It takes a crying contestant to remind us that ‘Bake Off’ is just about cake.
Our newsfeed rolls 24/7, an endless loop of imagery and information as a backdrop to our digital world.
But do you ever stop to think what happens when the feed moves on, when the cameras stop rolling on the ‘breaking news’ of the moment? Our lives continue, already onto the next headline, but what about those we leave behind?
And this is the thought that struck me after seeing the dreadful pictures of Leicester City’s Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s crashed helicopter at the weekend.
The news this week will cover the aftermath of the weekend’s events, until another headline takes our attention, but as I said earlier, what does happen when the cameras stop rolling and life inevitably moves us on? For Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s family, the effects will last a lifetime.
For every dramatic news headline there are countless tragedies happening in the most ordinary of households, the majority of us will never know, as these events will never touch us personally and our own lives continue.
In my most recent operational HR role, I experienced a ‘breaking news’ moment virtually every day. When you work amidst 500+ colleagues, every day will have its own people-related headline, and I encountered some very real human tragedies over my tenure.
Looking back, what I didn’t have was a great coping mechanism, or a robust support system around me. I became a magnet for the dramatic, “go and see Sue, she’s in HR, she’ll know what to do, she does the people stuff”.
And actually, for the most part, I did know what to do, and I did the people stuff bl***y well! But at what cost?
At the cost of me of course, whilst the world believed I was coping, the reality was that I was collapsing under the weight of the ‘stress bucket’ I was lugging around. In fact, I was so attached to my bucket, I’d lug it home with me, and then I’d dutifully carry it back to work with me the following day…my ever present companion!
Of course I didn’t think anyone could see my bucket, but those people who had my best interests at heart could see it and thankfully reached out to lighten the load a little.
Looking back now, I can clearly see that there were better ways of dealing with the stress and challenge of my role.
But at the time, I simply thought that the bucket came with the job and it was mine alone to carry.
So, if your bucket is heavy, we can help lighten the load. We understand that you’re dealing with your own “breaking news” every day, and we also know that you’re still there once everyone else has moved on to the next drama.
We understand your world.
And because we understand it, we wrote this workshop.
And your bucket.
Let us help you lighten the load.
We think Sue must be a ‘Master of the Dark Arts’, as she has hidden depths! Running our office with meticulous planning and capability, Sue is an avid list writer with a keen eye for detail. But don’t be fooled by that organised demeanour, for Sue is as creative as she is efficient! A skilled communicator with a humorous edge, Sue is as passionate about people and their learning and development as she is about becoming the future Mrs Tom Hardy or Mrs Benedict Cumberbatch (either will do!). An interesting career path has taken her from the glamour of working in luxury London hotels to the chilled Distribution Centres of supermarket retail, and whether managing small groups or large teams, people are at the heart of everything Sue does.