Lunar New Year this Sunday 22nd January

Did you know that Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) will be on Sunday 22nd January this year? This huge event comes at the start of the lunar calendar – which is why the dates seem to change every year according to our Gregorian calendar- and is a long celebration for families and friends most commonly from Asian countries. However, this has grown over the years and is now often found in far more countries all across the world.

||           What is this year’s animal?

Each year is dedicated to a particular animal and 2023 is the year of the Rabbit; specifically the water Rabbit. Check out what animal sign you are based on the year you were born and see if this year is lucky for you!

For example, our colleague Alan Ng is born in the year of the Dragon, this will be a very lucky year for him. 2023 is predicted to show good fortune to Dragon with a variety of successes in their wealth and love as hard work will get them through the tougher challenges this year may cause them.

There are many ways you could experience luck and this is a huge part of the culture and meaning behind Lunar New year. Although its exact origin date is not known, many believe it began in the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC), and dates back around 3,500 years. Through those years, generations of people have welcomed the new year by wishing luck, wealth, and good fortune to loved ones in a whole host of exciting ways!

||           What do people do for Lunar New year?

You may have heard of “Lai see” which are red envelopes given to children, friends, co-workers etc which contain a small amount of money to bring good luck and wealth. These gifts are commonly given to those around you and have taken a more modern twist as apps and digital ‘red envelopes’ are used to share this tradition beyond the threshold of your home. It’s been an easy and fun way for people to continue this tradition in a modern world.

Traditions vary depending on where Lunar New year is being celebrated, however, a common theme for everyone is to reconnect with family and dedicate time with them to feast and celebrate. Years ago it was more common, however, it is still practiced today, that the start of the celebrations are spent honouring your ancestors and praying to gods. It may be a little less followed these days, but it was believed to bring a lot of bad luck if you didn’t respect these traditions in the past! Importantly though, the whole celebratory period is about enjoying life and welcoming the new fortune of a new year.

Fireworks, lion dancing, eating, and more are just some of the wonderful ways in which many of south and southeast Asian countries (and now many more western cultures) celebrate Lunar New year. China is one of the largest countries to celebrate of course, and with a population of 1.4 billion people which is roughly just under 20% of the world population, it is no surprise to the incredible size and popularity of this new year event each year.

So, celebrate this weekend as the year starts on Sunday 22nd of January! Look for your animal year and find out what fortune you will discover in 2023. Join the billions of people enjoying these long and vibrant celebrations as it typically runs across 15 days. That’s a lot of time to eat, dance, and experience the good luck of a Lunar New year!

One more thing you can say during the Lunar new year is ‘Kung Hei Fat Choy’ meaning Happy & Prosperous.

World water day 2022

The United Nations created World Water day with the goal to draw attention to the importance of water and how many people are without safe water access around the world. It is a chance to celebrate what water provides whilst simultaneously sharing awareness of the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

||           “Groundwater – making the invisible, visible”

Started in 1993, World Water Day has brought attention to a range of issues around water and changes that need to be made. Each year there is a new theme to give specific focus to, and this years’ theme is “Groundwater – making the invisible, visible”. Groundwater is essential to so many aspects of our lives, including drinking supplies, sanitation, food production, and industrial processes, as almost all liquid freshwater is groundwater.

It plays a critical role in adapting to climate change, but due to being out of sight, it can often be overlooked by people not realizing just how important it is.

||           “be a part of the action”

Events are hosted by people and organisations in the months leading up to the 22nd of March, with participation in the global public campaign which is launched several months prior by UN-Water. All their information and details for campaigns and activities to help you get involved can be found through their social media or online at so you can be a part of the action. Then, on World Water Day itself, the UN World Water Development Report is released. This links with the same topic as the campaign and recommends policy direction.

