Four easy steps to leading a healthy work-life balance

Today the perception of work has shifted. Having a healthy work-life balance has become a necessity for many, so much so that millennials prioritise this over pay and career advancement. Yet with social media and our ever-growing addiction to technology, it is more difficult than ever to switch off and escape the demands of work outside the office.

Mental health issues are currently on the rise, with 74% of individuals in the last year feeling so stressed that they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. The Mental Health Foundation calls the increasingly demanding work culture in the UK “perhaps the biggest and most pressing challenge to the mental health of the general population”

With work related stress costing Britain 10.4 million working days per year, maybe it is time we pay more attention and prioritise our own work-life balance.

To help get you started we have created 4 simple steps to improve your work-life balance.

 

Step 1: Turn off technology

We live in a world that never sleeps. Smartphone users unlock their phones on average 85 times daily and use it for over five hours a day. With the constant distraction of emails and social media, it is extremely hard to set boundaries of when our working day begins and ends. Furthermore, using our phones at home not only disrupts family time but also affects sleep.

As a tip, to help separate your personal life from your home life, make a rule not to answer any emails in the evening and be present with your family, or take part in a sport or hobby to help you switch off.

 

Step 2: Work smarter not harder

Rushing around and chasing the clock seems to be the norm in today’s society. Most individuals feel they never have enough time to get everything done. However, this can be tackled by improving your own time management skills.

To help feel on top of life and tasks, it is extremely important that you learn how to work smarter, and not harder, to make the most effective use of your time.

  • Ensure you organise your day appropriately by creating a to do list and focusing on the most important tasks
  • Review all work meetings to see if they are necessary, and if they are, make sure they are sharp and straight to the point. Try limiting them to 30 minutes with a specific desired outcome.
  • Devote your entire focus to the task at hand. Many people think that they will get more done when multitasking, however multi-tasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40%. Put your phone away, close browsers and concentrate on one task at a time.

 

Step 3: Take time to exercise

One of the most beneficial activities to participate in before or after work is exercise. Exercise is a fantastic stress reliever and improves our sense of well-being and overall mood. It is estimated that exercising three times per week can reduce the risk of depression by up to 20%. This In turn helps us be more productive at work.

Try to keep your exercise plan flexible and make it fit around your timetable. For example, you could include lunch-time walks or runs, early morning workouts, or a fitness class on your way home. Try and strike a balance between cardio, weights, and relaxing workouts such as stretching or yoga, to best reap the benefits, otherwise you could end up doing more harm than good.

 

Step 4: Learn to say no

Despite everyone leading busy lives, many of us often find ourselves taking on tasks that we don’t have time for or would rather not do. Whether it’s agreeing to overtime, doing someone a favour, or socialising when you don’t want to, if these activities are causing you to feel exhausted or stressed, it is time to learn to say no more often.

Steve Jobs once said “I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.”

Saying no can have a very positive influence on your life and is essential when it comes to your work-life balance. Saying no shows you value your time, you understand what you want, and makes it easier to fill your life with activities and people who bring you true happiness.

 

It is important to realise that a healthy work-life balance means something different to everyone and it is crucial to find the right balance for you. However, no matter what career you’re in, or however many additional commitments you have, creating a healthy balance between work, play, and recharging, is essential to leading a happy, healthy and productive life, both at home and in the workplace.

 

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Head Of Regulatory Affairs – Gloucester or Surrey

We have a fantastic new Head of Regulatory Affairs role with a successful organisation within the food and drinks sector.

  • This is an opportunity to join an expanding regulatory team in a senior position in the R&D food and drink industry.
  • The role will include line management, budget management, business development and service delivery.
  • The role offers a competitive salary of £50,00 and some great benefits.
  • This role has the possibility of being based in Gloucestershire or Surrey.

Find out more about this job here.

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CK Clinical Co-Sponsor Clinical Operations in Oncology Trials Europe

We are pleased to announce that CK Clinical will be co – sponsoring the Clinical Operations in Oncology Trials Europe Conference in Munich from the 14-15th of November.

