30 Oct 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Remove pain

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Can EFT, otherwise known as ‘Tapping’ remove physical pain?

I have been a certified EFT practitioner for a number of years. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. This therapy is like acupuncture without the needles.

It is an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy combined with a modern talking psychology. There are certain meridian points around the face and upper body which you literally tap on while talking through whatever the issue is.

So how can something so simple be used for working with deep routed pain issues, that have usually been around for a long time?

We are all made up of energy, and if any pain is persisting, it is doing so due to some trauma or disturbance within the body, which disrupts the energy system.

I could go into the whys and hows, but that would lead to a very long article. What I know is, that it works and effectively well. I will provide some examples of recent work that I have done. Before I do, if you wish to look into more detail about the science behind EFT (there is a huge body of research which has been conducted in a number of peer related journals) then there is much more information via this link,

http://www.eftuniverse.com/research-studies/eft-research#pain

I have worked with numerous clients with pain and have used EFT, having dramatically reduced or completely removed all the symptoms.

Whenever I work with anyone with any pain, to check in and measure the level of pain intensity, I will ask the client to provide me a level of pain intensity from 0-10. Zero being no pain and ten being maximum pain.

Following are some examples.

One client had a pain in her ear and was causing a level of deafness. The symptoms subsided and the following day she contacted me to tell me all the deafness had completely gone. Another client I worked with had an extremely sore foot, which had been persisting for some time and she was having regular visits to the chiropodist. It was that sore, she could not touch it. She had to cancel a recent appointment to the chiropodist it was that painful. Within a very short time after some tapping together, she was able to touch it again. She rebooked in with the chiropodist the following day and has since told me she has never had a problem with it since.

I often give talks about EFT. Whenever I do, I will provide a demonstration, so those watching can see what EFT looks like and witness some of the effects. I worked with one man who had a pain in his shoulder which started at a 7, we had it down to a 2 within 10 minutes. I worked with another lady who was suffering with a sore wrist. It was at a pain threshold of a 6. She said it had always hurt since she broke it 15 years earlier and it would often be made worse by cold weather. within 10 minutes I had completely removed the pain, it had gone right down to a zero and she did not experience any more pain in her wrist. This was around a year ago. I saw her again last week. She was excited to tell me she has never experienced any pain since.

I attended an event last weekend, as part of the event, I advised many there about the benefits of EFT. I also provided short taster sessions. While working on physical pain issues, I had a number of people who came to me with various types of pains ranging anywhere from an intensity of 5-8. Each and every person I worked on, the pain intensity reduced dramatically. One lady reported sciatica which was at a 7 when we started. Within ten minutes I reduced this to a 2, then down to a 0. Another lovely lady I worked with had been suffering with a whiplash injury in her shoulder. She felt physically lighter within minutes. She was astounded by the shifts. It turns out she was a local artist and the following day she returned with a beautiful painting, it was amazing, I was extremely touched.

So here I have provided just some examples of the work that I have done with pain issues. One thing I know is this, it works. I myself am often astounded by the results, truly mind blowing.

I use EFT with my private clients on a daily basis. It often overtakes any other techniques I use, due to the miraculous shifts I see again and again. I also use this EFT for various other areas such as stress, anxiety, OCD, fears, eating disorders and depression to name but a few.

These are all real live case examples. If you would like me to connect you with any of these clients within this article, I am happy to do so. These clients would be happy to verify any of their pain removal and talk through anything with you.

If you would like to know any more about how EFT could help you or someone you know, I would be very welcome for you to get in contact. It has changed my life and it has changed the lives of many others I have worked with.

Janine x

18 Oct 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Changing mindset

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Look after our pets, look after us?

My dog has been really unwell recently. So far, my vet bill has come in at £1,500. Luckily the majority of it has been covered by the insurance. Aside from that however,

I haven’t thought twice about handing over my hard cash to the vet, so they can sort out the pooch problems and help get my dog well again. And I doubt neither would you. We pay what we need to, in order to ensure our pets are healthy and well.

When it comes to our own well-being or health however, are we prepared to put in the investment? Do we think nothing of the costs, and put our health first? I think in many cases, we tend not to. We would rather spend our money on seemingly ‘quick fixes’ in the pursuit of happiness. Things such as a football season ticket, a night out, some new clothes, a holiday. These spends might sure feel good at the time. However, unless we work with the route cause of how we are feeling within ourselves, it is unlikely anything is going to change, in the longer term.