Key messages of the World Water Day 2022 campaign:

  • Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere.
  • Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater, supporting drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming, industry and ecosystems.
  • What we do on the surface matters underground. We must only put harmless, biodegradable products on the soil and use water as efficiently as possible.
  • Groundwater crosses borders. We must work together to manage transboundary groundwater resources.
  • We cannot manage what we do not measure. Groundwater must be thoroughly explored, analyzed and monitored.
  • Groundwater will play a critical role in adapting to climate change. We must protect and explore groundwater, balancing the needs of people and the planet.

||           “looking for skilled workers to join the sector”

Careers in the water sector can provide a fulfilling experience where you can feel proud of the work you do and make a difference to people’s lives. It is essential to have access to clean, safe water and the jobs involved with ensuring that that happens are looking for skilled workers to join the sector. Designing, building, and maintaining more efficient and effective water facilities can look to improve our future in so many ways and provide a vital resource to people around the UK or globally.

Our consultants can help guide you into these careers! Whether you’re an experienced candidate or new to the water sector, we’d love to hear from you and get you started on a career path you can thrive on. Give us a call on 01489774010 and ask to chat about your options in the water sector. Even you just have a few questions or curious about what’s out there, the team will be more than happy to help you and their experienced and trusted knowledge could be the start of something incredibly exciting for you.

The history and importance of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been a recognised and ongoing day of celebration and protest for more than 100 years. First celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, IWD has grown it’s reach to a widely global celebration; creating awareness and shining a light on some of the most important gender issues around the world.

||           “protest of 15,000 women”

1909 saw the first National Women’s Day across the USA, following the protest of 15,000 women who marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights. During a conference of Working Women in 1910, Clara Zetkin – who was the leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany – put forward the idea of an international day for women to be celebrated every year around the world; helping women to push for demands and equality.

||           “We’ve seen a lot change since 1909”

While it is important to encourage change and raise awareness of these issues that inhibit the progress of equality and women around the world, it is equally important to celebrate the achievements that have been made. We’ve seen a lot change since 1909, both with the advancement of equality and understanding the different challenges faced by our genders, and also with the changes to our attitudes. Many women are finding it easier to get into positions of power and male dominated industries that previously seemed impossible. STEM jobs have seen a growth in popularity with women, and over the years has developed into a far more welcoming environment to encourage women and girls into these great roles. We still see a majority of male workers in many sectors, however, more and more women are applying and progressing their careers in engineering and technical jobs.

||           “protest of 15,000 women”

The industry is working on reducing the skills gap, and with the help of hiring more women it continues to take great strides in improving their opportunities and removing the idea that technical engineering is solely for men. We are always looking for the ideal candidates to place into our roles, using their skills not gender to match them with their dream opportunities and clients. Highfield have a number of jobs incoming all the time, waiting for the perfect match to fill them. We aim to be the most trusted recruitment agency, which is demonstrated throughout our work as we treat you with honesty, transparency, and kindness. We understand what it’s like looking for a new job whether you’re starting new or pushing yourself further in your career, we can help you. Give us a call on 01489774010 and our friendly consultants can talk you through the process or guide you to the jobs we have. Alternatively, head to our website and go from there!

||           “many women can get back into a fulfilling career”

Highfield are proud to have many great women working with us, filling positions ranging along all levels across the office, from apprentice to mangers. We welcomed some amazing people coming off maternity leave, providing flexible working hours and remote working options to give more time to their families. The responsibility of care often falls to the women within families, making it far harder for them to return to work or have time for a healthy balance. This is why our 4-day work weeks are an important benefit. By having the chance to get an extra day off each week and not lose out on pay or work more hours in a compressed schedule, many women can get back into a fulfilling career with less worry and stress.

||           retain these high level skills women can bring to the workforce

It is important to support and care for each other, no matter who we are or what gender we define ourselves by. More understanding and flexibility to provide a healthy work-life balance is vital to retain these high level skills women can bring to the workforce. Further awareness of the issues faced within workplaces as well must not be ignored and this is why International Women’s Day will continue it’s long standing celebrations and protests in order to achieve a true equality and have women’s demands be heard, their safety protected, and their lives changed.

7th International Women and Girls in Science day focuses on clean water and sanitation

Today marks a celebration of women and girls in science as we continue to work towards equality and opportunity for everyone. It is the 7th year of this international day with 2022’s theme being; “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Water Unites Us.” On the 11th of February 2022, the 7th assembly will take place in virtual format from UN Headquarters in New York. This will be aiming to recognize the role of women and girls in science, not only as beneficiaries, but also as agents of change, including accelerating progress towards the achievement of SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).

