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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Work hard, but not too hard… how trying too hard can actually damage your career

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Many people believe that the harder you work, the quicker you’ll climb the career ladder quicker, resulting in more money and a greater sense of achievement. WRONG!

Researchers from City University have collected information from over 500,000 people in 30 different European countries, and considered the effects of long working hours hours, verses the effort put into an individual’s job against measures of wellbeing, and have linked this to career outcomes.

The research is a painful read, especially for those who put in the hours in a bid to increase their prospects.  The study revealed a connection between an increased work volumes and reduced wellbeing. The results also highlight the negative effects of working too hard such as increased stress levels and increased risk of burnout, this is shown to outweigh the reward for demonstrating commitment and going the extra mile.

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Back to work blues? Blame the bosses…

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 “A bad boss can take a great workforce and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation”

After all the festivities, it’s time to head back to the office and it’s no surprise that January is notoriously known for being the most depressing month of the year (yikes, tough crowd you’ve got here January!).

However, despite the dark days, dark nights and miserable weather, January is a month of opportunity and a perfect time for organisations to review their working practices to make improvements for the future.

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