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Dr Fran Longstaff

Dr Fran Longstaff is Head of Psychology at Fika Mental Fitness. With more than 15 years' academic and applied experience in sport and exercise psychology, Fran oversees Fika's Behavioural Science output, designing and implementing organisation-wide Mental Fitness training programmes for Fika's client-base of more than 80 businesses, education institutions and healthcare organisations. She is passionate about training leaders and managers in how to build their own and their team’s Mental Fitness in order to transform the culture, output, productivity and happiness of their workplaces. Fran worked as a lecturer in Higher Education for 13 years before joining Fika, and still works closely with Fika's board of academic experts.

Creating teams that win

Offsetting the risks of hybrid working: Is Mental Fitness the answer?

The hybrid working dilemma

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.

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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.

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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.

The past few years have created a perfect storm of headwinds for leaders - and when leaders suffer, the whole organisation does. 

Here are three steps HR and wellbeing leads can take to look after their  leaders in 2022 - the crucial first step to building resilience across a whole organisation:

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Dr Fran return to work as a working mum

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.

Just under five weeks ago my wife and I welcomed our daughter to the world. Last week I returned to my role as Psychology Lead at Fika Mental Fitness following 3 weeks of parental leave.

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Performance training

Preparing for career transitions

I am a Sport 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.

Transitions are inherently difficult because we often have very few previous experiences to draw upon to help us through them. 

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