By Phil Parker, stress expert & founder of The Lightning Process
Burnout in the workplace is on the rise and with workers undergoing increasing pressures in the current culture of doing more with less,Phil Parker, the author, health visionary and founder of The Lightning Process and one of the world’s leading experts of stress and burnout has shared his expertise on burnout, the telltale signs and how businesses could help to prevent it from happening.
According to the Labour Force Survey, in 2015/2016 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health, with the main work factors cited as causing work related stress, depression or anxiety being workload pressures, including tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support.
Phil’s hugely successful, game-changing P4 programme, which is adapted from The Lightning Process, has been going into businesses across the UK and helping business leaders implement pre-emptive processes in the workplace to prevent burnout amongst their workforce.
Phil Parker said “Business can still do a lot to prevent burnout, it’s not too late to nip it in the bud.There are ways to build resilience and peak performance, with huge benefits to businesses who look after staff mental wellbeing. Approaching the problem pre-emptively will hugely future-proof against lost productivity in the corporate world.Preventative support still needs more investment by businesses, not just for the direct benefit of middle management, but for the C-suite also.”
Mark O’Connor, Former CEO Documedia PLC & Strategic Change Consultant experienced life-changing results after suffering from burnout and exhaustion “I’ve found Phil Parker’s approach to peak performance and business success to be insightful, practical and powerful in changing one’s business.”
Stress, Burnout and Causes:
Stress is a completely natural response to any threat and produces a very particular set of changes in our body. This means a body responds in a very similar way to getting sunburnt, drinking too much, interviews, exams and traumatic events. It switches on a particular part of the nervous system and produces adrenaline, which makes us think, run and act fast, and increase our heart and breathing rates as well as blood pressure.
But the longer we stay stressed, don’t sleep enough or eat properly, then the more likely it is that stress will grow, and possibly even spiral. Luckily the body has a good system for reducing stress quickly, called the parasympathetic nervous system, which we can learn to switch on whenever we need to calm down.
Although our body thrives on short bursts of stress and activity, it also gets depleted by long term or repetitive exposure to stresses. This is because stress and pressure switch on certain hormone systems that powerfully change how our body works. This is fine in the short term, but in the long term, stress has a damaging effect on a number of body systems including our digestion, sleep, reproductive and immune system and even our ability to think clearly.
Burnout – The Telltale Signs
Burnout is increasingly common, fuelled by longer hours, tighter deadlines, smaller budgets and ‘always on’ communication that reduces real downtime.
As burnout can lead to poor performance, long term illness, ulcers, chronic pain, failed relationships, depression, reliance on alcohol and other drugs. Many people just about keep it together and don’t discuss their sleep, digestion, health or mental health issues at work, and so the warning signs go unnoticed, often disguised by over-the-counter pills, prescribed or illicit drugs or a stiff upper lip. But unfortunately the body can only take so much, and if the situation is not resolved, it will eventually crumble and breakdown. Here are the telltale signs:
- Poor sleep
- Unsettled digestion
- Heart racing and high blood pressure
- Constantly thinking about work when at home
- Being snappy, irritable, moody
- Never having enough time for work deadlines, projects, family or one’s self
- Poor concentration
- Little social interaction
The P4 Programme & what can businesses can do to prevent burnout:
Phil Parker says “Forward thinking businesses can create environments where they recognise the value of a healthy and happy workforce, and the cost of sickness and churning staff. They can encourage a climate of it being ok and important to take breaks and ask for support and, they can also find ways to reduce some of the pressure. Businesses should increase useful support and training programmes so that their workforce can continue to work together healthily and successfully from the boardoom down.”
Phil Parker’s P4 programme combines the latest innovations in NLP, coaching and neuroscience and is
based on the globally successful Lightning Process, which celebrated its 18th anniversary last month.It provides effective and rapid solutions for burnout and pre-burnout to enhance performance in today’s high pressure environments. P4 teaches the secrets of how to recognise when they are operating in a less than useful way, and to then instead instantly switch into their best self, activating great decision-making, sharp levels of clarity, a powerful ability to motivate themselves and others, as well as excellence in communication.
About Phil Parker:
Phil Parker is an internationally renowned health visionary, humanitarian, PHD researcher, therapist, lecturer and author who founded The Lightning Process in 1999, 18 years ago. Phil has been lecturing in NLP, Self-hypnosis and Hypnosis, Life Coaching and Osteopathy, at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, since the late 1980s. He is the Principal of the Phil Parker Training Institute, where he researches and designs programmes and trains students. People from all over the world and all walks of life, including actors, celebrities, leaders in business and sports personalities have flocked to the Lightning Process, a high percentage of them have successfully overcome their issues, thereby transforming their lives. Over 20,000 people around the world have had their lives transformed by The Lightning Process – it has been beneficial for persistent health conditions such as insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, acute pain as well as mental health related conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, phobias, OCD, eating disorders, even addictions, and draws upon osteopathy, life coaching and NLP.
UK delays review of business rates tax until autumn
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance ministry said it would delay publication of its review of business rates – a tax paid by companies based on the value of the property they occupy – until the autumn when the economic outlook should be clearer.
Many companies are demanding reductions in their business rates to help them compete with online retailers.
“Due to the ongoing and wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic and economic uncertainty, the government said the review’s final report would be released later in the year when there is more clarity on the long-term state of the economy and the public finances,” the ministry said.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak has granted a temporary business rates exemption to companies in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, costing over 10 billion pounds ($14 billion). Sunak is due to announce his next round of support measures for the economy on March 3.
