Yoshka the Google dog

Yoshka the Google dog and the importance of stories at work

Yoshka the Google dog and the importance of stories at work What are the stories which have risen into legend at your workplace? Apocryphal or not, that time when the CEO rode around the office on a micropig or Michael from accounts ate 16 doughnuts to get through 'month end', these are the moments which can power whole corporate cultures. You may be thinking that these sound like tongue-in-cheek examples, but when you scroll down and see that Google have given a blog to the first…

We hang out and talk about mental health

We hang out and talk about mental health

When Jessica Ann Spires first experienced depression and anxiety, it was meeting up with a few friends and talking about it which helped her through the toughest times. Now the group she's founded - Lets Go Mental - is reaching out to help others do the same. LGM is a fortnightly peer-led support group, based in Peckham, South London - but it might be better described as a hang out for people who happen to talk about mental health. Good Day at Work® caught up with Jessica for a Q and…

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Paul Farmer Q&A – ‘there is still a sense that it’s difficult for senior management to be open about their own mental health experiences’

Q&A with Paul Farmer - CEO, Mind 'there is still a sense that it’s difficult for senior management to be open about their own mental health experiences' Last week the decision by Tesco and ASDA to stock a 'mental health patient' Halloween costume caused outrage.The man that led the response in the media was Paul Farmer, the CEO of the charity Mind. Good Day at Work® caught up with him this week to find out about the fallout from the issue, and to ask him about the current…

Heels of steel: Surviving and Thriving in a Corporate World

Heels of Steel: Surviving and Thriving in a Corporate World At the age of 11 Vanessa Vallely would clean offices with her mum from 5pm to 10pm from Mondays to Wednesdays after school, work in a pie and mash shop on Thursdays from 4-8pm, clean her house from top to bottom on Fridays, work in the pie and mash shop on Saturdays and do weekly cleaning jobs to give her mother a break on Sundays. It was a routine which instilled in her the strong work ethic and determination that drove…

Physical pain - is it linked to psychology

Stress relief – psychological links to physical pain

Stress relief - the psychological links to physical pain   Georgie Oldfield has been a physiotherapist for 30 years but in the year 2000, took a reflexology class in her spare time - initially as a way to get more intellectual stimulation as she worked a part-time job. From there her journey into discovering the links between psychology and physiotherapy began. In this post, Georgie explains how visiting the influential American professor John Sarno changed her perspective on…

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Q and A with Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer

Q&A with Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer - Woohoo Inc. Alexander Kjerulf is the founder of Woohoo inc and one of the world’s leading experts on happiness at work. He is a speaker, consultant and author, presenting and conducting workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences all over the world. His clients include companies like Hilton, Microsoft, LEGO, IKEA, Shell, HP and IBM. Alex is also going to be speaking at the upcoming Good Day at Work®…

We're not all like that

‘We’re not all like that’… thoughts on standards of care

"But we're not all like that...." A perspective on standards of care and mental health support from @Sectioned_ Good Day at Work®'s Wellbeing stories are all about featuring different perspectives on the big issues of wellbeing, work and health. So this week, we're pleased to be able to bring you the views of @Sectioned_ - a great blogger on mental health and healthcare whose views have been influenced by a period 'detained in the UK’s busiest acute psychiatric hospital'.…

Give and Take by Adam Grant

The Art of Motivation Maintenance

Adam Grant on the art of 'motivation maintenance'  "The intelligent altruists, though less altruistic than the unintelligent altruists, will be fitter than both unintelligent altruists and selfish individuals.." - Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize winner in economics Adam Grant is a Professor at Wharton Business School, one of the world's top 40 profs under 40, and a former professional magician. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Give and Take: A Revolutionary…

The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman

The case for embracing your failures – Oliver Burkeman

Happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking An extract from Oliver Burkeman's book, The Antidote. "Failure is the distinguishing feature of corporate life." - Paul Ormerod, economist   Is the societal and individual pursuit of happiness exactly what is stopping us from attaining it? That's the question that Oliver Burkeman asks in his book, The Antidote, which has been described as a 'bracing detox for the self-help junkie' by The Guardian.   So,…

Christopher Lewer quit a lucrative job to become a stay-at-home dad

From consulting engineer to stay at home dad

From consulting engineer to stay-at-home dad Challenging stereotypes of work and parenthood 25% of mothers in the workplace feel discriminated against, according to the latest survey, and it's a figure that's unlikely to change unless traditional attitudes to parenthood and work change too.  In our recent interview with Mandy Gardner of Working Mums, she emphasised the need for more men to share the load of childcare - something which will create benefits for all and start to…