Let’s keep the conversation going…

A few weeks ago, we shared a blog based on the hard topic of bullying. We have been overwhelmed by the response to the post, the calls and messages we have received from people who have read it and the conversations it has provoked.

Through conversations, training, and sadly through experience we are heartbreakingly aware how prevalent bullying is in our world.

This week Hundred Acre’s Founder Bridget Gilmour was back training and the conversation of workplace bullying was there once more. Sharing her own story again the reaction from delegates was not something she expected. The delegates shared that they had lost one of their own colleagues. Bullying in his world got so bad he took his own life in a horrific way.

Since that conversation, others have also shared the harsh reality. From working in the hotel industry and how frequently they have to deal with suicides in their rooms, the stories in the media again and then the bullying we have sadly witnessed ourselves.

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September Memories

hundred acre Sep 24, 2020

I love this time of year, September brings a sense of newness and a sense of change at the same time. My timeline of memories is filled with adventures and every day they never fail to make me smile.

This September is a little different to those that have gone before.

September Memories

September is always the time I head off to conference, and today is a significant one to ponder and reflect on what might have been.

Twelve years ago I had just arrived home from my first CSSE conference and resigned my job. One year ago I presented my Hundred Acre world in the home of the bear that inspired it all. And if 2020 had gone as planned, today would have been the most likely day that I would have been getting on a plane and heading for Newfoundland. For all my trips to Canada that is a part of the beautiful country that I haven’t yet been to and for now has to stay on the list to visit a little longer.

Looking back

This year is the first year since 2005 that I haven’t gone...

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Time flies…

hundred acre Sep 15, 2020

Midweek, mid-month – Oh my, how did we get to September 16? This last month has gone so quickly in my Hundred Acre world, time is flying.

A change of season

September is always a time of year that I love. The days are jumping between an Indian summer and a change of season. Back to school brings with it lots of feelings of new and traditionally there would be a very big trip.

The later might not be happening this year but there is still an awful lot going on in my world.

What have I been up to?

This last few weeks I have been supporting clients as they try to get people back into their offices. Training enquiries are starting to appear again, even potentially face-to-face.

My Tropic team continues to grow and after the excitement of the incentive window, the new range of products are launched this weekend.

And, I am loving working through my course and my first coaching clients are signed up too.

I am very, very thankful I now have a life that I am no longer trying to run away...

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A Day to Celebrate!

hundred acre Aug 17, 2020

August 18th is a very significant day for me. It’s a day to celebrate!

On this day, twelve years ago my Hundred Acre world was incorporated. A world that has evolved and changed and honestly – it has changed enough in the last twelve weeks and months. Let alone all those twelve years.

Hundred Acre Safety, became Hundred Acre and ‘my safe place’ is evolving into ‘everyone’s safe place’.

Reflecting

Looking back there is so much of 2012 I really don’t remember. I’m thinking that is actually a good thing in so many ways as none of us, not least me, are going back.

I do know I was unhappy, I know I couldn’t get another job to get away from one that didn’t light me up. I also know that when the seed of working for myself was sown, I was scared. There were times that the prospect of working for myself scared me so much I just cried. And cried and cried and cried…

In the end though, what was far more scary than working...

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Gratitude and Excitement

hundred acre Aug 06, 2020

Are you grateful for all you have or do you pine for what you haven’t? Do you wish you could shift your perspective and focus to gratitude and excitement?

Every august makes me reflect. It’s the last month of my financial year and more years than not, I end up being been amazed I have made it that far. In many ways 2020 is no different, when lockdown began I admit I did panic for the unknown. But now… I have noticed something dramatic has happened.

The focus of my world has really shifted!

My refections no longer come from fear, frustration and negativity. They come from gratitude and excitement in equal measure for all that is happening in my world.

Gratitude

I really have loved this last 12 months. Surrounded by some wonderful people, working with the most amazing clients, and being thanked for what I have done. That didn’t always happen…

I have loved the time and space recent months have given me. While the reasons for it are heartbreaking, my...