($1 = 0.7152 pounds)
(Writing by William Schomberg, editing by David Milliken)
Discounter Pepco has all of Europe in its sights
By James Davey
LONDON (Reuters) – Pepco Group, which owns British discount retailer Poundland, has targeted 400 store openings across Europe in its 2020-21 financial year as it expands its PEPCO brand beyond central and eastern Europe, its boss said on Friday.
The group opened a net 327 new stores in its 2019-20 year, taking the total to 3,021 in 15 countries. The PEPCO brand entered western Europe for the first time with openings in Italy and it plans its first foray into Spain in April or May.
Chief Executive Andy Bond said its five stores in Italy have traded “super well” so far.
“That’s given us a lot of confidence that we can now start building PEPCO into western Europe and that expands our market opportunity from roughly 100 million people (in central and eastern Europe) to roughly 500 million people,” he told Reuters.
To further illustrate the brand’s potential he noted that the group has more than 1,000 PEPCO shops in Poland, which has a significantly smaller population and gross domestic product than Italy or Spain.
The company, which also owns the Dealz brand in Europe but does not trade online, has already opened more than 100 of the targeted 400 new stores this financial year.
Pepco Group is part of South African conglomerate Steinhoff, which is still battling the fallout of a 2017 accounting scandal.
Since 2019 Steinhoff and its creditors have been evaluating a range of strategic options for Pepco Group, including a potential public listing, private equity sale or trade sale.
That process was delayed by the pandemic, but Steinhoff said last month that it had resumed.
“The business will be up for sale at the right time. It’s a case of when, rather than if,” said Bond, a former boss of British supermarket chain Asda.
Pepco Group on Friday reported a 31% drop in full-year core earnings, citing temporary coronavirus-related store closures.
Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were 229 million euros ($277 million) for the year to Sept. 30, against 331 million euros the previous year.
Sales rose 3% to 3.5 billion euros, reflecting new store openings.
($1 = 0.8279 euros)
(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by David Goodman)
Fashion-focused livery launch reveals new colours for Gasly, Tsunoda in 2021
Scuderia AlphaTauri debuted their colours for the 2021 Formula 1 season as drivers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda unveiled the team’s new look with the livery for their AT02 racecars. The setting was a fashion-forward launch in the all-new showroom of AlphaTauri, Red Bull’s premium fashion brand.
Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – Formula 1 team Scuderia AlphaTauri served up a stylish preview of the new F1 season with a presentation of its 2021 livery alongside key looks from the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2021 collection of Red Bull’s premium fashion brand, AlphaTauri. The launch – held at AlphaTauri’s new showroom in Salzburg, Austria and presented digitally – marked the first time that drivers Pierre Gasly of France and Yuki Tsunoda of Japan have appeared together as teammates.
After a successful first season racing in AlphaTauri colours, the Italian outfit is looking to challenge the top of the ultra-competitive midfield in 2021, and the two young drivers have been assigned clear-cut roles. Gasly is Team Leader. The 25-year-old, who made his Formula One debut with the team in 2017 under its former name, Scuderia Toro Rosso, has earned two F1 podiums. During the 2020 campaign, Gasly’s maiden win at Monza was a defining moment for him and the team under its new name.
Tsunoda, 20, is the first Japanese driver to race in F1 since 2014, his promotion coming off the back of a fast, four-season trajectory from winning the 2018 F4 Japanese Championship and finishing third in the 2020 FIA F2 Championship to entering the top-level ranks this year. Expectations are high for his rapid style of learning to complement the experience of Gasly.
“The decision to go for Pierre and Yuki in 2021 was taken because Scuderia AlphaTauri’s philosophy is still to give talented young drivers from the Red Bull Junior Program the opportunity to step up to F1 and to educate them – this is why Yuki now gets his chance,” explained Team Principal Franz Tost. “With Pierre on Yuki’s side we have an experienced driver, who can help our Japanese rookie to develop faster, but at the same time we can aim for good results. I think this pair is the best possible scenario to achieve both our targets, and I’m also confident this will be a successful one.”
In 2020, Scuderia AlphaTauri won best livery by a landslide, and the team’s all-new, matte blue and white racecar livery took center stage with the drivers at the fashion event, anticipating the 2021 model that will debut at pre-season testing in Bahrain on 12 March. The test is the precursor to an unprecedented 23-race schedule, and in preparation for the demanding calendar both drivers have spent time at Red Bull’s Athlete Performance Center for intense fitness testing.
“I’m ready to take on the role of team leader. Yuki is a very quick driver, and he will help us move the team forward – we will work together to achieve that,” said Gasly, the team’s all-time top points scorer. “I really believe last year was the team’s best in terms of the way it worked, the development, the performance and the way it managed the race weekends. I’m always hungry for more, and I’m sure we can achieve great things in 2021.”
Tsunoda, who was honored with the Anthoine Hubert Award for best Formula 2 rookie in 2020, added, “I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with Scuderia AlphaTauri ahead of the season, so I’m already developing strong relationships and learning a lot from them – including Pierre, who is an incredible talent. My main goal is to learn quickly and deliver results as soon as possible, and I’m really excited to get started.”
The launch at the AlphaTauri Showroom not only gave Gasly and Tsunoda a preview of the AlphaTauri Autumn/Winter 2021 fashion collection, but the drivers had the chance to select their new off-grid looks ahead of the season start.
Ahmet Mercan, CEO AlphaTauri, summarized: “This is a triple reveal at a unique point of time: a new AlphaTauri Showroom where fashion meets F1, a first look at the AW21 AlphaTauri collection and the unveiling of the new Scuderia AlphaTauri F1 livery and driver pairing.”
Scuderia AlphaTauri fans don’t have long to wait for racing action: The FIA Formula 1 season kicks off at the Bahrain Test on 12-14 March, in preparation for the Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March.
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