Another way of looking at it is this. When you go to the supermarket and buy the weekly shopping, you my buy the essentials such as milk and bread, pick them off the shelf and put them in your trolley.

However, you can’t buy these things off the shelf – confidence, success, self esteem or happiness. These come from somewhere else. They come from the inside out. You will find it highly unlikely to improve these areas of your life from external validation either.

So, we are happy to pay whatever we need to the vet, to ensure our pets are happy and safe. But how do we look after ourselves?

Indecently, those who invest in personal development in whatever shape or form, are those people who succeed and do well in life. They are constantly improving themselves, while helping to eradicate old limiting beliefs that no longer serve them any more.

When will you think about investing in yourself and living the life you want and deserve, instead of the one you dream about?

I work with you on a one-one basis to help you smash through limiting beliefs to enable you to achieve the success that you deserve. I will help and guide you to completely eradicating stress, anxiety and depression amongst other areas. Why suffer for a moment longer, when you don’t have to.

Get in touch to enquire about how I can help you. Don’t suffer in silence.

Janine x

04 Oct 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Changing mindset / Hypnotherapy

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Will hypnotherapy work for me?

Are you feeling stuck in a certain area of your life and wondering if hypnotherapy will work? Have you heard certain things about hypnotherapy and wondering whether something like that would be suitable for you?

Have you ever wondered how hypnotherapy can help you with something that feels like it’s been keeping you stuck for years?

First of all, I want to teach you this. We are in hypnosis for the most part of the day. Driving along the road and wondered how you got somewhere? On a long phone call to a friend. Engrossed in a TV programme or a film, scanning through the internet. That day dreamy type state you find yourself in. This is hypnosis type state. Thats all it is!

So why is hypnosis so effective and how can it help?

It is very hard to make a change at a conscious level. Most of us find it easier or more comfortable to stay stuck in old habits or patterns of thinking. Yes, consciously we don’t want to stay stuck, but our subconscious programming has a different agenda. This will be based on old beliefs that are keeping us from moving forward. These are called ‘limiting beliefs’.

Another thing to remember is that that the mind is separated into two parts, the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious part of our mind only makes up around 5%. This is the part that is responsible for reasoning and logic. Whereas the subconscious mind takes up the rest, a whopping 95%. All our internal programmes, beliefs, emotions. It is essentially our storehouse.

Why do we stay stuck when really all we want to do is change?

We are continually instructing our subconscious mind in a certain way, usually a repeated pattern from the past. This is based on those old beliefs we formed a long time ago.

So, say your goal is to be happy. Why aren’t you feeling happy right now? What is going on that’s getting in the way of your happiness?

Why do old patterns tend to continue over and over?

This is usually based on learnt behaviour. Something at a subconscious level keeps us in our safety zone if you will. We don’t want to face the fear of the unknown, whatever that might be, so its easier to stay where we are.

Why is hypnotherapy so effective?

As I mentioned above, it is hard to change with the use of our conscious mind alone. We need to work with the subconscious mind, and get it on side to enable us to work with the changes we want. What we can do then, is work with the stuck limiting beliefs. Hypnotherapy works powerfully directly with the subconscious mind to do just that. In a nutshell, if we created certain beliefs, we can un-create them. Like erasing an old computer programme.

I see huge shifts with clients I work with. In only a few sessions, deep routed anxiety, stress and depression is shifted. I also see amazing results with clients who have issues around confidence, self esteem, and fears of any kind. Happy clients report success in a really short space of time. It really is great to witness time and time again, thats why I love the work that I do.

See what other clients have had to say and feel free to contact me to arrange your FREE consultation where I can support you today. 

Janine x

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29 Sep 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Changing habits / Changing mindset

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What are affirmations and can they help me? (Part 2)

Yesterday I introduced you to affirmations and how we are affirming things in our life over and over that are keeping us stuck (every thought we have, good or bad is an affirmation).

Our internal reality creates are external reality.

Let me explain further. Our thought process are a complete reflection of the lives that we are creating for ourselves. We are literally manifesting where we are in our lives moment to moment.

Lets look at how we can change this. We can do so by choosing to affirm what we wish or desire.

I want to teach you how to create the life you want by using affirmations.

