At CogX Festival 2023, Steven Bartlett and Fearne Cotton sat down for a candid fireside conversation to discuss what it takes to build resilience amid today’s turbulent culture, nurturing mental health in the workplace, unlocking your true self, and fostering tools for a healthier and more balanced headspace.
A third of SME owners reveal they are surviving on less than 5 hours sleep a night on average, as stress, anxiety and depression cripple small business owners across the country. The recent survey of 1,070 small business owners by small business insurance provider Simply Business has uncovered the full extent of the mental health challenges faced by the UK’s self-employed.
The transition from summer to autumn can be difficult to navigate for many of us, as the days get darker, and the weather gets colder. The change in seasons will see 3 in 10 adults experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) over the coming months, a form of short-term depression that typically affects people more so in the winter than summer.
Amid market pressures and seismic changes to how we work, business leaders are putting more focus on productivity than ever before. In fact, new data from Asana based on 3,000 UK and US leaders reveals some leaders are prioritising improving productivity in their organisations over securing revenue.
To mark Happiness at Work Week on the 25th of September, a new study by UK-based Virtual Business Assistant firm, and champion of positive workplace policies, SpareMyTime, reveals which European countries prioritise employee wellbeing. They have found that Norway is the best country in Europe for work-life balance, with low-income inequality and workers less likely to work long hours than their European counterparts.
RedArc, the nurse-led health and wellbeing support service, is highlighting that a focus on connectedness can be a key way to prevent the incidence of suicide, and ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, it believes employers and insurers should consider building this message and support into their communications and provision.
Continuous price rises on necessities, swiftly evolving ways of working, and geopolitical conflict have many members of the workforce struggling with mental health. Employers are uniquely positioned to support employee wellbeing—employees spend the majority of their waking hours at work during the week, and 70% trust their organisations to provide them with help in times of need.
A recent Microsoft survey has confirmed the suspicions of the working world. Burnout among employees has reached the level of an international crisis, especially fast-paced, high-pressure roles like sales. Here, Ross Slogrove, UK and Ireland country manager at VoIP phone system provider Ringover, explains how using technology effectively can alleviate burnout and reduce pressure in target-driven business functions.
In the relentless whirlwind of modern life, the importance of self-care often takes a back seat. Yet, it is a vital practice that can not only preserve your mental wellbeing but also save your life. The understanding and consistent practice of self-care form the foundation of a healthy, balanced existence.
As a founder, there are various hurdles you will go through, but that doesn’t mean you need to overcome them on your own. There is help out help there to elevate your business and point you in the right direction. Business mentors come in different forms but recruiting one that suits your business needs and personality can greatly enhance you as a founder and make your business, stand out. Here are the six signs you need a business mentor to lead you to success.
Amelia Sordell, Founder of Klowt, the personal branding agency, and Hustle Awards judge, started her business in a small corner of her bedroom in the middle of a pandemic. Now, the business is getting ready to move into its fourth office in less than three years with a plan to reach £20 million in revenue by year seven.
Envy is a common emotion that can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as seeing someone else with something we want, feeling like we’re not good enough, or are not given the same opportunities for different reasons or being reminded of our own shortcomings. While envy can be a fleeting emotion, it can also become a more persistent problem that can negatively impact our self-esteem and well-being.
Employers are not providing the health and wellbeing support they themselves believe their employees want and need, according to new research from Towergate Health & Protection. The research took place among UK companies of all sizes and all industries across the UK. Directed at the employers, it asked what health and wellbeing support they thought was most important to their staff, and what they actually provide.
In today's fast-paced and ever-changing business landscape, startups are increasingly turning towards the transformative power of flexible work solutions as a fundamental driver for growth and success. As the founder of a virtual assistance agency that values flexibility as core to our model, I've personally experienced the benefits of embracing flexibility in the workplace.
Responding to statistics from TravelPerk, which revealed that 58% of employees believe in-person meetings are important, global workplace creation company, Unispace, has warned that the younger generation will be impacted if the ‘return to the office’ battle between staff and employers is not resolved soon.
Do you ever set yourself goals? Or are you winging it all the way?
As a highly experienced business coach and mentor, I am passionate about enabling entrepreneurs (particularly women) to build and grow profitable, happy businesses through banishing stress, overwhelm and procrastination and by using proven business strategies and methodologies, together we build the business that they want.
