19
Aug
Stand Agency

Reframing annual leave – a win for mental health, the environment and local businesses

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Whether it’s our environmental conscience, Brexit-fuelled visa uncertainty or – yes, you guessed it – the pandemic, the way we are thinking about holidays has changed.

Firstly, we’ve been forced to reconsider how we approach annual leave. In the past taking days off from work almost invariably meant travel, often travel overseas. Over the past year of course things have been different, and the pandemic forced us to rethink how we use our annual leave entitlement. There’s a reason the Government makes it compulsory for employers to give their staff annual leave – and it isn’t because they want us to be catching flights to exotic locales! It’s because working continuously without any breaks is bad for productivity, results in poor mental health, and the risk of burnout.

The mental health benefits of taking time off are well-documented and understood. In 2020 many employers reported their staff weren’t using up annual leave, hoping to save it up for when international travel resumed. Sadly, for many, this wait wasn’t fruitful and just resulted in unclaimed holiday being lost, and months of break-free work. With this came the realisation that annual leave is more about a break from work than it is about travel.

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02
Sep
Stand Agency

Believe in Better: Insight and inspiration from industry leaders

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In this episode we speak to Leonor Stjepic, CEO of Montessori Group about the Montessori philosophy and the work the organisation does in supporting children and families in education. We discuss the current education system, and the types of skills children and young people will need for their futures, and we get to hear about the upcoming ‘That’s Montessori’ campaign, launching in late September.

Watch this space for future episodes of Believe in Better with more inspiring thought leaders from our network.

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24
Jul
Stand Agency

Believe in Better: Insight and inspiration from industry leaders

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In this video series produced and hosted by Stand Agency we will introduce you to insightful thought leaders, each representing an inspiring brand, business or charity. Our special guests come from many different backgrounds and sectors, but what united them is a belief in better; the desire to create positive impact within their industry.

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