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Date: 18 October 2021 by max robinson

Asking for a pay rise

The bad news is that the cost of food, fuel, DIY materials to name a few are rising, along with taxes next April. The good news is that many business sectors are short of skilled staff. This translates into employees receiving increased salaries. To give yourself the best chance of convincing your boss of a pay rise, you must prepare. Are you going to ask for a pay rise?

Date: 11 October 2021 by max robinson

Keep mental health in the open

It’s less well known that October 10th is World Mental Health Day. During the pandemic, millions in the UK experienced a mental health problem, or have seen a loved one struggle. Often the medical support is tough to find. Start with self-help and speak out by talking about your mental health with family and friends. Do you know someone facing mental health issues?

Date: 04 October 2021 by max robinson

Stop Panic Buying

The toilet roll curse is back in the form of cars queuing in huge numbers for fuel at garages in many parts of England.. Before petrol and diesel, it was fizzy drinks because of a perceived shortage of carbon dioxide. It’s time to strap in for a bumpy ride this Christmas. As we have no control over the bigger picture, we crave to control our mini-world (home & daily routines), so we buy in extra supplies. Are you prone to panic buying?

Date: 27 September 2021 by max robinson

Stop being disturbed at work

Being back in the office is a great opportunity to mix with colleagues and be part of a vibrant face to face team. However, it will mean being disturbed at your desk and many other distractions. After working from home, many workers will be frustrated by the distractions of office life. Experts reckon that workers are distracted up to 15 times a day, or every 35 minutes. Do you recognise the problem?

Date: 20 September 2021 by max robinson

Speak in a new tongue

Hands up if your child is weak at speaking a foreign language. It is an inside joke that British kids are not good language learners. Foreign languages are not a popular option at school. Many children start studying a new language at the age of 11 and many give up by 14. Do you believe in children learning a foreign language?

Date: 13 September 2021 by max robinson

Cracking the virtual meeting

Covid-19 has meant hybrid-working with staggered visits to the office, with the remaining time working from home. This mix of working means running or attending virtual meetings from home or from the office. How to run a virtual meeting that benefits you and the attendees?

Date: 06 September 2021 by max robinson

Savvy Food shopper

With the different lockdowns and the subsequent economic slowdown, the pandemic is focusing financial minds, as people tighten their belts. Removing unnecessary expenditure from food bills can help many families. Are you looking for ways to make your money stretch a little further? If yes, then you need to be a savvy food shopper.

Date: 02 August 2021 by max robinson

A dyslexic child

The new school year is around the corner. Many parents may not realise that experts believe that 14% of the UK population suffer with dyslexia. If your young child is confused by letters which look similar, particularly b/d, p/g, p/q, n/u, m/w or has difficulty with concepts of yesterday, today, tomorrow, then they may be dyslexic. What can you do?

Date: 24 July 2021 by max robinson

Financial Wellbeing

The pandemic will create winners and losers in terms of money. Healthy finances are a key part of financial wellbeing. A study found many are struggling, with 40% of people have less than £100 left at the end of the month and 29% of people do not have any emergency savings. Do you have your financial wellbeing under control?

Date: 19 July 2021 by max robinson

Caught a Cheating Partner

Catching a partner having an affair happens. However unpleasant the content and details you need to locate the facts. Both men and women are equally capable of cheating. This post will not take sides, but it believes that every relationship should find a way back to happier times. If your partner is having an affair, what should you do?

Date: 12 July 2021 by max robinson

Adults learning to read

Question: Which country has 2.4m adults who cannot read or can barely read? Answer: England. Shocking as it is, together we can remove the stigma of adult illiteracy by letting people speak up and learn to read. There is no shame in learning to read as an adult. Do you know any grown-ups who want to improve their reading skills?

Date: 05 July 2021 by max robinson

Retiring Early (I wish)

Imagine winning the golden ticket at work and being given early retirement. Sounds like a dream, but think carefully about how to manage financially and mentally. What would you do in retirement?

Date: 28 June 2021 by max robinson

The Staycation Is Here

With the possibility of foreign lockdowns, vaccine passports, testing regimes and hotel quarantine, the holiday abroad has never looked less attractive. This summer, Britain faces a staycation fever, as we head on our homeland holidays. Do not panic, as a staycation gives plenty of opportunities to explore and appreciate our island’s beauty, history, and culture. Why book a UK staycation?

Date: 21 June 2021 by max robinson

Health Anxiety

Since covid-19 hit Britain, at certain times I have had small health worries. However, other people obsessively worry about their health, known as hypochondriacs. Made worse by the coronavirus, it means a rise in a mental health condition known as Health Anxiety. Do you or a member of family sufferer from health anxiety?

Date: 09 June 2021 by max robinson

Free exercise (no gym)

Most parents are busy looking after the family. Being physically active and getting the right amount of exercise is easier than it may first appear. The trick is to make exercise part of a daily routine. There is no need for expensive gym sessions. Many moderate exercises are either low-cost or free. Is this your idea of getting fit?

Date: 07 June 2021 by max robinson

Be the Big Boss

It is easy when working from home to dream of running your own business. No more annoying emails or calls from your manager. Being your own boss is challenging, however, you can enjoy the perks of being the owner. Does running a business float your boat?

Date: 31 May 2021 by max robinson

Vinyl is fashionable

Calling all music fans – vinyl LPs are back in fashion. Although streaming accounts for around 80% of UK music consumption, sales of vinyl LPs surged in 2020. Music lovers turned to their favourite songs to escape the lockdown, by purchasing much-loved albums on vinyl. Are you or your family one of those vinyl fans?

Date: 24 May 2021 by max robinson

Over Dinking in Lockdown

It is easy when working from home to have a glass of wine next to the computer or opening a bottle of wine at the end of a tough working day. Not working may create additional pressures, as a study found that people who had been furloughed were more than twice as likely to drink heavily (6> units at a time). If this seems familiar, what can you do?

Date: 17 May 2021 by max robinson

Flexy work

The pandemic has taught us to be flexible. Working and caring for someone at the same time creates a tricky situation. You can make one request for flexible working each year and your employer must consider it (they may not agree to it). Do you know your flexible working rights?

Date: 10 May 2021 by max robinson

The Equity Release Conundrum

Once retired, money can be an issue. You may have retired parents talking about equity release to unlock cash from their home. There are two types of equity release schemes and the following will help with family conversations. Have you discussed equity release with your parents?