The 7th Assembly will bring together women in science and experts from around the world to discuss the water nexus in achieving the three pillars of sustainable development – economic prosperity, social justice, and environmental integrity. High-level government officials, representatives of international organizations, and the private sector will all be represented as a part of the assembly and work towards bringing change.

||           “it has become a desperate situation”

UN reports show that billions of people around the world will be unable to access safe household drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene services in 2030 unless progress rates quadruple. Challenges around safe water include a rise in demand, poor management or maintenance, failure to conserve water resources, and climate change. It has always been an important issue to provide and take care of basic human needs like access to safe and clean water, however it has become a desperate situation needing further support and progress.

||           “more than 884 million people did not have safe water to drink”

The latest information regarding access to clean water was published in 2019 by WHO and UNICEF, which shows that in 2017, more than 884 million people did not have safe water to drink. Progress, however, is being made as the proportion of the global population using safely managed drinking water services has risen from 61% to 71% since 2000. As well as this, the proportion of the global population using safely managed sanitation services also increased, going from 28% to 45%. There is still major room for improvement, however, it is going in the right direction.

In households without onsite water, it is more likely for women and girls to be responsible for collecting water for their family, creating a gender inequality as they have to take time out of school or work in order to do so. In 2017, they were the ones responsible for this in 8 out of 10 household that didn’t access to water.

||           “there is a need for skilled workers within the water sector”

Maintaining and providing water is vital all over the world, including projects closer to home. With constant upkeep needed, upgrading current systems, and planning and building of new developments, there is a need for skilled workers within the water sector, creating a range of vacancies. Vacancies available to both men and women, and with women making up just 24% of the core STEM workforce in the UK, there is a long road to equality ahead. Again, improvements have been made as we’ve seen the industry increase both the amount of female scientists, engineers, etc. and also the level of the positions held by women. More managers and leading positions are being filled, and continuing this drive towards equal opportunities brings a great range of benefits to companies and the workforce itself.

||           “Let us help you find a job you can be proud of and succeed in.”

Get involved in some of our major water projects by contacting our trusted water recruitment consultants on 01489 774010 or search through our jobs on our website. Let us help you find a job you can be proud of and succeed in. Our trusted recruitment agency has placed thousands of candidates over the years and those numbers aren’t slowing down. We can support you and guide you through the process, making sure you’re kept in the know at all times with our honest transparency.

Give us a call, who knows where it may lead you.

Positive role models this International Men’s Day

November is a month that celebrates and supports men and creates a time to highlight the struggles they face, with the help of Movember and International Men’s day. While we continue to strive for equality, the construction and engineering industries remain male dominated for now, making it all the more important to share and support the difficulties we all see and experience. This year’s theme focuses on “better relations between men and women” as one of the six pillars of International Men’s Day is to improve gender relations and promote gender equality.

One of the top purposes for this day is to celebrate the value men bring, positive role models, and to raise awareness of men’s well-being. Role models can be anybody, and they can be important for a range of reasons. From parents to strangers, there is no limit to who can have a positive impact on someone’s life, or how they do it. Friday 19th of November is International Men’s Day, so we spoke to a handful of the men at Highfield and asked them, “who was/is a positive role model for you and why?

I think your role models change over time. When you are younger you obviously look up to those closest to you, family and friends mainly. Then we all have some kind of ‘hero’, which in my case was always a footballer as I was a football obsessed as a child. And now I am older I take more inspiration from various people, whether that is a family member or someone who I happen to stumble across on a podcast, anyone with an inspirational story to tell. As a parent, I take inspiration from my own parents, in work I seek inspiration from those I work with and various business leaders, and my children will always be my greatest inspiration.

Andy, Director

Sam Hughes will always be a great role model to me. He taught me to appreciate everything I have and live life with a smile on my face. He showed me how to love every challenge that I face and know that it will make me stronger.

