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There’s over 145 articles and counting - covering a broad range of topics across coaching, training and personal development and more. Written to be concise and actionable, they’ll give you takeaways after just a few minutes of your time.

How to protect and communicate your time boundaries

Many of the stressful situations we get ourselves into happen because we don’t have as good a grasp of our time boundaries as we thought - if we’d even considered them at all. As a consequence, interactions with others can end up being frustrating and unfulfilling, and what we really want to achieve doesn’t get done. Sound familiar?


Are these Magnificent Seven Time Wasters fuelling your burnout?

Could it be that predictions about the end of office life have been a little premature? New YouGov research shows a sizeable percentage of the UK wants a return to office life just as it used to be before the pandemic. With lockdown restrictions lifting, the topic of exactly where we’ll soon be working and how much time we spend there is very much a current talking point.


Are these Magnificent Seven Time Wasters fuelling your burnout?

We are all trying to manage and deliver more, at work and at home. With so many demands on our time, it can be difficult to know how to ensure everything receives adequate attention. Invariably something crashes. Increasingly as we cope with the fallout from the pandemic, the risk is it’ll be us.


What leaders can do to support workplace mental health

Mental health and wellbeing are now urgent leadership priorities. Failure to tackle the problems caused by the pandemic isn’t an option for any organisation that wants to do the right thing for its people and also remain productive. With growing incidents of workplace stress, burnout, isolation and loss of engagement, every organisation will have encountered at least some of these issues first hand.


Organisational structure, culture and leadership

The arrival of Covid-19 transformed far more than our workplaces in 2020 and is thought to have brought forward remote working by 10 years - all in a matter of a few weeks. As the year went on, we waited for the ‘new normal’ to arrive - and we’re arguably still waiting. In the process, much changed about the way we now work. What started in 2020 was barely the tip of the iceberg.


Mental health and employee wellbeing

The Covid-19 pandemic dramatically altered the blog content covered by Monkey Puzzle across 2020. Many of our additional articles addressed the impact of the virus on the mental health of the workforce, and with good reason. It affected everyone, at all levels, both inside and outside of work.


Illustration of female with anxiety at work

Even before the outbreak of Covid-19 and the global pandemic, workplace anxiety was gaining recognition as a significant issue for organisations to manage. Mental health charity MIND reported that 1 in 6 workers are dealing with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, or stress. These conditions can stop people from performing at their best if employers don’t take steps to understand and manage the issues.


Illustration on managing technical and innovative teams

For a sector so dependent on the productivity and engagement of its people, the tech sector has always been at the centre of a paradox - technical people aren’t known for being natural people managers. As a tech leader that puts you at disadvantage, especially when there’s a huge amount resting on getting the best from your people.


Illustration of Head with coaching

Coaching is such a broadly used term it’s hard for people selecting coaching or experiencing coaching to know what to look for - or for some to understand why they are receiving it. Indeed, when we are training coaches, they often report experiencing mixed reactions from the people they are commissioned to work with. Some feel pleased about being coached, others less so.


Illustration of production line of creatives

Every leader or business owner wants to see more productivity, but there’s no set formula for achieving it. Productivity comes from a blend of an engaging culture, effective relationships, and being able to manage both time and stress. What’s more, creative people tend to need to be together to collaborate - and that’s something remote working has largely prevented these past few months.


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