Can Do Better!

Can Do Better!

As 2023 draws to a close and we stand on the threshold of 2024, it’s a natural time for reflection on both our achievements and unfulfilled aspirations.

The transformative impact of the post-COVID work landscape is evident as a substantial portion of the workforce continues to navigate a hybrid work model.

The shift towards this new normal underscores the evolving dynamics of professional life, where adaptability is key.

In this evolving professional landscape, there is a growing recognition among managers of the significance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in tandem with traditional Intelligence Quotient (IQ) skills. The acknowledgment of this dual importance suggests a positive shift towards a more empathetic and holistic approach to leadership. If this perspective gains wider acceptance and employees are genuinely appreciated for their contributions, it could mark a significant departure from mere glimpses of progress to a sustained positive change.

An encouraging trend to note is the diminishing stigma around acknowledging and addressing stress in the workplace. Progress is evident when efforts to cultivate a healthy workplace culture become commonplace, signifying a collective step in the right direction.

A Commitment to Wellbeing

I find it heartening to observe that Health and Safety (H&S) professionals are now taking a comprehensive approach by considering the well-being of the entire individual across both personal and professional spheres. Having had the privilege of addressing various H&S audiences over the past year, I see a commitment to promoting a holistic understanding of employee health.

Personal Responsibility

Acknowledging stress as an inherent aspect of our lives, it’s imperative for individuals to assume personal responsibility for their well-being and develop effective stress management strategies. Recognising that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, each person must identify what works best for them and actively incorporate those practices into their lives.

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Continuous Growth

While the concept of self-improvement may sound straightforward, the reality often involves ongoing efforts and a commitment to continuous growth. As we approach the close of 2023, it prompts introspection – how many of us reading this can honestly say, “I did that, but I can do better”?

Let’s embrace honesty in our self-assessment. We all have the capacity to improve. As we eagerly anticipate the advent of 2024, it becomes an opportunity to envision and strive for a version of ourselves that embodies continuous improvement.

Here’s to the promise of “doing better” and the exciting journey that lies ahead in the coming year.

Carole Spiers

Carole is the CEO of a leading UK stress management and wellbeing consultancy. She is a BBC Guest-broadcaster and author of Show Stress Who’s Boss! Carole is an international Motivational Speaker and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment. She is Chair of the International Stress Management Association [UK], founder of Stress Awareness Day, Fellow and Past President of the Professional Speaking Association, London.

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