Katie Maycock

Katie Maycock

Anxiety and Digestive Health Specialist

“I spent eighteen years of my life living with anxiety. I called it various things such as eating disorders, personality traits, digestive issues, fear, and/or life. Not once did I acknowledge I was stressed or that I had anxiety.

I spent my early twenties working in corporate sales as a Type A individual that couldn’t get enough of the fast pace industry that I worked in. I utilized the adrenaline I had pumping through me and only saw how it was positive. I Got My Act Together in my late twenties and started evaluating everything in my life. Work, lifestyle and health. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was frustrated by never having an answer.

After years of denying the effects that stress and anxiety had on my body, I made learning about it my sole focus. I looked at how I viewed work, relationships, diet, exercise, and life in general. There was work to be done.

I spent the next few years developing and refining techniques to help break the cycle of stress and anxiety. I created practical tools that, to this day, help keep stress and anxiety to a minimum. My health has done a complete 180. Now my goal is to give back.

I work closely with corporate companies, individuals and private groups helping them recognize their cycle of stress and anxiety. I help them break that cycle and get their health back.”


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Three Mega Trends to Watch For in 2019

Three Mega Trends to Watch For in 2019

Maybe it’s the changing of the seasons. Maybe it’s the inevitability of the rapidly evolving world we live in. But, each year, I spend a good amount of time with colleagues thinking about how the major economic, sociological, technological, and cultural trends we are experiencing will impact us, our leaders, our employees, and HR professionals in the coming year.

We like to explore multiple topics, always looking at issues through the lens of putting people first. Through these discussions, we extend and expand the ideas until we see emerging patterns everywhere we look. The value of analogous fields is never lost in this process, as we gather innovative and nascent solutions to the problems posed by these trends in unexpected industries and contexts.

Throughout 2018, our team focused on artificial intelligence, in particular “People First” AI, hyper-personalization and its necessity in leadership, and humanizing work with breakthrough diversity and inclusion initiatives. The growing research and attention paid to these topics by organizations globally has certainly advanced our understanding of these trends and has brought new solutions to the market from Ultimate Software and others.

So, we turn now to what 2019 will bring us.

The three mega trends below are not brand-new concepts, but they will take on a critical urgency in 2019 due to a convergence of technological, economic, and socio-cultural factors.


Well-being at Work

With the dizzying pace of change and the mind-blowing exponential growth of data and technology available to us showing no signs of letting up, we are all facing new levels of overload. The impact of this overload is manifesting itself in unanticipated ways. Our emotional, social, and physical well-being at work is directly impacted by the stressors associated with overload, and organizations will struggle to help employees cope and, more importantly, thrive in such environments without a new approach. Far beyond wellness programs, organizations will have to explore creative new workspace concepts, design work with overall employee well-being in mind, and offer transformative technologies to help monitor and change employee behavior. In addition, the work of inclusion and belonging will take on even greater importance for business success. 


Preparing People for the Future of Work

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Yet, when we bring it up and read about it, it’s generally in terms of job loss due to AI and automation, the primary drivers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The urgency in 2019 comes from the fact that, to date, we have done more talking and less doing – and action is needed before we reach a global skills crisis. HR and business leaders have done little to prepare people for the future of work by systematically and intentionally reskilling and upskilling them.

The future workforce is a blended one, with humans and machines working side by side. We cannot leave the future success of our businesses to chance, yet that is precisely what many organizations are doing by leaving reskilling entirely up to employees. We must ensure employees’ voices are heard throughout this daunting learning process, and every employee should contribute to defining their development paths, but not without guidance and support from their employers. The shift has to start with understanding a new hierarchy of needs for employees, in which we deeply understand their motivations and dreams and actively include them in their future performance development – all of which result in helping drive better performance for organizations.


Creating the Connected, Collaborative Enterprise

The third major force impacting our workplaces and workforces is the Internet of Things(IoT). The IoT manifests itself differently in the workplace compared with in our private lives, with our smart lights, thermostats, and connected kitchens. At work, we have new opportunities to create a highly connected and collaborative enterprise. With the IoT at work – smart work apps that might recognize when praise is given and record it, smart meeting spaces and wearable devices that pick up on stress and stressors – we can elevate the traditional employee and manager self-service models to completely new levels (at last) and transform the Digital Employee Experience into an insightful and interactive one.

With data democratization that both fosters higher levels of trust between employees and employers while enabling people to make better and smarter decisions for the enterprise and themselves, organizational outcomes will improve. We must also be aware of and balance the ethics of capturing new kinds of interaction data and the flow of information that moves between and within the connected and collaborative enterprise in the era of boundary-less organizations. It will be crucial to ensure we respect how people work and honor their private data while helping them thrive.

While these mega trends are not entirely new to the world of work and HR, they have certainly not been addressed to the extent they need to be to ensure our people can maximize their contributions to our organizations while achieving more meaningful levels of professional and personal growth and success.

For the sake of our organizations and, above all, our people, let’s make 2019 the year that changes it all!


Source : http://www.humanresourcestoday.com/?open-article-id=9078175&article-title=three-mega-trends-to-watch-for-in-2019&blog-domain=ultimatesoftware.com&blog-title=ultimate-software

Weekly Market Summary – 14th October 2018

Weekly Market Summary – 14th October 2018

Sean Burgess | PraxisIFM Asset Manager and Co-Founder Emirates HR

With the S&P 500 falling over 5 percent across Wednesday and Thursday – the largest two-day decline since February. Several compounding issues decreased investor confidence, including the US trade conflict with China and signs of weakness in the global economy. US stocks are down significantly from recent highs, with the small-cap Russell 2000 approaching correction territory.


