Sustainable Development
How are we shaping-up for the future?

This is a very useful resource provided by the United Nations showing progress against their 17 goals to achieve sustainability. We all have a personable responsibility to help achieve this - arguably the single most important challenge faced by humankind.  While good progress has been made on a number of fronts, time is running out on others.  Consumption continues to rise with an adverse impact on bio-diversity and the climate.  Be clear - time is running out. This is the human race against time.  What are you, your organisation and community doing to have a positive impact of achieving sustainability? 

Read more at: The British Psychological Society

20 Nov 2017

Psychology at work: improving wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
Do you recognise and understand neuro-diversity?

Regardless of your disability statistics, if you are not providing tailored support for at least one in ten of your staff, then you are likely ignorant to the impact of neuro-diversity in the workplace.  This report from the British Psychological Society provides a useful guide to. the subject.  Is neuro-diversity openly discussed in your organisation?  Could you be doing more to support your staff?  There is nothing new in the adage that   healthy and happy staff equates to improved performance and productivity - how you can achieve this is now becoming clearer.  

Read more at: Government Publications

26 Oct 2017

Thriving at Work
How is the wellbeing of your team?

The stigma around mental health issues is gradually being eroded and there is growing recognition of the benefits of taking preventative measures to safeguard wellbeing.  This long awaited report sets-out a framework for addressing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.  Think of mental health just as you would for physical health and safety - a matter for which we all have a duty of care.  How do you measure-up against the six core standards in the report?  What wellbeing support do you provide?  On a very simple level, if there is anyone in your team that you are worried about - reach out to them and check that they are OK.

Read more at: The Modern Families Index 2017

16 Jan 2017

Working Families Report 2017

Is Time Poverty the new currency?

This year’s Working Families report paint a divided picture when it comes to flexible working. One thing is clear - by being flexible and supportive when it comes to helping your employees to achieve a good work-life balance, you will be rewarded with a loyal, happy, healthy and productive workforce. With the rise of the ‘gig-economy’, staff will find it easier to move to companies that provide the right balance. In a knowledge based economy, loss of staff can equate to loss of competitive advantage. So, are your current flexible working arrangements merely a fop? Should you be doing more to be totally flexible?

Future Proof - Britain in the 2020s

Are you ready for the next decade?

This report by the Institute for Public Policy Research makes for mixed reading.  It paints a turblent picture in the years to 2030 - a period that will see our social fabric change in response to a stagnent economy, automation, the saturation of global systems and the impact of the Anthropocene.  It's not all gloom though - wherever there is change, there is opportunity to make good.  Our collective challenge will be to act responsibly.  Are you ready for the challenges of the 2020s?

Read more at: The Guardian

16 Dec 2016

Climate Change

Are we at a tipping point?

Whichever side of the climate change debate that you sit, the observed changes in our planets environment are quite startling.  Of bigger concern is the rate at which the changes are happening. Yet we continue over-inflating the enviornmental balloon and hope that it doesn't go pop.  Is it now time for each and everyone of us to take more responsibility?  There is nothing more powerful than mindful consumerism to focus the attention of our politicians and business leaders.  When making your next purchase, maybe spend a moment to consider which option might give the best outcome for the planet.  Before it's too late.

Read more at: National Infrastructure Commission

15 Dec 2016

Connected Britain 

Is there one recommendation missing?

Today the Government's National Infrastructure Commission has issued it's report related to the implementation of the 5G mobile network across the UK.  While it makes sound recommendations and recognises the importance of the technology - has an opportuity been missed to help ensure that the technology is used to improve sustainability?   5G will improve the ability to work remotely and could reduce demands on our overloaded transport systems and congested cities.  It is not just about technology though, a change in business culture will be required, relying less on face-to-face relationships and more on the integrity of our on-line transactions.  Be ready.

Read more at: UNLIMITED

12 Dec 2016

Gross Domestic Happiness

 A new way to measure performance?

I have yet to meet anyone who's life goal is to be miserable.  Yet I do often see a disconnect between aspirations of happiness, the lives that people follow and the goals that they pursue.  In our culture of 'what can be measured can be managed', perhaps we should reframe our measures to be happiness based.   Would our world be better if it was happier or more productive?

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