After a successful event in 2017, the conference will be returning to Munich for the its edition, with more interactive content and senior level speakers than before. The 2018 programme will host speakers representing organisations such as Roche, AstraZeneca, Celyad, Bayer, Karma Oncology and Zelluna Immunotherapy.

Russell Oakley and Stephen Lord will be attending the event and if you would like to arrange to meet, network or get some recruitment insight please look out for them at the event or arrange a meeting with them in advance here:

Steve Lord

Stephen Lord – Principal Consultant
Tel: +44(0)1246 457722
DD: +44(0)1246 457738
E: slord@ckclinical.co.uk
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrstephenlord/

A picture of Russell Oakley

Russell Oakley – Clinical Manager
T: +44 (0)1246 457733
DD: +44 (0)1246 457709
E: roakley@ckclinical.co.uk
LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/russellckgroup

There is an exciting programme lined up, highlights from this years’ agenda include a practical workshop on strengthening collaboration through vendor management; a global project leader discussing how and why patients should be involved in protocol design; and a technology spotlight session where you will discover how digital platforms can be successfully integrated into oncology trials.

If you are already attending this event, contact Russ or Steve to arrange an informal meeting.

Find out more information about the event here

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CK to attend RQA’s 2018 Annual Conference

CK will be exhibiting at the RQA’s 2018 Annual Conference that will be held at the award-winning Manchester Central from 31 October to 2 November.

The theme this year is ‘Data and Quality: Is the tail wagging the dog?’ This year’s conference will include presentations, case studies, clinics, debates and, for the first time, all-new ‘fringe’ sessions, where more informal discussions will be held in a roundtable environment. The programme includes representation by the MHRA, as well as a range of presentations on hot topics such as Data Integrity and GDPR.

Jim Gleeson and Ben Traies will be attending the event and exhibiting at stand number 30. They will be happy to talk to you about your career path or future roles. They will also have an array of promo goodies so be sure to pop by the stand if you are attending this event.

If you would like to meet up at the event for a confidential chat, please contact Jim here.

 

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The CK New Scientist Live Careers Hub

We were delighted to be the Official Recruitment Sponsors at New Scientist Live at the ExCeL in London in September.

What an event it was, from the Mars Rover, the Slime Olympics to Tim Peake’s talk, it was incredible.  Thank you to everyone who came to the New Scientist Jobs and CK Group Careers Hub.

We were overwhelmed with how many people wanted careers advice, many of whom are aspiring scientists as well as people working in the industry already.

Many people wanted advice as to the best route into industry, what to do after their education and quite a lot brought their own CV’s to the careers hub for improvement tips.

It was great to meet so many people who wanted to pursue a career in STEM. Here are a few photos from our stand:

Naynesh at New Scientist Live
The team at New Scientist Live giving careers advice

If you are still looking for careers advice, we have teamed up with New Scientist Jobs to provide essential career advice tips, take a look at our latest article here.

We also have a whole host of careers, job hunting and work place advice articles and videos in our Career Zone, take a look at these here.

If you are searching for a new role, take a look at our latest jobs here and if you would like to make the job applying process a little bit quicker, join CK Plus here.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Careers Hub and we hope to see you next year.

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CK attend the PIPA Conference 2018

CK Clinical is pleased to be exhibiting the PIPA Conference 2018 which will be held at the Legoland Conference Centre in Windsor on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October.

This two-day event includes a full and varied conference programme with presentations, exhibitions and half-day workshops intended to provide comprehensive information on “hot topics” and skills relevant to the PIPA membership.

Hendre Moolman and Ben Traies will be atteding the event, Hendre has been a member of PIPA for many years and is delighted to be able to take part in the event this year.

If you are attending the conference, look out for Hendre and Ben, they will be more than happy to talk you through your career options, give a market update or offer career advice.

Contact Hendre ahead of the event here

 

 

 

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CK Group is the Official Recruitment Partner for New Scientist Live 2018

The CK Group is delighted to be the Official Recruitment Partner for New Scientist Live 2018.

Known as the world’s greatest science event, New Scientist Live is an award-winning, mind-blowing festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. It will be held at the ExCel, London between 20-23 September 2018.