Liam, Director

I would say my dad has been a good role model, the reason being is I believe a good role model would be someone who is generous with their time and always is open to passing on the wisdom of their experience and knowledge to the betterment of others.

Sam D, Senior Delivery Consultant

I wouldn’t say I have one role model as a lot of people inspire me.

I have some good close friends and family that I look up to. From CEOs of tech companies to songwriters. Their success inspires me to work hard and become the best version I can of myself.

Simon, Financial Controller

I don’t really have just one role model – people that value people’s happiness in high regard are role models for me.

George, Principal Recruitment Consultant

It is important to value those around you, as well as yourself, and to keep those who inspire you in your mind to help drive your success and remind you of kindness. Support the men and women in your life this International Men’s Day to raise awareness for men’s well-being as well as reinforce gender relations and equality.

A variation of skills, experience, and backgrounds fills our trusted teams and we’re always on the lookout for more honest and friendly people to join us! Chat with Annie about our open positions and find the right career choice for you, or call us on 01489774010. As one of the most trusted recruitment agencies, we ensure the well-being of everyone here to be a top priority; inspiring true leadership and positivity throughout the business.

World Mental Health Day 2021

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, set by the federation for Mental Health, is ‘Mental health in an unequal world. It is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

||           “With stigma still surrounding mental health, it can be difficult to get the help needed.”

Between 75% to 95% of people with mental disorders in low and middle-income countries are unable to access mental health services at all. With stigma still surrounding mental health, it can be difficult to get the help needed. Government policies which limit access to health care, education and public transport causes people in lower income households to be unable to find the time, money, or resources to improve their mental health. Alongside this, pollution and a lack of healthy food lead to poorer physical health, which in turn increases the risk of depression. These are all more common with people struggling in poverty due to an inability to live in the countryside or afford fresh, healthy food.

||           “Equal wealth provides far more opportunities to children”

In the UK, children and adults living in households in the lowest 20% income bracket are 2-3 times more likely to develop mental health problems than those in the highest bracket. Equal wealth provides far more opportunities to children, and so it is vital to encourage education systems (schools and universities) to be more aware and understanding of mental health; as well as provide more resources and support to care for children and young adults who need it.

||           “Companies have to make positive changes to their work environment”

Employment has a major effect on someone’s mental health and relies heavily on the quality of work, pay, management, and many more. Job insecurity, low wages, and health risks all contribute negatively to mental wellbeing. Companies have to make positive changes to their work environment and ensure fair wages are provided in order to combat this wealth inequality.

||           “we understand the importance of life outside of the office”

Highfield value the mental wellbeing of employees as we strive to continuously improve the working environment in order to create a space that is supportive and relaxing. Alongside this, we understand the importance of life outside of the office, which is why we have implemented and extended our 4-day work week trial so that more time can be spent ‘switching off.’

Our mission is to become the most trusted built environment recruitment business, and that starts with our teams. If they can trust us to provide a work space that is happy, healthy, and equal, then they are more able to deliver a high standard service to all our candidates and clients.

We work hard to ensure mental health is recognised and cared for at Highfield. Some of our efforts include:

  • 4-day work weeks
  • Remote working
  • Mental health first aiders
  • Relaxing breakout room and kitchen space
  • A healthy and collaborative work environment
  • Supportive and engaged management
  • Constant team events

With many more scattered throughout the office and our work practices, we continue to add to this list and adapt it, so as to be certain that Highfield is a fulfilling place to work.

If you’re interested in being a part of the most trusted recruitment agency, then we have a range of vacancies available!

  • Resourcer- property
  • Resourcer- FM
  • Global Recruiter
  • Experience recruitment manager
  • Talent hunter
  • Senior recruitment partner

Book a call with Annie to chat about our positions or ask us more about Highfield.

Become a part of somewhere that values your wellbeing and mental health, and strives to demonstrate its honest transparency through every step of your career.

The skills of the future for technical engineering in a post pandemic world

“Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic” is this year’s theme for World Youth Skills Day as it pays tribute to the resilience and creativity of young people throughout Covid-19.

