Do whatever makes you comfortable. Personally I feel uncomfortable trying to avoid talking about my life outside at work so an initial uncomfortable conversation (which probably is only uncomfortable for you!) means a more enjoyable experience at work. Don’t force yourself or let others push for you to do anything, do whatever you feel in yourself is what will make you most comfortable and therefore allow you to perform at your best.Read More
It’s vital that every member of staff – whether they identify themselves as LGBT, male, female, old, young etc – brings the best of themselves to work. It is essential to actively and consistently source ideas that help to innovate and differentiate us in a competitive market and if people feel excluded or isolated, it’s likely that their creativity and expression will be suppressed as a result of that.
I came from a very, very, poor working class family, a broken home. I was the youngest of 6; an absent mother and a father who preferred the company of a publican to the company of his children. Studying wasn’t a chore for me – it was a necessity, an escape as I was going to university. I needed to study. I had no parental financing for university...…I worked in a supermarket to raise funds. I financed myself with government support and bank loans and four years later I beat many “elite” students to secure one of six Graduate trainee spots with the RSA in 1995.
So what advice would I give a younger me? Understanding my history, I’d probably get pretty choked and say “You are doing just fine Andrew….stay focused, crack on and never look back”.Read More