Monthly Archives: April 2016

Perfectionism: Is It Holding Us Back?

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Our latest special event was a jam-packed interview with Tanya Curtis from behavioural specialist centre Fabic, and Parents@Work founder Emma Walsh. Tanya delivered so many pearls of wisdom in the one hour teleconference that we struggled to fit them all in here. If you like what you read below and wish to hear the full hour of content please contact us for the audio link.

So, perfectionism: is it really holding us back – as parents, employees and managers?

Perfectionism is quite often hidden and rarely spoken about. Some people don’t even know they display behaviours around perfectionism until another person points it out. But as Tanya highlighted everyone she has ever met has displayed perfectionism in some form or another. In this interview with Tanya we explore what perfectionism is, why we do it, what the implications of doing it are and how we can support ourselves (and others – including children and colleagues) in a very practical way to reduce it.

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True Wellbeing Starts With You – Event Review – Part 2

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Part 1 of our True Wellbeing review with wellbeing expert Katie Walls and Parents@Work founder Emma Walsh looked at where we are currently at with our relationship to wellbeing and self-care. In Part 2 we look at wellbeing in the workplace, how managers can support employees with self-care and how our families are impacted by our choices when we care for ourselves better.

Workplace wellbeing

E: “Absenteeism due to health care costs the economy billions and organisations and Government are grappling with how to manage good health and productivity of their employees. So if our workplaces are naturally busy and stressful how can we manage the stress?”

K: “We’re only able to impart what we are living ourselves. The best medicine is to live by example and being more open with how we’re feeling with things. Because if you’re a manager and feeling stressed the staff are going to be feeling that as well so bringing it back to being human and realising that there are tensions – both positive and negative.”

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True Wellbeing Starts With You – Event Review – Part 1

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Katie Walls - wellbeing expert, experienced health educator and wellbeing practitioner – works with busy working parents to prioritise and focus on wellness for both their family and themselves. This month she joined Parents@Work founder and director Emma Walsh for our special event True Wellbeing Starts With You.

To start with they looked at the importance of self-care as we juggle the demands of a busy life.

How does a woman who has worked a busy corporate career in HR, is raising three children, runs her own wellness clinic and is a regular speaker about wellness at events manage to prioritise herself and be well? Why is exhaustion and a sense of depletion common?

Katie explored the need for a ‘big picture’ look at wellbeing. As she suggested being and feeling well is not just about ‘not having a cold’ or ‘eating healthy and exercising regularly’, it incorporates so much more.

K: “A common area that gets ignored is our emotional wellbeing and relationships.”

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Tips for single working parents

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Single parent families are now the single fastest growing family type in Australia. It has been predicted that over the next 20 years, the numbers of one-parent families will soar by up to 70%. Single parents face different (not necessarily more) challenges to coupled parents. Their needs are unique. One of our working parents recently asked for some support in this area.

Here are some resources and tools offered by one of the single parents on our Parents@Work team…

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