UNESCO-UNEVOC listens to peoples stories

Here’s what they’re asking young people (ages 15-24) to consider and have a conversation about:

  • What skills/work do you wish to acquire for the future?
  • What skills do you think will be most important in the post-pandemic era and why?
  • What is your message to decision makers in your country to support youth employment, skills development and entrepreneurship?

In order to ensure the importance of young people being well equipped with skills for employment, the United Nations General Assembly stated from 2014 that the 15th of July will be World Youth Skills Day. Its purpose was to create a conversation for young people and encourage engagement and dialogue of important topics. The youth are the future, so providing education, training, and support is vital to the growth and development of industries, particularly those needing higher skill levels like technical engineering.

Specialist training is essential for many high-level positions and roles, making it crucial to provide it to new candidates. This can be reinforced with mentoring schemes as the aging workforce transfers its knowledge and skills alongside supportive education.

This can be a major benefit in maintaining expertise not just in an industry but also contained within a company, as the youth pick up knowledge from more experienced workers.

It’s not just the younger generations that can benefit from this. As people look to change careers later in life, specific training can help to establish new talents whilst support can be provided to develop their transferable skills. Many older candidates who are new to construction industries can bring a collection of highly valuable skills.

The pandemic has affected us all in some way, however, young people aged 15-24 have been particularly exposed to the socio-economic consequences. School and workplace closures have led to a loss in learning and training, alongside many in this age group being hit hardest with unemployment rates. As with all new generations of workers, new demands are being made and expectations changed, which is particularly prevalent in a post pandemic world.

More just, equitable, and progressive opportunities and solutions are being demanded of society by youth as they face a range of challenges such as education, health, employment, and gender equality. Highfields own Co-founder is on the board of the local school, helping to inspire and raise awareness of opportunities and skills for young people.

Flexibility and acceptance from companies is desperately required in order to support the skills of the youth, which is part of the conversation that World Youth Skills Day aims to open up this year.

Challenges for the youth

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Experience
  • Gender Equality
  • Health


  • Equal opportunities
  • Flexibility
  • Support
  • Training

Interviews with inspiring women this international women in engineering day

Wednesday the 23rd June 2021 marks International Women in Engineering Day and this year we are celebrating the thriving women in the industry. In this article we have quotes from Lucy Smith, a Senior project manager at Morgan Sindall who is a respected leader in her career. As well as, we go over some great advice from the women who been guests on ‘Inside Data Centre Podcast’ by our very own Andy Davis.  

|| How did you get into the construction Industry and were there any key moments that led you there?  

I went to a career’s fair at school, not really knowing what I wanted to do and my Dad who was a Lecturer in the Built Environment suggested I go and ‘see the Civil Engineering stall’ as I enjoyed Maths and Sciences. I spoke to the guys on the stall and was hooked from there on in. When I was in my 5th year at senior school my dad (through his contacts) arranged for me to do some work experience with Wimpey Construction on an extension to North Manchester General Hospital. I spent some time in the office and some time on site with the engineer. My Dad also arranged for me to do some work experience with Taylor Woodrow in the design office. I loved the work experience on site even though as a female I was somewhat of an anomaly! This confirmed that I wanted to pursue a career in Civil Engineering. Once I completed my degree, a great opportunity came up to do a PhD in Civil Engineering which was sponsored by Miller Civil Engineering (now Morgan Sindall). I then started life on site with Miller Civil Engineering as a graduate Civil Engineer in the water industry. I’ve worked my way up from there from site engineer to Framework Delivery Manager for Morgan Sindall within the water industry. 18 months ago, I decided I wanted a new challenge and I’m now working in the nuclear industry (still for Morgan Sindall). 

|| What are three things you like most about your role? 

I know it’s a cliché but everyday is different and there is always a complex, challenging problem to solve. It is certainly never boring! I also love the fact that on a day to day basis you meet so many different people; one day I can be speaking to an operative digging an excavation, the next day a farmer to gain access to their land, the next day someone from the supply chain negotiating a contract or even someone from the Regulators. You need to adopt a different way of communicating with each stakeholder to achieve an outcome that suits all parties. I think most importantly of all, as a Civil Engineer I can say that I am improving the world we live in. When I go into schools to talk about what I do, I always say that we wouldn’t have the lives we have if it wasn’t for the work that Civil Engineers do. From a job satisfaction point of view, not everybody can turn to their friends and family and say that, nor can they show them something that they’ve worked on and say ‘I built that!’. This obviously has a lot more impact on the prestigious projects such as structures, bridges and buildings than a Sewage Treatment Works which is where I’ve spent the majority of my career! 

|| What challenges do women face working in construction and in your opinion how can the industry change these?  

