored (and causing mischief to 'entertain' themselves), the wrong people have been recruited into roles or some other substantive reason. Most people come to work to do a job and enjoy their day. Very few people intentionally cause others distress. When they do., they are either experiencing something which has damaged their own thinking patterns and are acting out of character (perhaps bullying is happening or they have depression/stress) or in very rare cases they may have a diagnosable mental health condition. There is always a reason for poor behaviour and performance - and it usually comes down to psychology and behaviour.
In any case we HR professionals should be spending our time investing in communication skills training for managers and teams, helping them understand themselves and others (emotional intelligence). In my experience, if we set the right culture for the organisation and support people to work together in respectful teams of adults (rather than parent/child relationships so often seen in the workplace) conflict is either avoided altogether or resolved in a way that doesn't require formal processes.
25th Aug 2015
This is fascinating research Jan, thanks for sharing in this blog. I've been reading a lot about diffuse and focused methods of learning and creativity in a free course through www.coursera.org which covers research at University of California.
17th Jun 2015
Thanks for this blog Annabel. Great to see workplace wellbeing is clearly top of your agenda at ADP UK. I'm interested in whether you've implemented mindfulness at ADP and if so what impact it has had? Thanks
16th Apr 2015
Thanks for sharing this blog. It makes very sad reading and unfortunately comes across as very judgemental, although I'm sure it's not intended as such. I agree that 50 slide presentation decks are extreme and unnecessary. A good presenter should be able to present from very few slides, designed to inspire and illustrate a talk. Quotes and images are more engaging than slide after slide of dull copy, that's why they're used! Some quotes may be hackneyed but they are over used for a reason....they're generally profound! Putting together a compelling slide deck takes time and effort. My experience as a presenter and trainer is generally very positive and I always consider my audience. A little appreciation of the hard work and passion that many presenters invest in their work wouldn't go amiss.