Identified by a fall of 20 percent from a recent high, due partly to the global rout but also the government’s refusal to compromise on their budget deficit plans that have been widely criticised by EU officials. Other European benchmarks suffered similar losses throughout the week with France’s CAC 40 and Germany’s DAX 30 down 5 percent a piece, whilst the FTSE 100 dropped 4.4 percent.


As measured by the blue-chip Nikkei 225 Stock Average which is down 7 percent from the 27-year high it set at the start of the month. The largest declines came from companies with the greatest exposure to China, with technology and industrials falling the most. On a positive note, investors believe that the third quarter earnings season will produce strong results across the economy.


The first loss in five weeks, with Brent crude temporarily dipping below $80 a barrel midweek – although the global benchmark recovered to settle at $80.43. Like most assets, oil was caught up in the sell-off with concerns of the global economy creating uncertainty about future energy consumption. Affirming these fears, both OPEC and the IEA lowered their global demand forecasts for this year and next.

In other financial news:
  • Brazilian shares rise on election outcome, with the Ibovespa index up over percent on Monday, after Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the first round of voting.
  • Turkey’s inflation-fighting plan disappoints, with investors concerned that ‘encouraging’ retailers to reduce prices by 10 percent will hurt corporate profits.
  • Venezuela’s inflation rate hits 488,865 percent, in the 12 months ending in September, as the oil-rich nation’s economic collapse creates severe hyperinflation.
  • Prince Alwaleed’s net worth falls 58 percent, down to $15.2 billion, after Saudi Arabia’s richest man’s stake in Kingdom Holdings fell 70 percent from its 2014 high.
10 Tips for Staying Happy at Work

10 Tips for Staying Happy at Work

Before you start looking for greener career pastures, try these tips for maintaining a happy outlook on the job.


If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don’t immediately go looking for the first exit ramp off of your chosen career path. The Balance Team, which specializes in professional- and personal-growth seminars for administrative and executive assistants in Fortune 1000 companies, suggests these 10 tips for staying content at work:


1. Keep Personal Problems Personal

When you’re preoccupied with personal issues, it’s difficult to concentrate or be happy at work, says Alison Rhodes, a founding partner of The Balance Team. By all means, make sure you have your kids covered in the event of an emergency, but realize that nobody’s personal life is ever going to be completely problem-free. Just as you need to let go of work to enjoy your time at home, it’s important to leave personal worries at home so you can focus and be productive at work.


2. Create an Office Nest

“You are at your job for at least eight hours a day, which is more time than you probably spend in your bed,” says Jennifer Star, a founding partner of The Balance Team. “Make your space your own, decorate your area as much as your company policy permits, and make yourself as comfortable and relaxed as you can be in your office.


3. Develop an Office Support System

“Gathering a circle of colleagues who share similar backgrounds or lifestyles can take a lot of pressure off you at work,” says Rhodes. “When you are able to voice your feelings to people who understand, it can really help minimize stress.


4. Eat Healthy and Drink Lots of Water

“Maintaining a good diet and keeping yourself properly hydrated throughout your workday can really make a big difference in your energy level and attitude,” says Shirly Weiss, a certified holistic health and nutritional counselor and consulting expert for The Balance Team. “And if you can manage to maintain a diet of whole foods, as opposed to refined foods such as sugar and bread, then you’ll really be ahead of the game.


5. Be Organized

Create a manageable schedule to handle your workload, suggests Stacy Raden, a founding partner of The Balance Team. “A sense of empowerment stems from accomplishment,” she says. “When you feel overwhelmed, it tends to intensify dissatisfaction. By being proactive and taking control, employees can feel a sense of satisfaction, enhanced confidence and motivation.


6. Move Around

“Working in an office can be a very sedentary job, so it’s especially important to your overall sense of health and happiness to take a few minutes during your workday to get up and move a little,” says Jason Bergund, founding director of Dancetherapy, a dance class, and a consulting expert for The Balance Team.


7. Don’t Try to Change Your Coworkers

“You can’t change anyone; you can only change the way you react to them,” says Star. “Don’t let other people’s actions affect you. Just figure out a way to resolve conflicts and avert uncomfortable situations.”


8. Reward Yourself

Identify a reward outside of your job, and indulge yourself, says Raden. Whether it be dinner with friends, a movie, exercise or a manicure, treat yourself every once in awhile. Just as stress from home can interfere with work, the positive aspects of your life can influence mood at work as well.


9. Take a Breather

“In yoga, we practice the breath of joy, in which we inhale a long breath and then exhale laughter,” says Sarah Schain, founding director of Yoga Tales studios for children and a consulting expert for The Balance Team. Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Inhale deeply, then exhale laughter and bend forward. Try to do this movement 10 times.


10. Focus on the Positive

“Identify the things that you like at work, even if they are as simple as your coworkers or the nice view from your office window,” says Raden. “You create your own mind-set. If you stress the positives, you will make your job more enjoyable. Worrying about the negatives may cause you to become overwhelmed.”


Source : https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/ten-tips-for-staying-happy-at-work

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