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There’s a common misconception, that in order to be in a codependent relationship, you need to be romantically involved with the person who’s manipulating you. But the truth is, codependent relationships can take many different forms. Any relationship can be manipulated by narcissistic desire and caretakers who feel the need to protect them. 
 
Even in the corporate world these relationships are everywhere. And, if the codependent personality is being guided by a nurturing leader, they can be an absolute asset to your business. But, if this person is a narcissist, it can have a detrimental impact on; 
 
Your staff turnover 
Stress levels in the workplace 
And cases of burnout 
When I was working in offices, creating a culture that cares seemed far less complicated than it does now. Checking in on people and asking how their evening was as they came into the office, impromptu chats around the water cooler and picking up on those little signs in behaviour when people were having off days. 
 
But now that people are working here, there and everywhere and most catch ups being held over Zoom, it can feel like these little moments that connect us and create opportunities for maintaining that caring culture are few and far between. 
 
Arranging a virtual coffee over Zoom just doesn’t seem to have the same open and spontaneous feel to it. 
 
So, is there a way to maintain a caring culture in your organisation where most people are hybrid or remote working? 
Becky* has been with her current employer for 11 years now. She’s worked her way up in the company and now manages a small team in a large firm. 
 
She’s the first to offer help when it’s needed, first to take on those horrible tasks that have been put off for a while because no one wants to do them, and first to jump in and cover when someone's sick. 
 
But behind closed doors, Becky is totally overwhelmed with her current situation. 
Is social anxiety holding you back from connecting with people? 
 
It can sometimes feel a bit like the overprotective best friend you never asked for and frankly now can’t get rid of. 
 
You share with them your dreams of travel and job promotions, of working back in the office and you mention the email from Alice in accounting inviting you to staff drinks on Friday night. 
 
At first they sound excited for you. But the more they talk about it, the more overwhelming it all starts to feel.  
The new normal is a term that’s been thrown around a lot over the last few years… 
 
“What will the new normal look like post Covid?” 
 
“Facing up to the new normal in post pandemic times” 
 
“Wearing masks in public is the new normal” 
 
But the thing is, things still don’t feel very normal. In fact, in some ways, things now seem less clear - less testing, less restrictions to protect others if a person has covid and less mandatory transparency. 
The success of most businesses comes down to the people who work in it. When they’re performing at their best, the business will perform at its best. 
 
But, when your team's energy is being drained by factors outside of the workplace (such as health concerns, political concerns and family matters), it’s unsurprising that this could have a massive impact on your business. Deadlines can slip, productivity can drop and the overall quality of your product or service can be impacted. 
We’ve known for a long time that this day was coming… 
 
The day when masks are no longer compulsory in public spaces and isolating if you test positive for Covid is down to personal judgement. But, after a year of being told that these masks and isolation periods are essential in keeping us safe, it’s not surprising that we are not feeling safe. 
Valentine's day can be a tough one at times, not least when you’re spending it in the office. Whether you’re the one receiving a huge bouquet of roses at your desk or you have come into the office to distract yourself from the whole valentines thing, there’s always a huge mist of expectation, judgement, anxiety, and sometimes resentment surrounding the day. 
 
Presenteeism is one of those pesky problems which lurks in the shadowy corner of the office. It’s often overlooked because, on the surface, someone can just seem to be really committed to a job or focused on a project. But how can you tell the difference between commitment to a job and presenteeism? 
 
Here’s 4 tell-tale signs to keep a close eye out for… 
Once upon a time, there was a kind, selfless, intelligent & capable lady called Jane who was always friendly to everyone. 
 
Every day, she liked to make others happy, so she smiled, kept busy and put others before herself however unbeknownst to everyone she hid a big secret. Jane didn’t like herself, she felt deep down there was something wrong with her and that no matter what she did she would never be good enough and feared being alone. So, she tried and tried every day to be as kind, helpful, agreeable and people-pleasing as possible and hid any of her weariness, frustrations or resentments so everyone would like her. 
 
One day, however, after a particularly demanding time putting others first for a special occasion, she noticed everyone around her looking so happy and joyful in sharp contrast to how she felt - alone, low and empty behind her fixed smile. She considered all the years she had wasted feeling unhappy & not enjoying her life. 
 
She caught sight of herself in a mirror and didn’t feel she knew the person who looked back at her and she hated wearing her mask and felt such a fake. It was in that moment that she felt so worthless that she wondered if it would be better for all if she took her own life and if so, how she might go about it…. but then she felt guilt at the thought of hurting her family and that jerked her back into the present. 
When we feel depressed, we often also feel overwhelmed, tired and demotivated and the simplest tasks seem impossible or too difficult to achieve. As we then balk at or stop doing our tasks, chores or even getting out of bed our self-esteem takes a nosedive and we feel less in control than ever. 
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