11 Jan 2018

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Remove anxiety

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You don’t have to suffer with anxiety

I absolutely love what I do. Why? Because of this. I have clients who come to see me who have suffered with long term anxiety, some for years, well over ten years or more. Within a matter of sessions, symptoms will shift profoundly.

Anxiety is an area that I specialise in. Clients can suffer with any physical symptoms such as panic attacks, not wanting to go in spaces were there are lots of people, and there can be a number of debilitating symptoms which can have huge negative impacts on someones life.

Within a short space of sessions, I see the symptoms of anxiety within clients who have suffered with this on a long term basis completely dissipate and dissolve. This is to the point where they feel like a different person. Back to their old selves prior to suffering with this issue that has been keeping them stuck for years. How rewarding is that!

I saw a new client recently who had seen such dramatic shifts in another client who I had worked with whom she knew through a friend of hers. So she wanted to come and work with me herself.

Within a short space of time, we were able to start releasing some of those old emotions and patterns that had been keeping her completely stuck. So much shifted and with that a massive amount of relief was experienced from my client.

I often liken anxiety to carrying a load of old bags around. When you come back off holiday and you are waiting at the luggage carousel for your suitcases, you don’t get all the suitcases off the carousel and make the decision to carry them all round on your shoulders for the foreseeable future do you? However, we do this with anxiety, worry, stress and other related behaviours. We are literally carrying round a load of old stuff that we don’t need. And guess what? – That is going to become uncomfortable and painful for a years and years!

Trust me, you don’t need to suffer

Who would make the decision to continue to carry on holding to all this old behaviours or patterns? What is the value to you if you make the decision to let it go? It may feel a struggle on your own, but I can help. You can’t put a price or a value on removing anxiety for good. You simply don’t need it any more.

If you want to know any more about how with my help, you can remove anxiety and all those awful symptoms related to anxiety once and for all, drop me a message, we can set up a free initial chat.

The most common thing most of my clients say is this “I wish I had come to see you sooner”


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!

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