HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 9th December

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“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” William Shakespeare

Sunday greetings to you all, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far!

Weekends are for spending quality time with those we love and generally having that much needed time off from the stresses of work. Therefore this challenge is one which gets you supporting those closest to home.

Being kind to friends and family sounds like it should be a given, however, it is something we can too easily take for granted when we are busy with work, studies or general life, which can result in us becoming unintentionally neglectful of the relationships that matter the most.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 2nd December

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Welcome back to my blog and happy Sunday to you!

The picture that accompanies this post is simply perfect to sum up a festive Sunday, a good cup of coffee and a good book, how very hygge!

I hope your challenges went well yesterday and that lots of compliments were paid, it is great to make people around you feel good.

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Returning to work when juggling life as a parent

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For many new parents, the thought of returning to work can be a daunting one. As part of my blog collaboration series, I am joined by Laura Izard known as the Comeback Girl (@C0mebackG1rl on Twitter) to discuss how parents can prepare themselves before returning to the world of work.

Whether you are at the end of your maternity leave or you’ve taken a career break, returning to work can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make, and confidence can play a big part in the decision-making process. Having children changes your life so thinking about returning to work and putting yourself first can make you feel guilty as a parent, but it shouldn’t. Returning to work can be fulfilling, exciting and rewarding, but most of all, it can make you feel like ‘you’ – pre-children!

Understandably, when you become a parent your priorities change in a big way, so firstly, it is important to understand and be realistic about the expectations you have for yourself. You may feel guilt about leaving little ones at home, that’s normal and it’s also normal not to feel it. It’s vital self-care to consider your needs too.

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Life is a rollercoaster…

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As the summer days starts to drift away and welcome back autumn,  now couldn’t be a better time to get focused and get back into my studies. From a personal perspective, I have had a lot of life changing things such as buying a house, having my step children for the summer and welcoming a French Bulldog into the Ellis household! Bron is absolutely adorable and he’s settling in really well, so plenty of new things to get used to! Now that everything is settling down, I can now realign my focus and concentrate on my work and studies. This should explain my absence from social media for a short time!

Over the coming weeks, there are going to be lots of things coming up on the blog such as my recruitment collaboration with Lee Lam, the build up to this years CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, the CIPD Midlands Area Partnership Conference and updates on my CIPD Level 7 study journey with ICS (not long left now!) I will also be rejoining my team on the CIPD Northants committee, I cannot wait to be back in the swing of things.

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The HR Elf on the Shelf – Day 2!

It’s the weekend, but there are still ways in which we can spread joy to those dearest to us, our families.

Task two – Call a loved one you may not have spoken to in a while

Don’t forget to share the task online via Twitter #HRElfOnTheShelf and on Linked In.