Working Transitions

Scenario 3 | Change

Restructuring, redeployment, re-organisation, downsizing, re-location, acquisition, merger and – probably the word people least want to hear - redundancy - are frequently in the headlines. For the majority of people they are just yet another bad news story that elicits sympathy, but then is quickly forgotten.

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Redundancy – The Unexpected Benefits of Providing Outplacement Support

The last few weeks have been tough for British business with a raft of announcements that will likely result in the loss of staff.  Ford, Honda, Marks & Spencer, TSB and – this week’s announcement – the collapse of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain with an estimated 1,000 redundancies.

In today’s business environment, change is inevitable. And change can result in some tough choices. Redundancy is a word that people often fear – it can be a challenging and emotive time – for the organisation, the team who remain and, most importantly, for affected individuals.

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Mental Health Awareness Week - promoting mental health in the workplace

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is designed to raise awareness and destigmatise mental health issues. The focus this year is on body image and how we think and feel about our bodies.

Poor body image can often be associated with a poorer quality of life and psychological distress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and recent estimates show that around one in four people at work have a mental health condition. 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem in the UK lose their jobs each year.

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Mental Toughness in a Changing Organisation

What is Mental Toughness?

Put simply, mental toughness is a measure of individual resilience plus confidence that may predict success. Initially used in the context of sports, the concept is now widely used across organisations looking to create a resilient and highly effective leadership team and support employees at all levels to perform at their very best.  Mental toughness is a series of attributes that allow a person to become a better performer with the ability to cope with difficult and challenging situations without losing confidence.

In sport, an elite athlete must be able to handle pressure, have self-belief and avoid external distractions. They must have the urge to win and know that they have all the capabilities to achieve anything they desire. This mindset separates ‘good’ athletes from the elite. 

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