I’m in a fortunate position where I’ve never really had a negative experience as a female working in the construction industry. I’ve been fortunate to work for a company that are very supportive and I’ve never really had to work away from home for long periods of time which I have been grateful for, especially as I have a son who is now 13 years old. When I first came back to work after having him, diversity and inclusion were almost unheard of and as such, there was no consideration for the provisions needed for feeding mothers. I am thankful to say that time has moved on and diversity and inclusion is now starting to become embedded into businesses. One of my frustrations at the minute is that within the industry there are talks of fulfilling quotas for numbers of females at a senior manager/ director level. For me I want to know that I’ve got a position on my own merit, not just to fulfil a quota. It is disappointing that throughout my 20 year career, I have seen little increase in the numbers of female engineers working on site. I have however noticed an increase in numbers in design/ engineering from a consultancy point of view but not contracting. I believe this is down to perception and teachers not understanding what opportunities there are in construction and in particular in my area, what a Civil Engineer actually is. We have to educate the education professionals as to what opportunities and career paths there are within the construction industry. It is essential that we change the perception of the construction industry and I believe that this starts in primary schools. 

|| What would your one piece of advice be for other women who want to go into the construction industry? 

It’s a fantastic industry to be in; be fearless throughout your career, believe in yourself and grab every opportunity that you can. 

Alongside Lucy Smith’s great insight, there have also been some amazing guests on Andy Davis’ ‘Inside Data Centres podcast’, with Theresa O’Brien, Amber Villegas-Williamson, and Jen Reininger all agreeing that more awareness needs to be made for young girls to enter industries like data centres and to take on engineering and technical roles. Theresa O’Brien is a Global Talent Resourcing Leader within CBRE Data Centre Solutions and her insight into how the industry has evolved to be more diverse goes down to even the simple act of making job descriptions gender neutral. Changing the language that is communicating to candidates to avoid exclusion and create a more even playing field for gender, ethnicity, and more. Theresa knows just how much engineering, particularly in the data centres, can offer “there’s so much growth and so much opportunity, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to work in the sector.”  

As Amber Villegas-Williamson says “it’s about telling people we’re here and making them feel welcome.” She encourages candidates, students, anyone to reach out to those already working in technical roles and ask questions, with one piece of advice being “Have a conversation. Find those people to speak to, search LinkedIn or platforms such as ‘I’m an engineer get me out of here’ and connect to each other to find inspiration and knowledge. The only way to learn is to ask and waiting to the industry to come to you will not get you there. “ 

Jen Reininger makes similar points as she advices finding a great mentor as we start to see a lot more growth and expansion globally for the data centre sector and subsequently engineering and technical roles. During her career, Jen has seen diversity changing in companies as they work towards attracting more women and focus on moving away from the old ways. She has first hand seen what good can be achieved with a diverse team, as women bring different traits into teams! There is a shift in ideas and ways of thinking, allowing teams to grow, which is extremely important to keep a business alive and moving with the times.  

Collectively, it can be agreed that awareness and education about what opportunities are available in these careers is one of the biggest and most important steps to take. Showing young girls what is out there and the support available to mentor and guide people so that everyone feels they have an equal opportunity to be a part of these rewarding roles. Diverse teams provide new qualities and opens up creativity and progression. Women in engineering is a solution to many challenges faced by the industry, and we can make those changes start today.  

Men’s health week advice, awareness, and the CAN DO challenge

June 14th is the start of men’s health week this year, addressing the physical, mental, and emotional health of men around the world. Awareness of men’s health is vital, particularly for male dominated industries such as construction and engineering. There is often a reputation surrounding careers in construction and on worksites that a level of ‘masculinity’ is expected, potentially leading to unhealthy work practices and wellbeing. This is why it is important to continue providing support systems for men, allowing for a new, and positive message to be spread as well as reducing the stigma surrounding emotional and mental health.