Affirmations should have the following three P’s – 

  • Positive
  • Persistent
  • Present

So, affirmations need to be in the now, they need to be positive, and persistence is the key. If you have a go at this stuff and give up after a few hours or days and think, ‘jees, this isn’t working, I’m going to give up’, then please persevere! Remember, we have continually been thinking the old, familiar stuff for years.

What we are doing with affirmations is we are reprogramming the subconscious, we are instructing our minds to think in different ways.

It takes a minimum of 30 days to create a new habit. Keep going!

There are a couple of other things I want to share with you before I give you an exercise of how to use affirmations.

Affirmations need to be in the now. Not in the future or in the past. As if they are happening now. They also need to be framed as a positive. Don’t put any negative words in there. The subconscious will only hold onto, or recognise the negative, and thats the thing that will persist.

When you start off, it will very possibly feel uncomfortable and unfamiliar. Most likely of all, you won’t believe it. This is the good news. You don’t have to believe it at first. Simply keep going.

Here are some examples of affirmations for confidence –

  • I am confident
  • I am a naturally confident person
  • I am confident socially and enjoy meeting new people
  • I am confident at all times, and in all areas of my life.

If you are unsure where to start, there is a wealth of information on the web about what affirmations are, and what to say.

Louise Hay is the creator/ godmother of this stuff. Great content can be found via her website –

http://www.louisehay.com/affirmations/

Affirmations exercice

What is it you want in your life? What are you missing? What area of your life do you dramatically want to improve?

Write down a couple of affirmations (these need to be short and to the point, they don’t need to go on and on, a sentence will do)

Repeat your affirmations for five minutes first thing in the morning and for five minutes last thing at night. Put them on post it notes in various places. Your bedside cabinet, a mirror, in your car.

In addition to this, you can repeat your affirmations anywhere during ‘dead’ time as well. For example, while driving, brushing your teeth, walking the dog, doing the washing up, in the shower. You can say your affirmations to yourself , it doesn’t need to be out loud and equally, you don’t want to look a wally while you are doing the weekly shop! They will start to feel more and more familiar as things start to change in your life.

Remember, persistence is the key. Keep going and don’t give up.

If you continue and stick with it, this exercise is like gold dust, it really is.

Enjoy, have fun with it, and please let me know how you get on, I want to hear all!

If you would like to know any more about the work that I do, or how I can help you, get in touch to arrange a FREE consultation.

Janine x

28 Sep 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant

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What are affirmations and can they help me? (Part 1)

For those of you that don’t know anything about affirmations, your first thought might be that these ‘affirmations’ things are just for certain types of people and they are ‘woo woo’.

The first myth I want to dispel is this – this is not the case. We are already using affirmations throughout our day. Thousand and thousands of times. However are they helping us? If you are stuck in either one, or a number of areas of your life, it’s highly unlikely.

Let me explain further

That little voice inside your head, you know the one that talks to you all the time. Every time you hear that voice telling you something, good or bad, you are affirming it to yourself. We are basically affirming something that is presently going on in our life right now. Over and over and over.

So, some common ones would be – “I’ve not got enough money; how do I pay the bills this month; I’m not as successful as Joe Blogs over the road; I don’t feel confidence in this situation; I don’t like my job; nobody likes me; I wish I could travel more; I can’t find the perfect relationship”. You get the idea.

So what we are doing, is we are continually affirming to ourselves what we haven’t got. We are focusing on the lack. So wonder why you keep attracting more of it?

What does your idea of success look like? Is it living in a big house, is it travelling the world living a jet set lifestyle, is it having a carefree and loving family environment, is it having an amazing job that you love? Do you think all the other people in the current position as to what you are aspiring to focus on the negatives in terms of where they have got to in life? Or have they focussed on their aspirations and dreams? I would suggest the latter.

Tomorrow I am going to teach you all about affirmations and how they can be used within your life with ease, so you can achieve the success that you want and make some amazing life changes in the bargain.

Please contact me if you would like any further information about how I can help you or would like to book in for your FREE consultation.

Janine x

25 Sep 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / leadership / Management

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What makes a good business owner?

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What are the key attributes to running a successful business? How can business owners inspire a workforce? What leads to increased revenue and productivity in the long term? Is having happy customers fundamental to business success? Is it important to move with the times and keep a measure of change? Is long term planning part of the success story?

