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Inclusion is a choice: Micro-exclusions you are probably guilty of and how you can stop them

Not all exclusion is direct and intentional. The majority of exclusions we experience are micro-exclusions i.e. small behaviours that go under the radar but when experienced consistently are causal in our feelings of individual exclusion. As a result, people often come to believe that things will never change and, eventually, leave their roles. At Fika, we propose some micro-behaviour changes you and your teams should make that will help your colleagues feel more included.

Dr Amanda McNamee
December 6, 2022
3
min read
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Lost your mojo? [5 techniques to try when you’re just not feeling it]

Temperatures have dropped and summer is well and truly over. And as sunrise gets later so does our wake up time which means early morning runs and gym routines start to slide.

Dr Amanda McNamee
November 9, 2022
5
min read
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Boost your team mojo in 5 steps

Team morale is essential for effective collaboration and results. However, with our world of work changing rapidly, it has never been more difficult to keep teams engaged, committed, and connected.

Sara Cruz
November 9, 2022
5
min read
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Great onboarding: a secret weapon against attrition?

More than 1/4 of new hires leave a company within 6 weeks. More than 1/3 leave in the first 6 months. And of those who leave in the first year, half were thinking of leaving for 6 months or more. The impact of disengaged, one-foot-out-the-door employees on existing employees and clients is well known not to mention their reduced productivity levels and larger number of errors (Jaman et al, 2002). 

Dr Amanda McNamee
September 26, 2022
6
min read
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The perks of onboarding into a remote team: An employee’s story

At Fika we champion flexibility by being a remote first business. However, working remotely can be daunting at first, especially for new hires. So, we sat down for a conversation with one of our team members to learn more about his experience.

Sara Cruz
September 26, 2022
5
min read
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Unlock Successful Flexible Working with 3 Key Skills

Flexible working patterns (location and hours) remain the number one sought employee benefit. The opportunities to avoid rush hour traffic, to walk children to school and to repurpose commute times to exercise have all been cited as key quality of life reasons to continue working flexibly.

Dr Amanda McNamee
September 5, 2022
8
min read
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Why it’s time to invest in your teams

The rise in agile, digital and knowledge-based businesses is making effective teamwork more important than ever, as companies compete to innovate. At the same time, the increase in remote working is challenging teams in ways they’ve never been challenged before. So, what can businesses do to ensure confident and cohesive team performance, despite the challenges that come with working remotely?

Dr Fran Longstaff
May 31, 2022
6
min read
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How digital solutions can play a role in building inclusion, belonging and diversity in the workplace

What if a digital solution existed that had the potential to grant permission and structure for every employee in the workplace to have a voice and be heard? Would this increase their sense of belonging and inclusion? And more importantly, could it tackle the lack of diversity in some workplaces?

Dr Fran Longstaff
April 21, 2022
6
min read
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Offsetting the risks of hybrid working: Is Mental Fitness the answer?

Breakfast with family, longer sleep, quieter space to focus, few unwelcome interruptions, you would be forgiven for thinking that hybrid working was one of the few perfect outcomes from a two year long pandemic. It presents a crystal clear antidote for those employees who want to keep in person social connections with colleagues and those who have found their true life balance in working from home.

Dr Fran Longstaff
March 29, 2022
6
min read
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From 'time off' to 'time in': how to replace burnout culture

Taking time off is essential for wellbeing. Our physical and mental health benefit from hitting pause. But many of us are unable to keep the pause button on. We check our emails, our messaging channels and even attend some meetings in our downtime. A staggering 65% of us eat into our leave time with work, making it a regular, almost expected occurrence. 

Dr Amanda McNamee
March 11, 2022
6
min read
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The Great Resignation: how to hold onto your staff by keeping them engaged

Recent reports into the great resignation suggest as many as a quarter of us are intending to leave our jobs within the next six months, and resignation rates are already at their highest since 2009. The financial impact of this mass exodus could be enormous, with the average cost of employee turnover in those earning over £25,000 a year estimated to be £30,614.

Dr Fran Longstaff
February 25, 2022
8
min read
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Crest Nicholson invests in staff mental fitness training with Fika

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has today announced a pioneering new partnership with mental fitness platform Fika to proactively prevent mental health decline and improve performance by building the mental fitness skills of its 700 employees.

Fika Mental Fitness
February 17, 2022
7
min read
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Fika partners with Zurich Municipal to address mental health in education

Fika Mental Fitness has partnered with Zurich Municipal insurance to address mental health in education - as four in five school leaders say mental health is the biggest challenge facing their organisation.

Fika Mental Fitness
February 9, 2022
5
min read
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Three steps you can take to look after your leaders

COVID-19. Hybrid. The Great Resignation. Mass reports of staff burnout.

Dr Fran Longstaff
February 9, 2022
4
min read
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How to turn 'conversations' into meaningful connections

When it comes to talking - there's talking, and there's really talking, isn't there?

