Member Since: 21st Jul 2009
22nd Nov 2011
You already know what I think. I hope you say a prayer every day to give thanks that you've clearly never suffered from any kind of mental health problem, as your lack of comprehension is staggering.
I do understand that trying to take steps to get independent verification and managing his health back into work can be seen as a positive. However, I don't think it's been done in a way that is going to help him; quite the opposite. That is the problem.
21st Nov 2011
If you want a good sleep, you're probably doing it wrong.
Like you, I can have an over active mind that doesn't let me sleep. I realise the irony of posting this at nearly 11pm.... But, if you want a good sleep, stop working and doing anything work related a good few hours before bed. Do something relaxing. You won't quiet your mind if you keep filling it up with 'busy' subject matter when you should be / want to be sleeping. Read a fiction book instead (there's not much worse than lying in bed wanting to sleep and being awake, so I like to do something) but don't do do anything that engages the work part of your brain.
I sleep better when I leave work in the office. Ok, that's not always possible, especially this time of the year, but I ought to do better.
Actually, thanks for posting this. You've reminded me to turn my work email off my iPad and get my balance back a bit. Signing off to go hang up the washing and watch some telly in bed before sleep (both my partner and I find this is a good way of relaxing before sleep).
21st Nov 2011
We're a small office (4 of us including me) and we do xmas lunch. I'm like FT; I don't like parties. Thankfully, I've never had to go to an office party and I can't see me organising one here, ever. Xmas meal though, definitely. It's teambuilding, or something. Better than that, it's a jolly out of the office and is (hopefully) tasty! ;-)
18th Nov 2011
Anyone who doubts the severity of stress is clearly lucky enough to have never experienced the hell that is mental illness. 'Stress' may sound like a cop out, but if it's really not. Last time I was really sick with stress, I was exhausted, drained of energy, felt constantly nauseous and lost my appetite. It lasted for a good couple of months, without abatement.
Even without going so far as to manifest with physical symptoms, mental health issues are real and as genuine as back ache or diabetes.
There is definitely a difference between pressure ('everyday stress') and actual clinical stress, as an illness.
Be very, very grateful that you don't suffer from mental health problems; you are one of the 75%
24th Oct 2011
I've got 3 members of staff, have no prior managerial experience, and just wing it. We play it by ear. If it works, it works and if it doesn't, we change it. With all my members of staff I've started slowly and basically, and added tasks and roles in as they find their feet, and I learn to delegeate, etc. I think the day-to-day operations and interaction are far more important than what's written in the JD. If it's working, it's great. If it's not, change it. To me, organic development seems to work well. As Peter said: don't over think it.
22nd Jun 2011
Full accounts need to be prepared to accompany the CT600. Abbreviated accounts filed at CoHo is a very simple by-product of this process that shouldn't add any real administrative burden whatsoever. If they have to do something, then just change the filing date to be 12 months, so in line wth the CT600 to help small businesses avoid penalties.
What utter nonsense this is.
But then we all know that already!i
Come on government, talk some sense for once - please?
12th Apr 2011
Thanks so much for taking the time to look at this in detail. Who'd have known it was such a complex question! I have saved this for future reference ;)
20th Aug 2010
Congratulations Elaine, very well deserved. Of all the contestants, you have the most interesting and innovative approach.
Why some people have to be so darn miserable I don't know. I guess it wouldn't be AWeb with them though, eh?
You have a fab business model and I'm delighted to see your success.
14th Feb 2010
For what it's worth
have another "no" against these proposals.
HMRC need to put their own house in order first before they should come sniffing round ours. Their "customer service" is still abysmal. Only the other day they wrote to me admitting they'd lost a client's tax calculation (!) and could I send a copy? We responded (quoting we could comply for a fee) and they wrote back saying, "Sorry, we do not have any record of that client's name..."
Once they can look after themselves then, and only then, would I even contemplate letting them start proposing ideas along these lines.