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Managing workload and stress: a lunchtime workshop with Dr Anne-Marie Quigg

It's all too easy to find that your workload becomes overwhelming, leading to high stress levels. This is particularly the case if you are dedicated and hardworking. This session aims to outline some of the chief reasons why this happens, to indicate what the consequences can be and to offer a few tips on how to better manage yourself, in order to improve your work/life balance.
When Nov 18, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where 43 Gordon Square, room GOR 324
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Your workload is a bit like a Tardis — most likely bigger on the inside, when you are actually having to do your job, than it appears to be on the outside. That plain, simple exterior of the blue box (perhaps as viewed by your boss or co-workers) actually turns out to be a complex network of (crossed) wires and demanding systems. These are prone to malfunction and liable to leave you stranded in unusual time zones, for example burning the candle at both ends, and quirky, hostile worlds where no one seems happy with what you're achieving, including yourself. If left alone Tardis burnout is often the result.
 
A sonic screwdriver may be a handsome hi tech resource but gadgets alone are not necessarily going to fix the Tardis problem. Instead, you need to release your inner Time Lady/Lord and consider which aliens/monsters must be beaten and what the best techniques are for doing this. Treat this session like your travelling companion — befriend it, trust it and make the most of the company you will be keeping and what you can learn from other participants.
 

It's all too easy to find that your workload becomes overwhelming, leading to high stress levels. This is particularly the case if you are dedicated and hardworking. This session aims to outline some of the chief reasons why this happens, to indicate what the consequences can be and to offer a few tips on how to better manage yourself, in order to improve your work/life balance.

 
About Anne-Marie: Director of Jackson Quigg Associates Ltd. (UK) and an occasional Guest Lecturer at several universities in London, Anne-Marie Quigg has worked as an actor, a regional and community arts officerand a theatre and arts centre administrator and director in several UK organisations. She has also been a committee member, trustee and chair of, and an adviser to, a large number of charitable, community and arts organizations. Anne-Marie is the editor of the new Gower title The Handbook of Dealing with Workplace Bullying (July 2015) and also the author of Bullying in the Arts: Vocation, Exploitation and Abuse of Power (2011).