These are some of the areas that will be considered in this article.

Here are some examples of what I think makes a successful business owner:-
Decisive

A strong sense of leadership is important even in very small teams. Business owners need to be able to show they’re capable of making solid decisions on a daily basis. Listening to advise is important, but their agenda must always be set out as a business priority.

 

Dedicated

It is extremely important for business owners to be dedicated, motivated and to have passion and drive within their business. This will then cascade down the food chain to staff, which will reflect happy customers. Tasks and schedules should be met, while remembering a work-life balance. No one will benefit if a business owner is completely frazzled and it doesn’t set a good example to others.

 

Creative

Within the successful running of a business, it is important to think outside the box. Sound marketing material to celebrate the uniqueness and branding of a business are a vital part to creativity. Brand awareness and understanding who the business is marketing to is key. A sound business owner will be visionary and bold, taking calculated risks are very likely to pay off.

Excitement and passion

If a business owner is not excited about their business, then they shouldn’t expect anyone else to be. Running a business is also a challenging task. Remaining energised, being resilient and staying focussed will all be key to successful operations. A good business owner is passionate about what they do. If a business owner is not passionate themselves, how can they expect others to be inspired?

 

Honesty and integrity

It is crucial for a successful business owner to be honest with themselves as well as their employees. Goals and deadlines should be realistic and attainable ones. Whatever is being sold to the customer needs to be delivered, no half measures – a good business will be remembered for quality over quantity, every time.

 

Thinking Ahead and planning

Good business owners will plan and prepare for the future. Short, medium and long term goals should be considered when creating any plans. Strategies should be put into place to ensure goals and targets are being met, financial or otherwise.

 

Look after employees

Successful business owners take pride in looking after their employees. Employees are the number one commodity within a business. If employee’s are either not happy in their role, or there is a high amount of stress in the workplace, this will impact on a number of areas. This includes poor messages to customers, reduced productivity and low morale. Employee’s wellbeing is key to the successful operational running of a business and also has a big impact on work-life balance. Employees who are burnt out, are more likely to suffer from poor performance, fatigue and will be more likely to take time off through stress related illness. This all has an impact on a business and its results, short and long term.

 

So these are some examples of what makes a good business owner. Are you a business owner and can identify with some of the traits in this article? Are you an employee and see these traits in those at the top? Or alternatively, do more of these aspects need to be employed, and if so, would it have a successful effect in productive running of the business?

 

I come into organisations and I teach business owners and their employees all about resilience and how to manage stress. I teach practical tools and techniques to support staff in reducing levels of burn out and to be more resilient. This improves morale and increases productivity, having a positive impact on a number of levels and the overall wellbeing of staff.

 

If you would like to know more about the work that I do, and would like to learn how I can help you improve these areas of your organisation, then please get in touch today via the contact form below. I would be happy to answer any questions and chat in more detail about the services that I offer.

 

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20 Sep 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Changing habits / Eradicate limiting beliefs / Hypnotherapy

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How can hypnotherapy help me?

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Have you ever thought about going to see a hypnotherapist, but wondered if it would help? Have you heard of an amazing report from someone you know who went to see a hypnotherapist, so thought about giving it a try? Are there tons of myths about hypnotherapy that make you feel unsure? Do you have any anxieties about booking in to see a hypnotherapist? Do you wonder how something like hypnotherapy can help with a big issue that has been part of your life for too long?

 

These are some of the areas I want to help you clarify and I will dispel some myths too. By the time you have finished reading this article, you will have a better understanding of hypnotherapy and how it can help you.

 

First and foremost, we are in hypnosis for around 85% of the day. It is a simply a day dreamy state. So imagine some of the following – driving along the motorway, watching tv, listening to a friend on the telephone, scrolling through facebook. Your mind is kind of elsewhere, right? Drifting off all over the place. Sound familiar? Or if I asked you to think of a memory of the past, i.e. what was the colour of your first car, or what was the name of your first pet? You aren’t consciously thinking of these things the whole time, however, when asked to recall a past event or memory, you will trawl through your mind (the subconscious part) to access that memory.

The word hypnosis simply means a relaxed state whereby you go in and out of your internal world, accessing it the whole time throughout the day. Your internal world (your mind) and the external world (everything outside of you) co-exist.

