Work Wellbeing

  • It’s always tempting to start the new year with resolutions. But researchers are sounding a warning bell about the pitfalls of the New Year Resolution tradition. What might be a better alternative for your wellbeing?
  • When you work in compliance, you’ll encounter a broad range of people ranging from your own colleagues to external regulators. Most of them will be courteous and cooperative, but in this type of work, conflict can arise when people don’t see eye to eye.
  • Wellbeing matters. And, despite the article title, it’s not just all about ‘work’ wellbeing. But first, what do we mean by 'wellbeing' and why does it matter for auditors?
  • When assessing a role opportunity for work-life balance it’s important in the first instance to be clear on what it is that you value. So, how do the different risk roles available stack up when it comes to keeping your work-life activities at acceptable levels to you?
  • Some of you will have been fortunate enough to have moved swiftly and effortlessly between jobs, perhaps even headhunted, without any formal job search. For most of us though, at some point or other, we will be in active job-seeking mode. So, how do you stay motivated?
  • It would be easy to give a list of tips to improve work-life balance – but surely the place to start is discerning what work-life balance actually is, and whether ‘life-work’ balance would be a more appropriate moniker in the twenty-first century.
  • From the rise of flexitime to homeworking, flexible working strategies are receiving some serious airtime in the auditing and accounting arena. But could it impact your career growth?
  • As corporate misconduct continues, from the bad old days of Enron, to the more current examples of Volkswagen, Nissan and NAB foreshadowing the dark side of business in the event of compliance failures; there is an overwhelming need for corporate culture to be added to the internal audit workload.
  • Micromanager? Dictator? Bully? Favouritist? Incompetent? Bad bosses come in many forms and if you don’t address the issue, working for them could have a severe impact on both your job performance and mental wellbeing.
  • Self confidence, self belief, self regard, self assurance, self worth and self efficacy. We’ve discussed all of these previously on these pages. But how are they different from self esteem and why does self esteem merit its own article?
  • Over the many years I have been coaching and mentoring, the standalone, hot, personal development topic of all time, has been, and still remains, the profound angst of the impossible workload.
  • This article will suggest some diagnostics, tips and techniques to manage your anxiety, but also pose the vexing question: when, if ever, can anxiety be an auditor’s ally?
  • How do you describe your progress, your success, your achievements? Ever ascribe them to ‘just good luck’, ‘being in the right place at the right time’, ‘sheer hard grind and hanging on in there’?
  • Resilience - What does it mean to an auditor? Join us as we run through our 10 step programme to being a resilient auditor.
  • Work is an important, and large, part of our lives; as Auditors, we spend a staggering 99,000+ hours at work in our lifetimes. Because of this, it’s important that you feel you achieve emotional well-being and work satisfaction in your audit role.
  • According to the Chartered Management Institute's recent report on 'The Quality of Working Life', you are likely having to work over 200 hours of overtime which cancels out the average holiday/bank holiday entitlement of 28 days per year.
  • 'Tis the season of new year resolutions... here's our number one tip for making your goals a reality!
  • I've quoted it before, and I'll quote it again, but are you aware that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is more critical to your professional success than the intellectual variety?
  • It's crazy conference season and as a veteran circuit speaker, this is the peak time of my working year. Closely akin to the external auditor's January equivalent (those of us with the glut of December year ends and insane international reporting deadlines), it feels like a full twelve months ar...
  • You know how it is when someone in your office starts coughing and sneezing? You're sympathetic, offer them some kind words of commiseration, but all you can really think of is 'please don't give it to me'.