People Matters Podcast

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This is the first episode of the People Matter(s) podcast. The host, Assata and the Executive Director of the sponsoring company, Dr. Elder comes together to tell you a bit about themselves, the company and the reason for the podcast.

Assata is a Personal Developmental Consultant, mother, wife and person with a keen interest/curiosity about people and how we function, consciously or unconsciously within our space. She worked in education all of her life.

Her academic background is in the social sciences – sociology, followed by a MSc. in Work and Organisational Psychology.

She is a trained Life/Career Coach and work with persons who desire personal upgrades in any area of their life and that are curious about themselves.

In this episode we look at the situation where arguments occur before heading to work. The negative impacts it can have on the participants during the course of the day and how it affects their performance in their profession. We also explore some solutions to the situation.

In this episode Clinical Director, Dr. Natalie Humphrey discusses the mindset surrounding habits and why we continue to make decisions that affect us negatively. She also gave some tips as to how we can take practical steps towards changing our behaviors.

When that time of the year comes both students and parents start to feel the heat of exam pressure. While some competitive spirit may be healthy, sometimes the balance tips, leaving both parents and their children anxious and stressed.

It is sadly the case that, despite all the attention paid to the problems in recent years, bullying and harassment are still happening in modern workplaces. No workplace is totally immune to the problems. They can occur in very macho organizational settings, in the caring professions or indeed anywhere where there are people working together. Unfortunately, many people are unsympathetic and do not realize how much harm bullying and harassment cause; they may dismiss them as unimportant concerns: ‘a load of fuss over nothing’.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future (

Reliance on alcohol, the use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription medication can all be highly problematic in the workplace. Simply dismissing people who exhibit such problems can mean the loss of valued employees who are going through a bad patch in their lives – a move that can prove quite costly in the long run – with the additional cost that others may perceive the organisation as uncaring and unsupportive of its staff. Such a perception may then lead to problems of recruitment and retention. But, if the problems of alcohol and drugs misuse in the workplace are not tackled, the cost to the organisation and its employees can be even greater. A good understanding of the issues involved is therefore an important thing to develop.