Lets have a quick look at the mind. The mind is made of two parts. The conscious mind (around 5%) and the subconscious mind (95%).

It is very hard to make lasting changes at a conscious level. Don’t get me wrong, we can make change consciously. However, there has to be a firm intention and tons of energy behind it. Think of bad habits for example. Why do so many persist in the same bad habits for years on end, knowing deep down its no good for them?

Change can process at a much quicker rate if we actually get past the conscious mind and get into the subconscious mind. Hypnosis words with this part of the mind. The mind is extremely powerful and much of time time it gets underused. However, the other difficulty is, we don’t like change and we often resist change. It’s easier to keep ourselves stuck in the same old habits or routine, keeping us in the past if you will.

You might actually say, I love change, change happens all the time, and I am adaptable to new challenges and changes. This is however just the conscious stuff, which only represent 5% of who were are and incidentally where will-power exists.

If everything in your life here and now is perfect and you are completely content, I am super duper happy for you. However, is there something you do want to change, big or small? Wish you were slimmer and trim? Want to be in an exciting job that fulfils all your needs? Want to feel calm and relaxed and get out of the familiar feelings of stress or anxiety? Want to be financially abundant or attract a great relationship?

If you identify with any of the above or something similar, why do we find it so hard to achieve these changes we so desire, and end up leading a life of quiet desperation?

We form most of our core beliefs from a young age. Even before our conscious mind has had chance to develop yet. Some beliefs are standard and serve us well. However some keep us stuck. You may had heard the term ‘limiting beliefs’. This is what they are. Then when our conscious mind develops from around the age of 6, these beliefs stay there, nice and cosy. Then they become familiar to who we are. Then as we get older and into adulthood, we search for evidence to support these beliefs. (By the way, this is all done at a subconscious level, so we are not consciously aware we are doing it the majority of the time). Then we repeat similar patterns over and over. Also, certain events can often trigger these old beliefs too.

So how can hypnotherapy work? I help clients, in a really relaxed way get into the old subconscious beliefs, to help shift the old programmes and patterns that have been hanging around. It’s like reprogramming the mind. A modern neurological term for this would be neuroplasticity. The mind is adaptable, it’s not fixed. However, we tend to hold onto an old patten from the past because its easier to repeat the same old familiar stuff.

It’s really easy and effective, and quick too! Fears and phobias are resolved in 3-4 sessions, confidence, self esteem and public speaking similar, anxiety, stress and depression a little longer, depending on what we want to work on. Either way, its relaxed and informal, and you do the work along with me guiding you in the right direction. Clients report time and time again how much they enjoy sessions and how happy they are with the benefits in such a short space of time, when they had spent a life time struggling prior to sessions.

 

So many clients often say the same thing – the only regret they had was not coming to see me much sooner and how totally different they feel as a result.

If you resonate with any of this article, or know of anyone who would benefit, please feel free to get in touch via the contact form below, or to ask any questions, I’m here to help.

 

 

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18 Sep 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Work performance

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What makes a good employee?

I have been blogging the past couple of weeks about what makes a good leader and manager. It is important to consider this in detail. Good managers and leaders are essential to the operation of a business. As are good employees. Let’s now look at what makes a good employee.

I want to teach you all about positive traits and qualities of employee’s and how they can improve productivity within business, which in turn leads to improved revenue.

Here are the top employee qualities that I want to share with you:

Communicator

It is essential that employee’s have the ability to communicate well and express themselves in a clear manner. Inaccurate and inappropriate communication between employees can cause many problems in companies and organisations.

Self-Motivated

A good employee has self motivation in droves. There is a desire to learn and they never hesitate in taking responsibility or a more responsible position. They are also willing to work beyond the call of duty in order to meet goals or to solve problems.

Hard worker

There is no substitute to hard work. This is certainly linked to motivation. I would suggest those that work hard are in the position where they enjoy their role, and their contribution to their organisation. An employee who feels valued within a team will be more likely to work to achieve their job role.

Adaptive and effective learner

Employees who are able to adjust themselves to their environment, who are willing to learn new things and perform their best in changes are likely to be the best performers in any organisation. Employees must also feel they are supported in an environment where they are able to learn and develop.

Team Player

It is crucial to be an effective team player within an organisation. This requires a sound team effort. An employer who can contribute, be a key team player and who is liked and respected amongst their peers and team members. A sound employee’s contribution will be invaluable.

