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How to work and live….well.

Really enjoyed this. My three favourite aspects are the useful recap summaries at the end of each chapter, the real life case studies at the end and the introduction to the concept of ‘social prescribing’ to help develop social connection. Had never heard of that before. I think this book could appeal to a lot of different people for very different reasons. 1. great guidance material for those wanting to build better habits into their working lives 2. a companion guide for anyone needing to identify or revive their personal sense of purpose and strategies for work and life…such as those facing pending life changes like retirement…or simply thinking about how to adjust to work post-lockdown. 3. the case studies are good stimulus for managers wanting to look at sustainable well-being strategies for their teams. I wish I had read this years ago, to prevent me forming terrible well-being habits. For too long my candle burned at both ends.

Mrs Geraldine Ann Mapp

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Personal connection and productivity – an all rounder of a read.

This is a book for our times. Covid-19 has made us as both employers and employees question our work and lifestyles. Annette and Kelly provide not only useful insights on why to connect meaningfully at work but also how to create that connection. The sense of belonging that this creates for both employer and employer aids well-being and, in turn, productivity. Feel good. Do good. Work – a Ronseal moment and like all the best sellers, blindingly obvious when you stop to think and join the dots. This is the book that gives you (whether you’re the worker or the boss) the roadmap to that priceless personal connection with the workplace. A must read for HR professionals and business leaders alike.

JT

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An engaging read with useful insights and activities.

A worthwhile read with fascinating insights and useful ideas for both employees and employers. The informal style makes it accessible for all. The short chapters mean it is easy to dip in and out and be able to find answers or activities that will help in the moment. The case studies bring the concepts to life and showcase how and why. Some great conversation starters and hints and tips for feeling good and doing good work!

Miss Claire Buckland

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Deeply researched, connected thinking, practical guidance and relevant to our times.

Annette Gann and Kelly Milburn’s ‘Feel Good. Do Good. Work’ could not have come at a better time. A handbook on how to feel good and do good, blend work and life, live and work to a higher purpose. It’s a great guide for organisations concerned about societal impact and broader stewardship (indeed 10% of book proceeds go to charitable causes).

This is a very thorough book, with considered and connected thinking across disciplines.

Big ideas are rooted in practical guidance, a digest of solid deep research from a broad field. Learning from psychology, organisational development, economics, employee engagement, workplace behaviour, spirituality – along with examples from businesses and organisations such as Greggs, Adnams, Highways England and the Care Quality Commission.

This rich content is well-consolidated. Each chapter ends with a recap and some practical points.

I warmed especially to well-rounded content close to my own themes of belonging and culture – and the notion that belonging is, in part, a compromise “But how far should you allow compromise to penetrate into the very essence of what makes you you?” Ah, the dilemma of our personal and shared identity in belonging.

This is a nuanced view on purpose, values, habits and the balance between individual and organisational imperatives.

Highly recommended.

Isabel Collins

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Fabulous read in these difficult times.

Great read with thought provoking questions and short reflective exercises throughout. Handy recap summaries for each section and great case study insights to make ‘feel good, do good work’ happen in practice. I have crossed paths with many talented employees over the years seeking how to become more resilient and to balance work and home – this is a great resource for them as employees and their managers and HR team alike.

Sarah Blunt

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I’ve found this book quite handy and very much relatable in today’s environment.

It provides a conceptual reflective activity and recap which is very thought provoking in regard to elements of questions posed that are not considered by many without a slight nudge in some form. (wellbeing, relationships, your why, taking stock of your being and your psychological capital etc.).

It was refreshing to read a book chock full of pointers, much to choose from that contains good techniques for becoming better in more ways than one. I enjoyed the coined term ‘struck engagement gold’ and must have read chapter two more than four times – my word for this year is Resilience thus the resonance.

Well written reading material that is very practical and informative. I genuinely can confirm the positive impact it had and shone a light on many areas that are often ignored both personally and professionally. Nice touch to the glossary!

Dee Burrows

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Refreshing insights into Caring about Work!

A worthwhile read with fascinating insights and useful ideas for both employees and employers. The informal style makes it accessible for all. The short chapters mean it is easy to dip in and out and be able to find answers or activities that will help in the moment. The case studies bring the concepts to life and showcase how and why. Some great conversation starters and hints and tips for feeling good and doing good work!

Mr Liam Bresitz

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Leadership, internal engagement – an ideal companion for management and for personal development.

I’m a comms and engagement professional and I think this is an ideal primer for those already in leadership positions and those aspiring to be in such roles. Liked the recap sections at the end of each chapter and the thought-provoking exercises included sporadically through the book. I especially enjoyed the opening chapters from a personal development and wellbeing perspective.

Amazon Customer

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A well researched and thought provoking book for our times.

Feel Good. Do Good. Work gives practical and useful examples of how caring is great for business along with tools apply.

Carole Longden

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My new blueprint!

What a find this book is and so very topical,

This book allowed me to fall right in and start discovering new ideas and concepts almost immediately. Superbly crafted and covering such a sphere of topics. I felt that the writers were talking directly to me and I loved it !

Having just left a 30 year career in one industry I realise I’m at a crossroads but one thing remains clear I want to remain happy at work. There are some fabulous pointers in this book that I will be taking with me and also sharing in my discussions with my new team at work. Absolutely loved the real life references too !

Once my husband finishes reading the beautifully written pages, its going to take pride of place on my desk as I know I’ll be referring to it many times in the future

Highly recommend this cleverly written text!

Lizzie Jones

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A handbook for the modern and aspiring workplace.

Feel good do good work is a very well researched handbook for aspiring leaders. It gives a thoughtful and thought-provoking insight into the way we can conduct business while maintaining healthy, well-balanced and engaged employees and contributing to society.

Lyn Bromley

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Consultant Psychologist and Coach.

The jolly cover, accessible style and ‘how to’ guides belie the theoretical depth and breadth of this book. Based on state-of-the-art research and practice in wellbeing it can be considered a textbook in the field of wellbeing at work. It provides extensive theoretical explanation and practical advice for employees, managers and organisational design and strategy. Its section on best practice is based on an empirical survey carried out by the authors across main sectors in the economy. Its assertions are evidence based and it teaches in an entertaining, holistic, compassionate, and personable way across key topics in this field making it a useful reference book to keep on the important shelf.

Dr Helen Jellicoe

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The book is a refreshing take on understanding wellness and well being.

The book is a refreshing take on understanding wellness and well being in the context of a dynamic and forever in flux corporate culture. Annette and Kelly have assimilated their wealth of experience, knowledge, and their personal journey in sharing with readers what matters most in the field of work and working effectively & mindfully.

Read the full review here.

Amrita Narang

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