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When Things Don’t Quite Go To Plan

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2020

As hard as we all work to prevent harm; there are occasions that things don’t quite go to plan.

In over 20 years as a consultant there have been times my role has been to support others when things have gone wrong. While for one client I used to monitor every accident they reported; I am thankful that the time’s I have supported clients with serious life changing incidents or worse have actually been very few.

Something recently has reminded my of those times and I wont’t lie, it can be a hard job to do.

While the support given is appreciated and there is a real feeling of satisfaction for helping people, you cannot ignore the sadness and difficulties that people are facing.

Lessons learned

Whether it is the teams I support or my own actions; there are lessons to learn.

  • Keep talking

The worst thing you can do is to pretend it hasn’t happened. While you need to remember there are investigations to complete and you don’t want gossip to fly. You also...

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Returning to Normal?

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2020

Normal? Is there any such thing? I don’t think there is.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, the chances are your world is different to last week, last month, the start of 2020 and a year ago.

For Bridget, change is inevitable and a lot of the time it’s also a good thing too.

In 2020 my business has changed and they way I do what I love has too, but one thing stands out. It’s about looking after people.

Managing change

We can not control all of the change happening around us and it’s almost a daily thing for now. However we can do everything possible to look after ourselves, the ones we love and our colleagues.

More and more businesses are opening their premises and offices. Many people are now used to working from home and are likely to do so for the foreseeable future, but not everyone has embraced working remotely. And not everyone has the ability to do so. Every business needs to consider what they can do to look after people, whatever changes...

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Reflection, 2020 so far…

hundred acre Jun 18, 2020

June is the centre of our year. Traditionally a time focused on celebration and the events our year revolves around. 2020, this year, it’s a little bit different.

For some this year the world has fallen apart and it’s a disaster. For others it’s a year where everything is falling into place and actually falling together. As we reach the longest day, Bridget looks back on the first half of the year.

From Bridget

At New Year, with a new 12 months stretching ahead, the first six were mapped out. I was really excited to have so much ahead. With so much in the diary what was ahead felt like a period of stability.

Within a few short days my plans changed somewhat abruptly. A trip to A&E and a broken toe didn’t stop me, but it certainly slowed my pace. Next my contract unexpectedly ended, and then – Covid. Suddenly my diary was empty and every prospect was on hold.

Lockdown

The first few weeks of lockdown with no work, no income and no financial...

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Returning to Work – 10 Questions

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2020

After months of lockdown, as the world opens up, there are very mixed feelings for some. Returning to school or work there is no denying the world has changed and the procedures we have in place need to too.

People are asking for help to understand what they need to do, does that sound familiar to you?

The Government, the HSE and lots of industry specific organisations have shared guidance about returning to work and we have been asked by many for some form of checklist. As no two workplaces the same and there are so many areas to consider we have created a few questions to ponder as you go through the steps of returning to work.

You can get a copy of our ten questions to help support you to get back to work and stay safe here – 10 Questions

If you need help, if you are looking for support, or you can’t see the wood for the trees and would like someone to work with you – get in touch.

Hundred Acre – Everyone’s Safe Place

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Getting Back to Work

Uncategorized May 27, 2020

June is fast approaching and there are more and more conversations happening about getting back to work.

Over the last few months life has changed. That’s not meant to sound harsh, it is simply reality. Businesses opening up again won’t be going back to the way they worked before. Adjustments need to be made.

How are you and your staff feeling about getting going again?

This week there is lots of guidance being shared and there are simple steps to consider and follow. So many of these steps are similar to the principles we follow for health and safety all the time. Thinking about risk is key, understand what the risks are and then about how to control them. Follow that by sharing your findings where needed.

Official guidance that has been released starts with retail but no doubt, other sectors will soon follow.

If you need help, if you are looking for support, or you can’t see the wood for the trees and would like someone to work with you – get in touch.

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