We wouldn't train for a marathon for 12 hours a day as we know it's not physically good for us, so why do we do this to our brains? With the majority of people spending more time at work than with their family and friends, it is important for a worker's mindset that the right balance is created between work and life.
The overall cost of mental health to the UK economy is estimated at £70 billion per year. In 2013 alone, more than 15 million days of sickness absence across the UK were caused by everyday conditions such as stress, anxiety or depression - a dramatic increase from 11.8 million days in 2010.
Are these experiences from 2013 familiar? You arrive on a train and are greeted by a message warning of the penalties awaiting those with incorrect tickets; you arrive at a department store and notice a security guard; you are slightly behind with your Council tax payments and a top-hatted bailiff turns up on your doorstep.
Everything has been said, but we still wanted to add our voice to those who have been feting Nelson Mandela as the greatest
Defining leadership is as difficult today as it always has been - leaders come in many different forms, and the qualities associated with great generals, dignitaries, and directors are multitude and more to the point, subjective. For those seeking illumination, there's an abundance of management literature, advice, and case studies out there. However, there are certain traits and qualities that have served me well in my thirty-year career at DHL Express.
I was once brought in to 'tone down' the image of a very senior female executive in financial services (a job I turned down). Her appearance was deemed inappropriate -- perhaps her sharp dress intimidated her male colleagues.
With Wimbledon, the Tour De France and the Ashes all in the bag, not to mention the first US Open win for an Englishman in 43 years, it seems a good time to look at what business leaders can learn from some UK sporting supremos.
In my own experience, not all young people that I encounter from the millennial generation are actually brimming with self-assurance. Issues of self-esteem, anxiety, etc, are commonplace. That old demon: lack of confidence, holds some of them back.
Government must engage with these businesses to secure the future sustainable growth of our economy. These business leaders have weathered arguably the worst recession in the last century and come out as survivors. As one such business leader I feel it's high time that we focus on these 'champions' of industry,
I say ditch performance management systems. It's the most effective tool for driving mediocrity into a business that I know and if ever there were an example of 'Emperor's New Clothes' in business, this is it