As someone who specialises in supporting others to reduce stress, I found myself in an epicentre of stress as an entrepreneur: with a growing team and a growing client base I took on the responsibility for everyone and came close to burnout before I went back to basics and started applying what I knew.
The stress that comes with entrepreneurship is familiar to Oshoma Zekeri, having experienced the ups and downs. In this article, he will share his personal experience on stress management techniques for entrepreneurs, raising capital in a stressful business environment, funding in a cost-of-living crisis, and solutions to save money as an entrepreneur.
Less is more, someone wise once said. And with the world’s biggest trial of the four-day work week underway in the UK, many entrepreneurs and start-up directors are asking the same thing: could we do the same work in less time? If the idea of dropping a day makes you lose sleep, fear not! There are many ways to help you be just as productive- and maybe even more- with a shorter working week.
Recoverlution, the world’s first all-in-one recovery platform, has announced a series of partnerships to support the one million people in the UK and 10 million globally in recovery from addiction. The announcement, which coincides with International Recovery Month and International Recovery Day (30th September), is supported by ex-footballer and recovering addict Paul Merson who is an ambassador for Recoverlution.
Hospitals, doctors and other healthcare professionals are expected to provide a certain standard of care but what happens when care fails to meet this standard? Or when an error is made resulting in harm or injury to a patient? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what medical negligence is and discuss some of the factors that make you eligible to make a medical negligence claim.
In the wake of the Great Resignation, employee retention is increasingly becoming a priority for employers. With a study finding that toxic workplace culture was the main influence in people leaving their jobs, employers and managers must prioritise the cultivation of a safe and positive working environment.
Home working is an increasingly popular option for workers in the UK. An initial spike in uptake of remote working occurred as the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to adopt remote working technology; however today, many workers still prefer a full or partial home-working agreement over working from an office full time.
But there are concerns regarding the relative productivity of workers at home as opposed to the office. While the numbers suggest that home workers are largely more productive, it is true that office environments are more purposefully designed for productive working. What can you do as a home worker to improve your home office space for productivity?
Today, every penny counts, but saving month over month can be challenging. If you’re struggling to save money, you may be unaware of the factors impacting your financial habits. A recent survey by SoFi revealed surprising correlations between the personal traits and economic patterns of over 1200 respondents. The purpose of the survey was to uncover trends in cash-back credit card users vs. debit card and cash users. However, the study also discovered that age, gender, relationship status, and other personal traits could impact your financial habits and ability to save. Here are some of the most exciting finds of this survey and what you should consider when trying to save money month over month.
The hydra of scandals, lawsuits, and controversy has many heads, but Mark Zuckerberg continues to effortlessly sever them all as he bulldozes through the tech world, determined to get Meta into the same VIP booth atop Mt. Olympus as Apple and Google, and he claims to have found his holy grail – AR (augmented reality) goggles.
Many companies find themselves in the midst of change now. The post-Covid economy and other megatrends are creating new business models and transforming industries and offerings at a rapid pace. When faced with change, some companies stubbornly maintain their paths, while others embrace it and seek to evolve.
Even before the pandemic, purpose-centred businesses were beginning to see how they could marry their ambition for profit alongside their environmental, social and governance targets. The pandemic lockdown stopped most people from travelling and helped to develop other methods of meeting clients such as Zoom.
Vivo Surgical, a pioneering medical device company based in Singapore, has become the first start-up to win the prestigious WIPO-IPOS IP for Innovation Award for 2022. Now in its 10th year, this award celebrates Singaporean companies that have achieved outstanding growth through the successful application of intangible assets and intellectual property. Over 40 organizations have received this highly regarded accolade since its inception, with this year’s criteria centered around adaptable and resilient companies emerging through recent global challenges.
On the one hand, remote working allows cancer patients to continue to work during their treatment and rehabilitation (if they so wish). Being able to work as and when they feel sufficiently well enough without needing to commute and without having to ask for workplace adjustments can make this a lot easier for employees.
Starting a business is a very personal journey and one that requires absolute attention and effort. Entrepreneurs often create businesses that reflect who they are as a person – meaning that personal habits and motivations can commonly creep into business proceedings. However, it’s important to ensure that you recognise when you are doing something for the benefit of the business or yourself because these lines can become blurred when you are at the helm of a startup.
I wanted to write this article for you if you’re a budding entrepreneur who wants to be in charge of your own destiny. Maybe you’re craving that feeling of creating something from nothing. Or perhaps you just want that sense of freedom: taking holidays when you like, doing only what you love and dialling your earnings up and down as much as you please.