Wellbeing is highly supported among our teams at Highfield, with fitness opportunities like yoga and meditation classes in the office, as well as two trained mental health first aiders. We always aim to look after staff and provide as much support as possible; engaging in their wellbeing to create a positive and enjoyable work environment.

We thought it would be a great opportunity to speak to one of our consultants, Josh, who is very successful in his role and someone who is committed to looking after his health both physical and mental. Here are some of his tips!

||           What do you do to care for your mental and physical health?

I always do my best to make sure that I’m in a good headspace and can tackle any challenges that are thrown my way. I attend a CrossFit gym most days and compliment this with running, swimming, cycling or walking. As well as this, I try to find time in my day for reading/listening to books to make sure I’m always learning about new ways to deal with life!

||           How often?

Every single day I’ll make sure I do any or all of the above – these are my non negotiables and I’m pretty grumpy if I don’t do any of it. I guess that’s proof that it works!

||           Why do you do it?

These are the things that make me feel good. I think it’s great to always be learning and growing whether that is personally of professionally and I’m by no means the best at any of the above so it’s a journey that helps keep me motivated and mentally robust.

||           What challenges do you think men face in regards to their health (mental, physical etc)?

I think there is a lot of pressure for men to put on a brave face and not show weakness when in uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations. It is ok to ask questions if you’re unsure. I think it’s always a lot quicker to say you can’t deal with a certain situation than to struggle through it, get anxious about it and then not be able to do any of it. People need to understand it’s okay not to have all the answers and that they can’t always be good at everything all the time.

||           Do you have any advice for other men wanting to do more for their health?

Be brave enough to be bad at something new. Find something that interests you and makes you feel good/happy, obsess over it, go through the initial stages of learning and then continue to grow and excel. Maybe try it with a friend or someone that has similar interests – who knows, you could make new friends or join a new community of like-minded people!

Be selfish with your time. Time is finite and we only have a limited amount of it, don’t spend time doing things that don’t result in you being a happier, better version of yourself.

For international men’s health week this year, there is the CAN DO challenge which focuses on helping any negative effects this pandemic may have had on the health and wellbeing of men. With communication being such a main focus over the last year as we turned to working and living remotely, there is a desire to continue this drive for connection and extending it towards a more personal level. Discussing mental health worries at home and in the workplace will always be the first, and biggest step to take.

For each day of this awareness week, there is a themed task to complete for the CAN DO challenge to help our journeys back to stability and positivity. It is flexible and adaptable, allowing for creativity in how you choose to take part. This helps to keep the focus on ensuring men’s health is prioritised, while being achievable and accessible for everyone. Anyone can take part and it is designed to help reconnect people and get you active, improving men’s wellbeing.


                Connect with other people. For example call an old friend that you haven’t spoken to since before lockdown, or check in on your neighbour and see how they’re doing.


                Get out of the house and get your body moving. Take part in any form of exercise or activities to keep up your physical health.


                Have a break from social media, phones, and computers in order to take notice of the environment around you. This can be embracing nature, people, hobbies, etc.


                Learn something new. Read a new book, try a new skill, learn a new language (maybe in preparation for when we can start travelling safely again)


                Do something for someone else. It’s been proven to boost mental health when we perform kind gestures for other people, whether that’s family, friends, or strangers

We often miss our surroundings as we get caught up in busy lives and routines, so it can be important to regain perspective and enjoy what’s around you or something you love. It easy to get caught up in our jobs without taking a step back to review our health, ensuring we have perspective and the chance to focus on what we need or want.

Mental, physical, and emotional health should always be cared for, but with stigma still surrounding these for men, it can be difficult to take the right steps. The idea of having to be ‘masculine’ often means the avoidance of expressing emotion and feelings, creating a damaging way of working and living. Embrace this week as a chance to reflect on your personal health and that of friends, neighbours, and colleagues. We can all work together to make an environment that is supportive and positive for men’s health.

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