Mental health in the workplace
English batsman, Jonathan Trott, has just left England’s Ashes tour of Australia, after the first test match. due to a long-term stress related illness. He said: “I don’t feel it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100% and I cannot operate at the level I have done in the past. My priority now is to take a break from cricket so that I can focus on my recovery. I want to wish my team-mates all the best for the remainder of the tour.” Nearly every day someone tries to take their life on Britain’s railways, and now thousands of rail staff have been trained to spot the signs before it is too late. Sharon Willett was eight hours into her shift for East Coast Trains when she noticed a teenage boy sitting alone on a platform bench. He was cocooned in his hooded top and looked like he might be crying, but as he was hiding his face she could not be sure. He had not boarded any of the trains that had passed through, so she had started to become concerned and her training kicked in.
When is a hairy arm not a hairy arm? When it’s a technique for managing your boss
The tactic goes by many names, but my favourite is the Theory Of The Hairy Arm. An American business consultant, Lawrence San, tells the following story about a colleague he calls Joe, who worked as a graphic designer in the days before computers. One of Joe's clients was forever ruining projects by insisting on stupid changes. Then something odd started happening: each time the client was presented with a newly photographed layout, he'd encounter the image of Joe's own arm at one edge of the frame, partly obscuring the ad. "The guy would look at it," Joe recalled, "and he'd say, 'What the hell is that hairy arm doing in there?'" Joe would apologise for theWhen is a hairy arm not a hairy arm? When it's a technique for managing your boss.
How to fire someone
Can this man be trusted with the NHS?