This post contains the complete chapters of my thesis in PDF. The post is created to help provide access and easy sharing for those public bodies that have recently requested to read it. It might also be useful for anyone wanting to read around studies related to some of the stress faced in micro businesses and self employment. Please drop me a line if you have any questions.
Due to recent popular demand for more of my insight I shall be regularly providing followers with video blog posts.
The emphasis of the vlog series shall be on workplace well-being within micro businesses and for the self employed.
Here is the first one just posted on you tube today.
Shortly I shall post a vlog informing you of who the wonderful winners were of the Healthy Workplace Charter awards. The ceremony was held last night.
Love dogs? Here’s a link to a story about Cooper the Harvard Medical School’s therapy dog.
Click on the link to learn more. Therapy dog offers stress relief at work.
I love the way that scientists are looking at workplace well-being through getting closer to animals.
New research details the components of respect.
It is called:
Respect as an engine for new ideas: Linking respectful engagement, relational information processing and creativity among employees and teams
The full reference is:
Carmeli, Abraham, Jane E. Dutton and Ashley E. Hardin. Respect as an Engine for New Ideas: Linking Respectful Engagement, Relational Information Processing and Creativity Among Employees and Teams, Human Relations, Jan 2015.
Here is the link:
The authors propose that relational engagement and relational information processing is linked to creativity. Abraham Carmeli, Jane Dutton and Ashley Hardin say respect is vital to foster mutuality. In addition they add that reflection in-conversation- is an enabler of creativity as this leads to additional ideas. In describing their research instrument for testing Respectful Engagement at Work the authors clearly describe how to do respect. From reading their research study, respect in the workplace to me means:
- Always be available to hear out and listen to each other
- Pay the utmost attention to each other’s needs
- Express genuine interest in each other’s position and the units they are managing and responsible for
- Recognize and understand what goes into each other’s work
- Emphasize each other’s good sides
- Express appreciation and respect for each other’s contribution to the organization
- Appreciate how valuable other members’ time is
- Make requests, not demands from each other
- Speak to each other in a respectful rather than in a demanding way
Most of us are grateful for such detailed explanations. Others would probably argue that it is just plain good manners. But this song by Aretha Franklin also helps to spell out the details of respect a bit more too.
This is part two of the poll for you to learn about the physical signs of stress and see how you compare with others. Part one looked at Skin, Heart, Muscles and Mental Health. We can thank the HSE site for providing details of the physical signs of stress at work.
This time in this poll we will look at metabolism, Digestive system and gut, the reproductive system and the immune system.
Digestive system and gut
I was surprised to this one from the HSE too but here is for you to compare in the poll.
This is the poll for you to learn and see how you compare on physical signs of workplace stress.
Learn about how I help businesses embed better well-being practices in my project page. You can also ask me a question by getting in contact.
This week I’m performing my duties as a verifier for London Healthy Workplace Charter organised by Public Health England and Mayor of London’s office at City Hall. This is a really worthwhile event for any business owner, manager or workplace health champion to take part in developing good practice. Through this scheme organisations and institutes receive positive support and learning about how best to make their workplaces more healthy. There are three levels of attainment available which include:
- Showing commitment to healthy workplace
- Showing achievement in healthy workplace practices
- Showing excellence in healthy workplace
Within the London Healthy Workplace charter process we look holistically at each company/ organisation or institute especially at eight areas. This means that applicants to the charter award must show there is a supportive leadership, culture and communications around:
- Attendance Management
- Problematic use of alcohol and other substances
- Mental health and well-being
- Physical activity
- Health and safety
- Corporate support for well-being
- Healthy eating
It is free to achieve and you might just need the funds for an external consultant to help you put your evidence together. But anyone that is interested in workplace well-being should try and gain the London Healthy Workplace Charter for their organisation.
If you have a question about getting help with the London Healthy Workplace Charter please get in contact.
This infinity scarf I made helps me tell the story that I’m using the study below as a base to look at positive psychology and corporate dress especially the function of a women’s favourite boardroom jackets.
Follow if you work for an organisation whose cultural values insist on “The Corporate Look” and you want to take part in the on-line survey which is coming soon!
Rewarding staff for not being absent is one new method of managing absenteeism. It is an example that Dame Sally Coates was said to preside over recently acording to a newspaper article. In her role as head teacher she thanked teachers who didn’t take days off sick with bottles of wine, chocolates and book tokens.
Teachers Were the Worst Truants at Toxic School
People tend to criticise this method as bribery. Some say that if you’re ill, you’re ill. Some say it is unfair because if you really are ill you wont even achieve the getting chocolates or other reward state.
My take on it is that we need to understand the context of the wine and chocolate giving. If Sally provided wine and chocolate as part of a considerate management style I think her novel methods are one of the ways forward.
Here’s a fashionable image that I captured this week. I took it when I carried out a fruitful workshop for fashion management students who were about to go into their placement year. I used the Forum Theatre method to help them discuss and work through their hopes and fears about going into the workplace. I think it helped as they came up and thanked me and said they mentioned how positive the experience was for their tutor. The sessions were meant to help them prepare for difficult work scenarios that caused the most anxiety for new graduates.
I took this picture of the display in the college gallery while I rested on my way out. It also reminds me that artefacts and art galleries have a useful role for well-being at the end of working day. It was from sitting quietly from this vantage point that I was able to sit and take stock and shift focus then prepare to join the bands of hurried crushed commuters for the journey home. One day I’ll post a link to the research evidence that talks of corridors of well-being at the end of the day.