The start of March, has Spring arrived? It might not be officially here but it really feels like something has changed.
The start of this new month is halfway through my Hundred Acre year and just like buds and leaves, all sorts are starting to burst into life.
With all the storms, rain and dark that it includes, winter isn’t everyone’s favourite time of year. It is a season like all the others though and one that we have to go through. You can’t have summer if you don’t have winter and the continuous cycle through each phase is just the same as being in business.
All management systems go through a cycle of plan-do-check-act. You can’t have growth and moving forward if you don’t go through the slower, slightly quieter times of check and act. It really is just the same as those four seasons.
For me, the end of a month, quarter and change of season is a perfect time to reflect as well as then plan. Just like the rain and the dark if I only focused...
Last weekend Storm Ciara certainly made her presence known across the UK. One day as I was curled up safely at my desk, outside went from rain, to hail, to rain, to calm, to storm, to snow, to rain, to blue skies and back again. All in the space of a few hours!
While watching everything Ciara could throw at us, it made me think of what it’s like in the world I work in, as a H&S consultant or running a business and working for yourself. While things might not come at you with the speed of a storm, no two days are the same. I genuinely never know what is coming next. What I do know though are there are some skills I hold onto that make each day easier.
We all need different skills, skills that generally fit into three categories.
For some, January can be longest, most miserable month. Never-ending dark, grey days; where the money doesn’t reach past new year let alone the end of the month.
This year, honestly, it’s been a different story for us. This January we are struggling to comprehend it’s the end of the month, the days and weeks have flown by!
Here, Bridget explains all in her own words x
2020 and the start of a new decade. Just as the last few months of 2019 were so different to a few months earlier, January has moved to new places again. 2020 has already bought change, growth, excitement and one dramatic break that could have been very different.
Change can be so many things. It can bring pain and uncertainty but it can also be empowering. That’s what January has been for me.
I have just completed my first month of a new contract as an interim Head of EHS. Most of the week I’m on site, managing a team as part of the senior leadership team and all that brings with it. I am...
The start of each year brings around anniversaries and birthdays and this week there are more than one in our world to celebrate.
The biggest being the day that remembers Alan Alexander Milne, born on 18th January 1882 and better know as A A Milne. The creator of Winnie-the-Pooh and Hundred Acre; the world that inspired our own.
Each January as this day comes around, starting to write this post, Bridget smiles to herself. Little did she know the impact this world was going to have on hers. From a childhood nickname, the love of the characters and the stories and adventures they have inspired since. It continues every day.
Our last blog post reflected on the end of the decade, being inspired by A A Milne’s characters and what they can teach us about health and safety – and that started something.
We have realised since that our favourite characters can teach us so much more. Over recent years, thanks to the work we do, to a number of events and working with a business...
As we’ve been taking a look back at 2019 we can’t ignore that it’s also the end of the decade. Hundred Acre was in full swing when it started and thankfully is going strong as it comes to an end. There might have been interesting moments but we are very proud of such an achievement.
Hundred Acre has gone through a number of changes but the one we love most is being Everyone’s Safe Place. It has always been Bridget’s safe place and the more people she met and spoke to, she aspired for it to be everyone’s. It kind of stuck and has grown into just that and we are excited to see where it evolves to next.
Bridget always says no two days are ever the same – from risk assessing open heart surgery, to all the adventures – the number of Starbucks mugs she has now, show how many of those there have been. From speaking at conferences, the volunteering, and to Bridget reaching the pinnacle of her profession with both Fellowship and a term as VP;...
Wherever you are, whatever your plans and whomever you share this holiday season with, have a wonderful time.
From Bridget and all of us in this corner of Hundred Acre, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Hundred Acre – Everyone’s Safe Place
It’s already mid December and in our little corner of Hundred Acre we cannot believe how quickly we are hurtling towards the end of the year and also to the end of the decade. It is usual at this time for us to start to reflect on the year and for 2019 it is no different. This year though, in blogs over the next few weeks, we are reflecting on the best bits of the year and the decade, and also those that weren’t quite so good.
Today, while many are thinking Christmas jumper day; for us as it’s Friday 13th, we thought we would take this blog to ponder the moments from the year that stand out for slightly more nightmare reasons.
Looking back with the wonder of hindsight it is clear that just because something didn’t go to plan it often ends up not actually being bad. It can frequently be where the greatest lessons can be learned. This year was certainly no different.
While it would be possible to dwell on so many things there are really only a couple worth...
Are you a little bah humbug or bouncing around like Tigger? With Halloween, Remembrance and Thanksgiving behind us; and seeing decorations and lights appearing everywhere we travel, there’s no avoiding it…. It’s almost Christmas!
Every year we get more amazed by how quickly the months fly by and this year is no different. This year it’s not only the end of the year, it’s the end of the decade too. More on that to come another time.
As we do every year, it’s time to remember those few things to stay safe through the festive season. We always find it sobering to remember it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for some and as accident numbers rise through December it can be a difficult time for many reasons. Just like each time the clocks change, here in our Hundred Acre world we want to do all we can to keep everyone safe at work and at home.
Lots of people love real Christmas trees, we certainly do. Remember...
Writing this, we are in the midst of big changes. Our country is on the brink of enormous changes with Brexit on the horizon and people across the globe are protesting about changes we need to make to protect our environment. We never know quite what the future holds, but one change we can always plan for is the change of seasons. This weekend the clocks go back, shortening our days. The leaves on the trees turn to their beautiful autumnal shades before falling, signalling the beginning of winter.
At this time of year, weather conditions start to worsen, and combined with a lack of light and frosty starts, it’s no surprise that there can be an increase in accidents.
At Hundred Acre we’ve worked with clients who’ve had an increase in accidents during the week after the clocks change. Because of the limited light at both ends of the day, it’s not uncommon for staff to fall over outside or for accidents to happen. As the clocks go back, it’s an ideal time...
Mental health is something we all have and here at Hundred Acre we think about it a lot. Even writing this post we have been aware of the emotions it creates and the vulnerabilities we all carry.
Today we want to encourage everyone to think about themselves and those around them and have the conversations many are too scared to have. Mental health is no longer something to hide and the more we talk and share the less the impact of it on everyone.
Whatever it is in your world that causes concern you are never alone. If you don’t have someone sat next to you there are so many resources available to all of us not least here at Hundred Acre. The more Bridget shares her story the more people reach out with their own. Sometimes it’s hard to listen, but realising the difference it makes personally, she is always happy to do so.
Whatever you do today, tomorrow, or any other day – just reach out.
Here are some resources we thought might help:
Samaritans – 116 123...