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My Learning Year

Lots of people have predicted that pub quizzes of the future are going to be very easy. For every ‘In what year...?’ question, just say 2016, and the chances are, your answer will be correct.
I think most of the people I know are pretty much agreed that 2016 has been an awful year, and it may well be the precursor to several miserable years to follow - for world politics, stability and economies. I have to confess that a lot of the time, I just don’t know what to think in this era of information overload, post truth and fake news. Am I wrong to put some things into the ‘too difficult’ box? Does that make me a bad person? I could go on at length about this, and just succeed in tying myself up in knots.
So, what can I do? What can we do? Lots of little things, acts of kindness and generosity, taking care to do the things you do have control over carefully and thoughtfully, sharing… I thought it might be good to reflect on what I have learned this year, positively, and to share this using …

The HR Car Park

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This is a blog about inter-professional envy, wishful thinking and possible unrealistic, if not downright fanciful, aspirations.
A few weeks ago, our Estates and Facilities Director pressed the start button for car park expansion works to begin. There had been a certain amount of trepidation leading up to this point, and a fair bit of dread about disruption during the works. I certainly felt this personally. A commute of 1 hour and 10 minutes at best (not enough hours in the day to accommodate public transport if I want to have a job and a life) had meant anxiety for the final stretch. Would I be able to park when I arrived? Would my working day start well, therefore? Or would I feel flustered (no spaces) and take some time to feel that I’d got off the back foot before I felt fully functional and productive?
To his eternal credit, the works went really smoothly. The contractors delivered on time, work was phased, disruption was minimal and my colleague communicated exactly what was happ…