PR professionals 25% more likely to suffer from poor mental health compared to other UK workers

PR practitioners are significantly more likely to suffer from poor mental health compared to other UK workers, according to new research carried out by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA). I’m not surprised by this research, particularly given its timing in light of the pandemic. We […]

Dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on staff mental health

By Kam White, Head of People and Culture, Hotwire. For many of us, the last few weeks have seen mental health concerns brought into sharp focus, as businesses – and their staff – adapt to the ‘new normal’. This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week comes at a time where employee mental health is under intense pressure, […]

Focus management in uncertain times

By Gemma Storey, Focus management has been something that the Carrot team has practised for years now, but right now we’re all facing what could be months of uncertainty. How on earth do we continue to be focused and productive when the country’s on lockdown? We – and everyone around us – need to accept that […]

Personal resilience in a time of crisis

It’s tough out there, really tough, do your best and know that everyone is feeling the same. I headed for a long walk on the beach yesterday. With each day the COVID-19 headlines become more alarming. The debate and discussion on social media don’t help. Then there’s disinformation. The first place to start building personal […]

Managing Stress and Developing Resilience in PR Roles

An earlier post to Influence Online described how stress is a necessary part of role performance in public relations, but how excessive stress – role strain – impedes performance. Role problems – ambiguity, conflict, overload and underload – contribute to stress in public relations practice and in other occupations but can be managed. Roles – […]

Public relations: stress and resilience

Public relations is seen as, and is, a stressful occupation. In recent years, concerns have emerged about the mental health of people involved in public relations work. More has been found out about levels of stress in public relations work, and the resilience needed to cope with stress, through the CIPR’s recent State of the […]

PR campaign’s legacy highlights issue of depression

By Jenifer Stirton, iprovision Trustee, This month we once again had ‘Blue Monday’ the so-called day in January claimed to be the most depressing day of the year – which incidentally got its name from a PR campaign for Sky Travel. The thinking was that if you were gloomy you were more likely to book […]

Thousands of PR pros will face mental health issues in 2020

By Stuart Baird, director, BakerBaird Communications, Statistically up to 14,250* members of the PR profession will suffer from a mental health issue over the coming year. That’s 1 in 4 of us. Yet the profession has for many years seen self-resilience as written into the job description, regardless of the pressures a person will be […]

Are you operating at your B.E.S.T?

By Jo Twiselton, The speakers at the recent 2019 CIPR National Conference, ‘Preparing for the Digital Future’, gave the audience lots of food for thought, covering areas from trust to ethics and reputation to name just a few. For me, the over-riding message was of more big change on the horizon. With this in mind, […]