Rose Wilkinson
February 3, 2022
5
min read
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Time to Talk Day: the power of active listening

When it comes to important conversations - don't underestimate the power of active listening.

Rose Wilkinson
February 3, 2022
4
min read
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Stress, performance and productivity: the role of leadership

‘What tools and techniques can I give to my staff to help them better manage stress?’ This is one of the most common requests that I get as a Psychologist. And it’s a perfectly reasonable request in view of the fact that last year UK employees were found to be working an extra 2 hours each day. 

Dr Fran Longstaff
February 1, 2022
5
min read
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How to model mental fitness at work

Culture starts at the top - so as leaders, the first step we can take to creating a culture of mental fitness in our organisations is to become mental fitness role models ourselves. 

Dr Fran Longstaff
January 28, 2022
5
min read
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DFS Group rolls out staff mental fitness training with Fika

DFS Group has joined forces with Fika Mental Fitness to embed mental fitness training into its employee experience - aiming to improve staff engagement and productivity, and proactively train its people in how to be the best versions of themselves.

Fika Mental Fitness
January 27, 2022
7
min read
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How to turn your leaders into mental fitness role models

The Great Resignation. COVID-19. Hybrid. Today’s managers and leaders face the perfect storm of headwinds – and two years on from the start of the pandemic, they’re running on empty.

Dr Fran Longstaff
January 20, 2022
6
min read
Fika Selected for the GSV Cup Elite 200

Fika Mental Fitness Selected for the GSV Cup Elite 200

Fika Mental Fitness has been selected as one of the The Elite 200, the acclaimed list of semifinalists in The GSV Cup — the world’s largest pitch competition for EdTech startups run by female-led, multi-stage venture capital firm GSV Ventures. 

Fika Mental Fitness
January 19, 2022
5
min read
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Fika Mental Fitness joins prestigious DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme

Today Fika Mental Fitness is proud to announce we are one of the 21 digital health companies selected for DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator programme. The 21 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) selected for the Accelerator 2022 programme have digital solutions or services that have the highest potential to meet London’s NHS and social care challenges.

Fika Mental Fitness
January 18, 2022
5
min read
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Fika Mental Fitness to speak at The Watercooler Event in February

A new study has shown that over 54% of workers who take two or more mental health absences would ultimately leave their current job with the direct cost of absences throughout 2021 estimated to be a shocking £43 billion (excluding additional costs such as overtime, temporary staff, admin fees etc)

Fika Mental Fitness
January 17, 2022
5
min read
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Making connections: a forgotten but essential education need

‍Fika and NCFE have worked together to recover vital career skills like connection, confidence and motivation for more than 18,000 young people across 69 further education centres in the wake of COVID-19

Dr Amanda McNamee
January 14, 2022
8
min read
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Your mental health is within your control

The truth is it’s no wonder we’re so bad at acknowledging our mental fitness as our own responsibility, when as a society we haven’t been given the knowledge, skills or value system that would enable us to manage it. 

Rose Wilkinson
January 14, 2022
6
min read
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Mental Fitness starts with our leaders

I’m sure at some point in our career we’ve all sat in front of a line manager and had a conversation about how overwhelmed or overworked we feel.

Dr Fran Longstaff
December 6, 2021
3
min read
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What can prepare you for life as a working mum?

Earlier this week I spoke about the importance of building mental fitness before different career transitions. It was a timely reminder as I’m currently going through undoubtedly the biggest transition in my career to date.

Dr Fran Longstaff
November 26, 2021
5
min read
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Preparing for career transitions

I am a Sports Psychologist, and in sport, we take career transitions extremely seriously. We spend a huge amount of time working with athletes to better prepare them for the next stage of their career. Whether that be moving from junior to senior competition or preparing for life after sport.

Dr Fran Longstaff
November 22, 2021
5
min read
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It's time to celebrate positive mental health

When are we going to start celebrating it, not just keep trying to 'fix' it?

Gareth Fryer
November 15, 2021
5
min read
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TEDx Talk: The 'Why' Behind Fika Mental Fitness

Fika Co-Founder & Co-CEO shares the 'why' behind Fika Mental Fitness

Nick Bennett
November 15, 2021
3
min read
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Returning from maternity leave

I'd been told returning from maternity leave would be challenging ... but no one could have prepared me for how tough it would be.

Rose Wilkinson
November 10, 2021
3
min read
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Rebuilding post-16 education around mental fitness

As the dust settles and we assess life after lockdown, we will need to equip today’s learners with the skills they need to rebuild the economy, culture and society. Further education and post-16 education will play a vital role in this rebuilding – ‘ensuring more people can gain the skills they need to get ahead as the Skills Minister notes.

Nick Bennett
February 15, 2021
7
min read

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