Helping others

Everyone appreciates support, guidance and help. This is also key to the mechanics of an organisation and the smooth running of team work. Consistency and cooperation within a team are core attributes.

Honesty and integrity

A sound employee is honest in their approach to every area of their work. Integrity is essential when working in a team, and this will reflect within the organisation the employee is working for.

Ethical Work

Rules are made to be followed. There is decorum of every place that ought to be kept. A good employee follows the policies of the company and inspires others to do so too.

Disciplined and punctual

Every boss loves a punctual, disciplined and conscientious employee. Turning up late to office, regular procrastination or other work avoidance tactics won’t make this person a popular employee.

Productive and in good health

Productive employees are key to an organisation. However those that are productive need to be resilient within themselves and are able to face challenges and meet demands head on.

I would suggest all these attributes have something in common. That employees can work effectively as part of a team and they are respected and valued within that team. The success to a good employee is how they feel within that team. Do your employees feel valued and motivated within the team? How is the level of morale within the team? Do your employees feel motivated? Is that level of motivation and resilience a direct correlation to your productivity and turnover?

If you would like to know more about our offerings in terms of how we can help you and your business by improving resilience and wellbeing, which will then lead to improved productivity and increased turnover, please complete the enquiry form below for more information or visit the following page- 

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11 Sep 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Management

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What makes a good manager?

Within organisations, we are all managed by someone (unless you are the CEO of course!)

What is the relationship like with your manager? Are you a manager yourself? Does your manager do any of the following? – Do they get the best out of you? Do you have a positive, open and respectful relationship? Do you feel supported and valued? What could your manager do differently to encourage you to improve your productivity? Are your needs and values being met in your role? Do you feel motivated and inspired?

So what are the key attributes for a good manager?

I would suggest the key to a successful manager is the relationship between his or her staff.

A good manager will ensure their team is achieving their optimum productivity and performance, while feeling valued and listening to their needs. A managers relationship with their team is based on trust, respect, communication and compromise. Their role is essential to the benefits of an organisation so that tasks are completely on time and with enthusiasm and energy.

Here are some key attributes of a good manager –

  • Coaches, inspires and motivate their staff.
  • Open communication, develop positive working relationships.
  • Improve staff morale, support wellbeing.
  • Effectively resolve conflicts and handle negative behaviour effectively.
  • Develop and empower staff, boost team morale.
  • Performance manage staff and provide feedback on performance.
  • Value contribution of team.

These are some key attributes, this list is not exhaustive.

There is a growing recognition of the importance of wellbeing being managed. In order to get the best out of their workforce, this is being seen as imperative and necessary within organisations, rather than as an additional benefit.

Why is this so?

It is no secret that improved wellbeing of staff, promotes improved productively, which leads to increased revenue within an organisation.

A comprehensive study which took place in 2014 (GOV.UK – Review of evidence on employee wellbeing and its potential impact on workplace performance) suggests improvement in wellbeing will result in improved workplace performance: in profitability (financial performance), labour productivity and the quality of outputs or services. Job satisfaction – including aspects such as satisfaction with training, skills development opportunities, how much autonomy employees have in their role, and how much scope they have to use their own initiative and influence decisions, show a strong and positive link with workplace performance.

When the demands of a job are high, this can induce work related stress, which can impact on reduced levels of wellbeing. This is then likely to lead to a whole host of problems and can impact on the organisation in a very negative way. Productivity can reduce dramatically, staff morale is affected severely, and staff absenteeism rises. This leads to reduced staff days, and impacts on the rest of the team, whereby either work is shared amongst others, or additional temporary staff are brought in, at extra costs. This happens time and time again within public sector organisations such as the Police, the Probation Service and Government Health Services. Staff cuts are not helping and morale is severely affected as are long terms sickness absence rates, which are currently through the roof.

Looking at the picture above, this is not the way a successful organisation should operate. How is productivity or staff feeling values going to be impacted? Not in a good way, I would suggest.

Take note if you are working as a manager within an organisation. This is not the way to go! A good manger needs to understand that in order to get the best out of staff, is to work closely to understand how they can support their needs and to promote and effective working environment.

A good manager is likely to achieve the following – happy and effective teams = increased productivity; improved staff morale; reduced staff absenteeism; organisation targets and goals, smashed.

