Tonight’s the night! UK Blog Awards 2019

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Just a quick message from me to wish all of the finalists the very best of luck for tonight’s awards.

The event is being broadcast LIVE on YouTube from 6:30pm so if you’re not subscribing to their channel already, please make sure you do and you never know, next year you might fancy entering yourself!

Keep all of your fingers crossed for me, it is an absolute pleasure to represent HR and wellbeing initiatives within the workplace to create better working cultures for everyone and inspire others by using my blog to convey these essential topics.

Good luck everyone!

Is Blue Monday really that bad?

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It has been branded the worst day of the entire year (I know, tough crowd, huh?!) but is Blue Monday really that bad?

Blue Monday was actually a gimmick created by a travel company in an attempt to convince people to book a holiday, and it worked! Blue Monday is actually a big day for retailers, and with the early dark nights, the grey cold weather, the passing of the jolly Christmas festivities and the tight finances can all contribute to feeling a bit blue at this time of year.

It is safe to say that we can all pretty much agree that Monday is not the most exciting day of a week, and it is always hard to get back into the swing of things at work after a nice relaxing weekend. But aren’t we being a little bit harsh on the third Monday of January? Can we really assume it to be the most depressing day of the year? Personally I do not think so, but as with everything, it is a matter of perspective, but one thing is for sure, the media channels love to bring it to our attention every year, however, it is almost always in a negative light.

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A perfectly imperfect year

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As I write this blog post, instead of sitting in my usual spot, the office at home, I thought I would continue the festive mood by sitting by the Christmas tree with it’s beautiful twinkling lights whilst drinking a cup of tea and a mince pie. You cannot get more festive than this!

Christmas is a time of year conjures up a mixture of thoughts and feelings, it is also a season of familiarity, full of traditions and not to mention an endless to do list. Whilst most soak up the atmosphere of the festive season, one thing that people think of, yet often forget to do is reflect upon the year that we are about to leave behind; sometimes we just need to take stock amongst the overflowing preparations to organise ourselves for the fresh year that awaits.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; day 17 and 18

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“Do something today that your future self will thank you for”

A week today will be Christmas Day! I hope you are all prepared and ready for the festivities (I’m very disorganised this year so I still have last minute bits to shop for!)

When we spread messages of joy and positivity, we feel good but we also remind others of what joy feels like and it may just inspire others to do the same. It is these small acts of kindness that make a big difference.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 11th December

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“You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.”
Renee West

Many people leave their jobs because they may feel undervalued and unappreciated in their current jobs, and how can we, all do our bit to help to boost morale, recognition and overall atmosphere in our workplaces? There are so many ways in which we can show appreciation and gratitude towards our colleagues and peers, and today’s task is all about showing them that you appreciate them.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 10th December

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“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”

Roy T. Bennett

It’s Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are sticking with the challenges, I’ve had some wonderful messages from some of you so do make sure you keep them coming.

Ok so it’s a new week and we are heading back to our desks, so let’s bring some kindness to our workplaces today.

Creating a positive workplace culture is essential for a happy workplace which makes it  more productive and creates a sense of community.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 4th December

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“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money”. John Ruskin

Wow, I can’t believe that we are on day four of our advent countdown already; who has been joining in with the challenges so far? Do keep your comments and tweets coming in, it is great to hear how HR acts of kindness is working for you and those close to you.

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