Mental Health Month: 5 Ways to Stay Positive, Connected and Motivated

The natural world is a gift to us all and one we should not take for granted – from fresh air, to sunlight, to the smell of fresh grass or the sound of the ocean, there is beauty to be found in the everyday.

Like many of us over the last 12 months or so, I have been acutely aware of how the effects of the pandemic, and the impact of remote working, reduced social interaction, increased uncertainty, negative media (you get the jist!) could take significant and lasting effect on my mental health and wellbeing. Each and every one of us are living in extraordinary times and whilst the magnitude of this ‘new normal’ cannot be underestimated or ignored, I have recognised that the answer to not only surviving, but indeed thriving in extraordinary times, is in fact very ordinary!

With this in mind, I wanted to take the … Read more...

11 Scary Facts About Work and the Workplace

Business man afraid of his own shadow monster concept on grungy background

Think ghosts and goblins are scary? Think again! We’ve got some fun, sad and scary facts for you this Halloween.

Scary monsters show up on Halloween, but the workplace can be scary all year round. Here are 11 scary facts about the workplace:

  1. The average work desk is approximately 400 times dirtier than the average toilet seat. A recent study found there are in fact around 10 million bacteria that live on your office desk.
  2. People with sedentary jobs are twice as likely to die of heart disease than those with active jobs.
  3. Roughly 10,000 Japanese workers drop dead at their desks as the result of 60- to 70-hour work weeks. This phenomenon is called “karoshi.”
  4. 71% of American workers are disengaged at work.
  5. 58% of people say they trust strangers more than their own boss.
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