Personal Stories

Personal stories are the ones that make the biggest impact, and this is never truer than when talking about mental health and wellbeing. Initiatives such as Mental Health Awareness week have long promoted the fact that initiating a dialogue can have a tremendous effect, particularly within the workplace. However, tackling this subject can be difficult. Employees can be left wondering whether discussing mental health with their seniors could affect their job security, perception by colleagues,…

Should your business have a New Year’s Resolution?

Christmas and New Year flashed by in an instant, and before we know it we’re thrust back into the world of work with not only objectives from a workplace perspective to consider, but also our own New Year’s Resolutions. YouGov recently looked into the most common resolutions, and perhaps unsurprisingly, four of the top five all centre around health & wellbeing. Exercising more came out on top, followed up improving diet and losing weight, before  38% of people noted ’Reduce Stress’ as a…

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Time for a workplace revolution

Co-founder of Robertson Cooper, Cary set up the business with Ivan Robertson in 1999. A Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, he is recognised as a world leading expert on wellbeing. Cary is also the media’s first choice for comment on workplace issues. He remains an active member of the Robertson Cooper team, focusing on strategy, external relations and PR activity. With US election results and ongoing Brexit rulings, this week has been a timely reminder…

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5 Questions To Ask Yourself To Gain Senior Leadership Buy-In To Your Wellbeing Strategy

Ahead of the Good Day At Work Conversation 2015, which will focus on how ready are our organisations, individuals and society as a whole, to embrace wellbeing, the Robertson Cooper team are writing a series of articles to address this. This week, Robertson Cooper's leading Business Psychologist, Paula Brockwell, focuses on a topic that feels a bit more tangible to wellbeing practitioners: senior-level, executive engagement.  If you're trying to…

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Undercover Boss – more than just a TV gimmick

Flicking through the television for something to watch at the weekend I came across Undercover Boss on Channel 4. Having never watched the programme before I thought I'd give it a go - and I was surprised to find that I really quite enjoyed it.Now, I'm not so naive as to think that the show wasn't slightly scripted, and heavily edited for dramatic effect - but the underlying principles are definitely worth taking note of - and are something that many companies could benefit and learn from. Are…

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Margaret Thatcher and her contribution to gender equality

The jockey, Katie Walsh; the Premiership club chairperson, Karen Brady; the businesswoman, Hilary DeVey and the racing driver, Susie Wolff.  It's not hard to work out what unites these figures. They are all women who have blazed a trail in worlds dominated by men… and for doing that they have become pretty much universally admired. In the Grand National last Saturday the support of 'The Great British Public' swept Seabass on a tide of hope and expectation towards being the race favourite.…