James Bay ‘s Album ‘Chaos and the Calm’ was playing today and it made me reflect on how so many of us are feeling at the moment in our ‘new uncertain world’. With social distancing and having to stay at home, no face to face contact other than with those you are living with, with the global nature of Covid-19 affecting everyone irrespective of where you live, there is a real sense of chaos in the world order and this creates feelings of a lack of control and conflicting emotions. However, we have also seen a strange kind of the [...]
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For years now many of us have been talking about how increased flexibility in the working environment increases diversity in the workforce. We have been trying to encourage employers to embrace this change for some of its roles. However as coronavirus has resulted in widespread homeworking, we are all being challenged by needing to change some working norms, challenge the status quo and maybe even be presented with data that supports more flexible working which would bring about other distinct benefits which will help thousands of people enter or remain in the workforce. We have seen that working from home [...]
We are day by day facing more challenges to our working and social norms. So as individuals we are going to need to as the military always say ‘improvise, adapt and overcome!’ We know that we are living in extraordinary times because of Covid-19. This is a global problem and what is shows more than anything is that irrespective of where we come from, what our beliefs are we are all human and suffer the same frailties. Everyone around the world are having to consider many things, our routines are upset, and uncertainty prevails thinking about our health, how are [...]
The Coronavirus is challenging working norms and will become an unlikely ally of improving inclusive practices, as it is beginning to get employers to deploy homeworking! This will work as a field trial and if successful could potentially change the way the world thinks of work.Although many employers are naturally nervous about productivity, security and isolation of staff if it were to introduce homeworking, many of those who have done it will testify that by offering extra flexibility, staff feel trusted and being able to work where they feel most comfortable, which as a result boosts productivity. It can also help staff [...]
It has been well documented over the last 12 months, that the construction industry takes great care in protecting staff from visible risks, however the increased presence of hidden risks needs to be addressed - mental health and wellness. The need to address employee’s mental health, wellbeing and development should be a priority for organisations. The same attitudes and protocols towards physical health and safety, should be replicated to safeguard mental health. Shocking new statistics show that: - Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. However, male site workers are three times more likely to [...]
Our working population is increasingly diverse with more individuals from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds entering the workforce. However, there is still much more we must do to remove barriers to entering the labour market and ensure progression for all ethnic groups in the workplace. There is no reason why the workforce in all organisations should not reflect the diversity of the communities in which their employer operates. It requires a concerted effort to overcome structural, procedural and attitudinal barriers within society and individual organisations. At the Springboard Consultancy, we are committed to working closely with businesses on all aspects [...]
Karen talks about the lessons she learned from her first job as a Platoon Commander for the British Army and the importance of self-belief. https://inspiring-girls.com/
Anne Beaugé is one of 8 women out of the 90 or so skippers from various backgrounds, who lined up in La Rochelle on Sunday 22nd September at 2:15 pm, for the start of the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. This race, brings together the smallest ocean racing boats (only 6.50m long), links La Rochelle and Marin in Martinique (French West Indies) via the Canary Islands. To participate in this race, Anne has asked for her networks, and especially her women’s networks to help. Alomey, with its Springboard Programme, will actively support Anne in her incredible challenge. This [...]
Last week I had the chance to meet Dr Martin Seligman, founding father of Positive Psychology, the discipline that changed my life! Monday, February 4, 2019, on the train to Paris to spend the day at the Festival of Positive Energies. A galvanizing day that made me quickly forget the 3 hours of train, the twenty minute queue at the wagon bar and the RER D being blocked. But the one I’m waiting for is Martin Seligman. He is, as Paul Bocuse is to gastronomy, André Breton is to surrealism, Peter Drucker is to management: a pope, a creator, a [...]