It’s a question of choice!

Q.  What kind of life do you want and how close are you to living it?

Choices in life are a balancing act. We can all choose to do certain things every day of our lives. You can get a warm glow from changing your attitude to life.
Be kind to yourself when you muck things up (we are only human after all !)
Focus on what’s important to your life and make positive changes to make you happy.
We have to see life as an adventure. Each adventure is a chance to have fun, learn something, explore the world and broaden our horizons.

Q Are you ready to make life your sparring partner ?

Change your thinking and step outside of yourself. Every day we are faced with an immense number of choices and every action we make has an effect on our family, friends, society and the world in general and that effect, can be positive or detrimental.

We get torn between what’s good for us and what’s good for others. No one said it would be easy . Life is a challenge – Thank God ! It allows us to stretch and grow, it moulds us into a better person. If it was easy we would get bored. Only dead fish swim with the stream – ‘live’  fish swim against the currents ! Each flick of the fin makes us stronger.

Q.  Which fish do you want to become?

 Change what you can change and let go of the rest. Time is short and do not waste any of it . Aim to be the very best of everything you can be. If you are a parent, be the best parent. If you go to work, be the best at what you do.

Set your own standard and leave a little space for yourself each day. Know where true happiness comes from. Look after yourself. You are the Boss and Captain of your own ship.

Here are some areas that you can focus in for the choices in your life:

  • You can choose where to be.
  • You can choose how to act.
  • You can choose who you trust.
  • You can choose who you avoid.
  • You can choose what to say and what to do.
  • You can choose what to believe and you can choose what to say about yourself.
  • You can choose what to say about others.
  • You can choose what behaviour to have day-to-day.

Q.  What can I do today to make my life better ?

Ask it each and every day. Raise the bar. Your thinking needs to stay focused but flexible. Demand those special things, amazing feelings and outstanding magic experiences.

Be very clear about what you want , and very clear about what you don’t want.

This is an important distinction : If you can recognise it not the thing or event that you really want, but the FEELINGS that you associate with it, then your goal shifts  from the thing or the event, to the EMOTIONS that are connected with them.

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because the world needs people who have come alive !


The truth about absenteeism at work

It’s a well-known fact that absenteeism affects businesses bottom lines. As an employer you can expect that employees will miss some workdays throughout the year for very genuine reasons,  absenteeism is a chronic problem where an employee continually misses work for inappropriate reasons. Absenteeism can also affect teams in business, can you spot the difference between normal levels of absence from chronic levels which could indicate a bigger problem?

Common reasons for absenteeism:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Burnout, stress and low morale
  • Childcare and elder care
  • Depression – This is the leading cause of absenteeism in the USA.
  • Disengagement
  • Illness and injury – offered cited as the reason for absence but not always the case!
  • Partial shifts – Often overlooked: Arriving late, leaving early and taking longer breaks than allowed are considered forms of absenteeism and can affect productivity and workplace morale.

The true cost of absenteeism in the workplace

According to an article in Sky News figures released by PricewaterhouseCoopers “show that Brits bunk off nearly twice as much as workers in the US.”

The average worker has 10 unscheduled days off work per year and absenteeism costs the UK a staggering £32bn each year….The UK number is also twice as high compared to Asia-Pacific, where workers take 4.5 days off.

The article goes on to say:

PwC’s analysis suggests that more flexible labour laws in the US and Asia could be a reason for workers being more committed there.

Richard Phelps, HR consulting partner at PwC, said: “For a variety of reasons, there seems to be a hunger among workers in US and Asia to go the extra mile.”

“With sickness accounting for the lion’s share of absence, the question for employers is what can be done to improve health, morale and motivation.”

We clearly have a huge problem in the UK and it is costing UK businesses money, what can you do as an employer to improve the health, morale and motivation of your workforce?

Employers really need to be proactive in the modern workplace. Businesses that employ wellness strategies which take into account employee health concerns such as, Physical health, Psychological health, Work-home balance, Environmental health and Economic health have a net positive effect on a company’s bottom line – and that’s good for business.corporate wellness

Healthier, happier employees will be more able and motivated to go to work each day, resulting in increased productivity and higher moral for the individual workers as well as the entire team.

When wellness and health are actively promoted an employee is 2.5 times more likely to see you as a best performer with their levels of engagement to increase by eight times. (Source World Economic Forum)

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