30 March 2020 / 3:06 pm

Strength in Partnership

There is one thing that is certain in business, and that is change. What triggers that change can come from nowhere and in some cases, we don’t see it coming. In times of change often the businesses leaders are required to lead in very different ways from business as usual.

More than ever, teams look to their leaders as role models, not just for operational guidance, but also mental and emotional support.

When talking to you, our clients, over the last few weeks there have been some commonly occurring questions.

• How can I support our people’s health and wellbeing while keeping the team focused during these unsettled times?
• How do I effectively lead my team remotely?
• How do I plug skill gap shortages when I don’t want to commit to a full-time team member?

Here are some articles that we have found useful from The Guardian and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

Supporting Wellbeing of Your Team
Increased levels of anxiety and concern is normal in situations like this. We recommend encouraging your team to focus on their general health and wellbeing. Research shows that this can reduce stress while increasing energy. It also increases positivity, and people’s ability to care for those who need extra support at this time.

A little extra focus on wellbeing doesn’t need to be time consuming or costly.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing Model is a simple and effective tool to make a start.

It recommends the following areas of focus:

1. Connect.
Connect with the people around you. This doesn’t have to be face to face. Skype, phone, social media can also work.

2. Be Active.
Do what you can. Enjoy what you do. Move your mood.

3. Take Notice.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful.

4. Keep learning.
Try something new. Rediscover and old interest.

5. Give.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone.

A more targeted and personal approach to supporting wellbeing may be to spend time with a Wellness Coach. This is a professional who helps people assess their current physical and emotional state and guides them through the process of creating a vision for their health and wellbeing. The coach, individual or group can then work together to establish wellbeing goals, healthy habits and behaviours that will support the attainment of those goals.

Brannigans team member John Squire is a qualified coach with this expertise. He is available to assist our clients to support the wellbeing of their team.

Individual and group sessions can be conducted via video conference.

Leadership Support and Coaching
We will be sharing video ‘tips and tricks’ on how to lead your team from our team of experts over the coming weeks. Our coaches are available to provide any online or phone support as needed.

Flexible Contractor Support
Many of our clients are currently facing unparalleled disruption both positively and negatively. We can provide ’plug in’ resource whether it is a Recruitment Manager to gear up your workforce or a Financial Controller to help you navigate the current environment or anything in between.

Brannigans has a team of contractor’s ready to support your organisation both short or longer term.

Our Operations
The team at Brannigans are fully operational and delivering our range of services to our clients. Currently we are trialing a wellness team challenge app. All going to plan will launch this next week to our clients.

We are committed to respond to your business needs by providing great solutions. If you would like to discuss how we can support you drop us a line.

Nick, Sally and the Brannigans Team