Janine delivers resilience and stress management training to manger, workforces, and organisations in supporting and improving wellbeing. If you would like to know how Janine can help your organisation to improve resilience and increase morale which will in turn boost productivity and turnover.

Contact Janine for more information!

04 Sep 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / leadership / Management

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What makes a good leader?

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.—Gandhi

There is a lot of literature out there defining the term ‘what makes a good leader’. What can we learn from the wealth of research and articles?

Here are some qualities we should be looking for in a good leader –

  • Listen to others Rather than simply directing or delegating, it is extremely important to listen to the voice of others. This is crucial in order to allow a team to be nurtured and to enable them to grow. Fundamental needs must be met to allow team members to be effective while being led. Being listened to is fundamental to this process.
  • Effective communication. Being constant, clear and concise in messages is important. This is required in order to impart advise and guidance. It is crucial that communication is maintained within a two way relationship between leaders and team members. This will also allow for improved productivity and will eliminate confusion.
  • Integrity. Influential and effective leaders treat others how they would like to be treated. Simple. This is based on a foundations of trust and respect. If this does not co-exist within the leader/ team member relationship, this is likely to lead to poor team performance and low morale.
  • Humility. Any accomplishments that are made within a team should be commended. Being proud and supporting achievements is a an awesome leadership style and is often overlooked or underrated. Others should be informed in a positive way that reflects the success of the achievement.
  • Empathy. A leader who has the ability to understand and share the feelings of another is one who will shine above others. In addition, having the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes will help establish and build lasting relationships and will help resolve any potential conflicts within a team.
  • Inspire Others. Passion and confidence are crucial mindsets for effective leaders to work with. To inspire others to progress and to develop and to motivate are all essential to being a good leader. Being mindful of developing positive traits and passions within team members is also important for a leader to be effective and to inspire those around them.
  • Lead By Example. A true leader doesn’t just tell you how to do something and expect you to do it. They “walks the walk” and actually show you how to do it. They put as a high expectation in themselves as they do their team. This types of leaders are much more likely to get the best out of their team. They will be respected by their team and would be more willing to take direction.

All these traits of good leaders have something in common – getting the best out of their team members.

Leader and organisations are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of their employees. A happy team is one whose wellbeing is looked after. This is also more productive. There is increasing sound scientific evidence which shows that managers and leaders of teams play an important role in ensuring and promoting the wellbeing of their team. This then leads to dramatic improvements in performance amongst other key attributes.

To harness this further, good leaders should seek to do the following –

  • Encourage team members to think outside the box
  • Stimulate their teams
  • Be a role model by modelling desired traits
  • Incorporate an understanding of teams differences and a mix of learning styles
  • Show care and consideration to those in their team
  • Ensure a positive surrounding environment
More leaders are understanding the importance of wellbeing amongst their teams.

Many would acknowledge within organisations that employee wellbeing is important in keeping employees engaged and motivated. However research from Right Management (Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Service) also suggests that it is still misunderstood, with 41% of organisations regarding employee wellness as a perk rather than a necessary investment.

Organisations cannot afford unfit, unwell and unproductive people. While HR departments are responsible for playing a major role, leaders play the primary role in motivating, driving and keeping employees engaged.

The spirit of an organisation starts at the top.

A good leader can make a world of difference to an organisation by engaging, inspiring and developing employees. Conversely, bad leaders can disengage, derail and demotivate staff, which can have a negative impact on business productivity, which in turn affects turnover.

Research has shown that emotionally engaged employees tend to perform their tasks to a higher standard and are less likely to indulge in behaviours that might damage the organisation.

An important meta analysis literature review was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Jaana Kuoppala, Lamminpää, Liira, and Vaino, 2008). This is still just as relevant today. One of the findings of this study when taking into account a number of positive leadership styles was that the impact of a ‘good’ leadership style on employee wellbeing (traits that were taken into account included supportive and considerate leaders). Positive relationships were found, demonstrating the importance of impactful leadership styles on wellbeing.

So, what can we glean from this article? – Effective leaders take the time to support their team in a number of ways. This will not only lead to happier and more effective team members, but will make for a more productive and manageable work environment. An all round no-brainer.

Janine delivers resilience and stress management training to manger, workforces, and organisations in supporting and improving wellbeing. If you would like any further information, please contact Janine.

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