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Bored At Work? Sometimes You Just Can’t Hide It

The YouTube video of the pirouetting guardsman at Buckingham Palace is a perfect example of someone bored in their job. So what should happen?  While the most obvious answer would be to sack them there are other options: 1. Talk AND Listen To Them In my years in HR, it was never the case that people did something without some form of reason.  Finding out what is motivating people to b...
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Are you a Lifelong Learner?

I recently heard on the radio about a woman who used her commute as the basis for starting a Master's degree.  Separate recent studies by the TUC and recruitment firm Randstad show a significant rise in the time and distance people commute. How can you turn this to your advantage? First, consider why you want to learn?  A pure love of learning? Build skills or knowledge for a current role?  As a ...
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Do you have a ‘lucky’ mindset?

A few years ago when I was getting started in career coaching, I took a part-time job in an HR department in an NHS Trust on the edge of London.  I was really keen to be out there coaching and the part-time job seemed to be a barrier to this. Yes, I was grateful because it was giving much-needed money to feed and clothe myself, it was just that it wasn't coaching. My seat was right next to the fa...
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Do You Feel Overwhelmed?

You know when you have one of those days, time takes flight.  There's not a moment to catch your breath never mind a cup of tea or a sandwich.  As fast as you complete one task there's another. And when it's all done and time to go home that's when you notice it's not just a day, week or month that you've been doing this.  You can't remember when you weren't.  In fact, you've realised that your bo...
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How To Improve Your Career Without Leaving Your Company

Some tips on this site have been aimed at restoring your energy and enthusiasm for your career and your job. It can feel like you're trapped in your current role with the only option being to quit - with or without a new job to go to.  But wait, you do have other options: Seek out an internal promotion - if you are happy with the company but need more of a stretch in your job, going for an inte...
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What Are Your Top 5 Talents?

It's easy to lose sight of what a talented and gifted person you are.  Part of your frustrations at work can be that you're not using your talents in the best ways possible for you and your employer.  Now is a good time to take stock of your talents and skills. Why? Recalling and recording what we're good at boosts our self-esteem and self-confidence.  Building your self-belief also strengthens ...
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How To Control What Annoys You At Work

Have you ever listed the top 5 things that annoy you in your job - I know for some of you five might not be enough (joke).  Go ahead and write them down.  Now tick each one you believe to be in your control.  What does your list look like?  Lots of ticks? Just a few? None at all?  Now write out the following: " I choose to give my time and energy to "blank" - blank being one of the items on the l...
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Workplace Relationships- Who Are Your Favourites?

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Take a moment.  Think about 5 people you enjoy spending time with at work.  Now write down their names  Decide to make time with one of them each day – having lunch, sharing a coffee or having a drink after work. One word of warning: this is about enjoying being in their company, listening, learning, laughing. If you can’t think of five people pick one or two from your list to do this twice with...
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