What's Happening at Work?
You'll see a variety of themes pop up when you visit this blog - some issues will appear more than others, and there will be some one-off bits.
The idea is to educate, inform, and entertain - in any case, we hope to add value to your day and to your business.
One recurring theme, a regular bee in my bonnet, is the insanity of the modern workplace. The disregard for people's lives outside of work, their mental and physical health, their overall quality of life. It has often struck me how un-self-aware people (especially in management, but also peer-to-peer) are when it comes to the impact they have on the people they see for 8 hours a day, every day.
The main issues? Careless words, clueless time management, and a fundamental lack of respect for people as people. Yet most of us shrug it off as the cost of modern living, even while we lose sleep and gain love handles.
Most of us do take our work home with us, whether it's the work itself or the nagging worry that what we're doing is never enough. A recent article in the Independent indicates that 60% of British workers wake up in the night with worries about work.
A book I am looking forward to picking up as soon as it comes out seems to have been written exactly for me and by me: It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work.
"It’s time to stop celebrating Crazy, and start celebrating Calm", say the authors.
"Send this to my manager!" say the rest of us.
Watch this space for reviews of the book in a few months...