Are your expectations, hope and optimism not helping you?

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I was chatting with my mum recently (who lives in Queensland) and she asked me how I was doing. Oddly, I found it hard to respond. I wasn’t feeling bad or dreadfully unhappy during Melbourne’s lockdown number 6, nor was I feeling happy. Instead, it was a weird kind of feeling of nothingness (not a word […]

CEO Magazine: Workplace expert’s advice to eliminating the unproductive mid-year slump

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In this article on CEO Magazine, Michelle Gibbings explains the simplest ways to hack your deflated work ethic back into action. Getting up and going can be hard on those cold, dark wintry days, and your productivity can wane to the detriment of your employer, or worse, your own business. A range of studies has […]

What are you missing from work?

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When you ask people what they miss about working from home, it’s not the commute or the need to get dressed up. What they miss are the connection and interactions. The banter. The laughs. The conversations with their friends at work. Yes, not just their work colleagues, but their friends. On this, the International Day […]

The AM Show: How to avoid workplace drama

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Michelle had a fabulous conversation with Duncan and the NZ AM morning show crew talking about workplace drama. How do you stay out of the office drama and build great working relationships? Thanks to The AM Show team for having Michelle on.    

What are you chasing?

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It’s been one of those days where your working day doesn’t seem to work anymore. It may be because your boss is getting increasingly difficult. Perhaps your colleagues are driving you nuts, or you are just bored and ready for something else. When you reach this point, you’ll often get the well-intentioned but not so […]

Are you pulling in the right direction?

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In recent weeks I’ve noticed the pace of life picking back up, and I’ve felt myself resisting the pullback to the pre-COVID life where there was always too much to do. Too many places to be. Too many things to try and squeeze into one day. As a friend commented recently, “During COVID lockdowns, where […]

Are you assuming the worst?

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Putting on someone else’s shoes never seems like an inviting task. They may be too big, too small, too smelly or just not to your liking. Many years ago, at a team offsite, this is precisely what my team colleagues and I were asked to do. We had to take off our shoes and then […]

New Idea: 5 sure-fire ways to avoid job burnout

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Burnout is on the rise and it’s felt by many workers in today’s workforce. Michelle was invited by New Idea Magazine to contribute her thoughts in this article, on ways to avoid burnout at work. In the face of shrinking job stability, mounting workloads, fewer resources to complete work and less work­ life balance, it’s […]

The unexpected benefits of the detour

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In the Lewis Carrol book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice follows the White Rabbit and falls down a rabbit hole, which is the start of a series of adventures. If you recall the story, you’ll know that at one point she comes across the Cheshire Cat in the woods and inquires:       “Would […]

Thrive Global: It’s time to punctuate

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Published in Thrive Global, in this article Michelle suggests now is the time to punctuate as it’s easy to stop noticing what’s around you, which is why consciously punctuating your day matters. There’s plenty of books on happiness – The Art of Happiness, Authentic Happiness, Stumbling on Happiness, The Happiness Advantage, The Happiness Project – […]