In the midst of cold, dark nights, the post-Christmas lull and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, employers are likely facing a less than upbeat workforce. Whilst many companies will be discussing and even running ‘Blue Monday’ promotions, to mark what is apparently the ‘most depressing day of the year’, Stacey Lowman, head of financial wellbeing at Claro Wellbeing, said, “employers must make a genuine effort to support staff with wellbeing, boost morale, and avoid tokenism."
It’s well-known that the third Monday in January is called “Blue Monday”. Supposedly the most depressing day of the year, this theory has been broadly debunked and has received criticism for trivialising mental health. Danni Rush, COO of Virgin Incentives, Virgin Experience Days and Virgin Experience Gifts discusses.
Miguel Fernandez, CEO and Co-Founder of Capchase looks to the challenging year ahead and some simple measures startups can take to build resilience. We’ve all seen the headlines. That tech is bracing itself for a challenging year. From gaming to green tech, fledging startups to billion-dollar global businesses – it would appear that most tech sectors will feel the pinch of recession. But that is not to say all is lost. Far from it.
Employers have a responsibility to support their employees’ mental health. In previous decades, businesses did not openly discuss employees' mental health when assessing the wellbeing of their staff. Fortunately, workplace mental health support is rising in importance, although there is still a long way to go.
Gen Z’ers are emerging wonderfully into the workforce at a time of major economic upheaval post pandemic, and unlike those who have gone before them, they’re pushing harder and louder for different working conditions and standards that fit their ideology of the workplace of the future (regardless of how I try to push back with ‘back in my day…’).
The recent Bank of England interest rate hike to 3% has certainly put a dampener on cheap lending but as startups seek a path through the myriad of economic uncertainty, the additional factor to consider is the high likelihood that if new finance is needed, the business founder or directors will need to sign personal guarantees.
2022 was a year for the history books - the impact of Roe v. Wade being overturned will be felt for years to come in and outside of the US. As we head into 2023, Dr. Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, Co-Founder and co-CEO of Natural Cycles, shares her thoughts on the short-term impacts of how the decision will impact the women’s health industry over the next year, as well as other predictions for the women’s health space in 2023.
As a startup founder, you’ve grown into a position that’s exciting, but can also be quite lonesome. It’s important to have good advisors, but often those within the business have an agenda that doesn’t align with your own. This is where an executive coach can be helpful, offering an unbiased, impartial view.