According to the latest research, from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, mums appear to have been doing most of the housework and childcare during lockdown. With today’s post I wanted to discuss the main theme from this research – a sense of fairness balancing child care duties in a relationship against the day job. Is it possible to manage it all?
Disaster Strikes! Steps to building a resilient mind in the face of adversity We all have good weeks and bad weeks. When I worked in the Child Protection unit, I was overseen by my incompetent manager Lesley. And she absolutely despised me! These types of managers were dime a dozen during my time in local … Continue reading Disaster Strikes! Steps to building a resilient mind in the face of adversity
Get your application right: playing notes in the right orderIn the United Kingdom, there is an old school comedy duo called Morecambe and Wise.One well known sketch is antics with composer André Previn, the jist is Eric Morecambe forces himself onto the orchestra and rather than playing the classical piece André is composing, he starts … Continue reading Get your application right: playing notes in the right order
How social media made us hate office jobs A large section of the self-improvement movement that operates under the logic: Run a business = success Work for a business = loser It bugs me, but then the cynic in me sees the real motivation as every 'guru' frames this as "quit the nine to five … Continue reading How social media made us hate office jobs
Networking tips: be the useful expert When I first started working I viewed networking as a bunch of people who don't know each other at some event making small talk and handing out business cards. Because cold approaching a stranger made me feel uncomfortable, I shunned networking, accepting the created view it was nothing but … Continue reading Networking tips: be the useful expert
My dad joked when my daughter was born "Facebook has replaced the newspaper for announcements" It was a statement I couldn't help think and laugh about (perhaps inappropriately) when I read about the premature death of a former work colleague. The Internet is supposed to bring us closer together, I can read hundreds of unsolicited … Continue reading The sense of it all
Hi all, I have recently taken the time to update and add my 'Where to Start' page to the sites menu. This is a place for new and established readers alike to have a look at some of my favourite posts since I started the site in February 2014. I have broke these down into … Continue reading The Manifesto of Perfection – Where to Start?
I really love my job, it is probably the best one I have ever had. It is strange because when I got the new job it was a step up from the old one. I have more responsibility and more money. But unlike my other job I am back at the bottom - basically I … Continue reading Competition in the work place
I used to volunteer as a manager at Oxfam. One day a customer was arguing the toss on getting a discount on the set price. This was normal practice in the shop as everyone who tried to haggle had the same argument "But you got it for free - so what does it matter what … Continue reading The Customer is always right
This post was originally posted on April 2014 Additional note: It's interesting to go back through my old posts to see how my writing has changed, reading it can be a bit embarrassing but I guess it shows I have changed and evolved... Life is short, some people choose to waste their free time doing much … Continue reading Habits you should adopt
6am, the alarm on my phone plays its upbeat jingle, it's called Over the Horizon yet I don't feel like that. Motivation to pull myself out of bed will do for the moment. Work has become very beaurcratic and process based recently. Not surprisingly the desire to jump out of bed and go has been … Continue reading How am I going to make someone’s life better today?
Want to know how to make a job application or covering letter more appealing to your potential new employer? For many years when I completed job applications I always thought from the perspective of myself - the skills, knowledge and experience that I could offer - which in theory sounds right because I am showing … Continue reading One simple way to improve your job application