This event offers “140 speakers and 100 exhibitors in one venue to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances”. There will be talks from world acclaimed researchers and explorers in the science, engineering and medical fields such as Tim Peake, Henry Marsh and Hannah Fry.

Don’t miss the New Scientist Jobs exhibition partnered by the CK Group where we will be running CV clinics, interview advice workshops and a drop in service for those in need of career or job hunting advice.

It could be that you are thinking about a complete change of occupation, perhaps you would like to move up the career ladder or maybe you are embarking on your first role after studying. Whatever your quandary, we will be there to talk through your options and guide you to your next exciting career move. Join us at stand 950.

The New Scientist expects nearly 40, 000 people to attend so make sure you book your tickets now. As the Official Recruitment Partner we can offer a discount code of 10%. If you would like this code email: ldefrece@ckagroup.co.uk.

Find out more about the event or buy your tickets here.

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Remote working – how to work effectively from home

In a recent survey, over a third of people claimed they would rather work flexible hours than get a pay rise.

The concept of working from home often receives mixed reviews, with many being skeptical that workers can be as productive at home as in the office.

However, with advancements in technology, communication methods and global working, some organisations are beginning to see flexible working as an option. For example, thanks to instant messaging and video calling, teams can stay instantly connected even if they are not under the same roof – making remote working completely possible.

Proving all cynics of remote working wrong, CK Clinical’s Medical Manager Julia Day works remotely and recently won Sales Consultant Of The Year voted by SMT and Staff Sales Person Of The Year voted by the staff, for all her hard work and efforts.

Julia started working for us in 2015 and currently works from home to avoid long commutes and to suit her working style. This year she exceeded all her sales targets, reinforcing the fact that working from home is a prosperous set-up for both her and CK Clinical.

But working remotely in an effective manner takes effort – so here are some top tips to stay productive whilst in the comfort of your home.

 

  • Find your work space

Some people think working from home means lying on the couch with the TV on. Working like this is not viable, and certainly not productive.

If you are working remotely make sure you have a home office or suitable desk space dedicated to work, with little distractions around you.

This will not only help you concentrate but will also allow you to leave your dedicated work area and disconnect once your working day is over. Julia explains that, after a day of work, she shuts the door of her office to feel like she is back at home.

 

  • Introduce routine

When you work from home it is easy to lose routine as well as get physically lazy –and this in turn can affect your way of working.

A good idea is to start the day as you would if you were leaving the house– for example get ready, have breakfast and go for a walk – to get prepped for the busy day ahead.

Julia adds “I’ve learned you do need to be strict with yourself, ensure you have regular breaks and stop for lunch. I’ve also found getting a dog is a great help. Not only does she ensure I have a routine as I walk her before and after my working day, but she also keeps me company at work!”.

 

  • Make sure you stay connected with your team.

Working successfully with your peers is the key to working productively.

In an office you automatically form relationships with colleagues by spending your breaks with them, discussing your weekend plans or making cups of coffee. This regular interaction consequently makes working together easier as you already have their trust.

Yet, working away from the office makes it hard to form relationships and fit into the office community. This can cause obstacles when working with your team; they may be less loyal to you and asking them for work favours can feel more awkward without that much-needed personal connection.

When working from home it is important to be seen as proactive, and not be scared to ask for help or to share information that could help your team. This regular interaction is vital to stay in touch.

Julia overcame this problem by spending time in the office. When she started at CK she alternated her time in different offices and spent at least one night away from home every other week. This allowed her to travel, see people from work and tie in external meetings.

If you work hours away from the office, and cannot make regular visits, then connecting often with your team face-to-face (via video) is an alternative suggestion. Studies have proven that seeing someone and their body language helps you understand them, and therefore work better together.

 

  • Provide regular updates

When working from home there can be trust issues between you and your team and managers.

To overcome this, proactively keep them up-to-date – for example send them your daily schedule at the start of the day and what you have accomplished at the end of the day. This will give your team and superiors confidence that you are contributing.

Remember to communicate the good and the bad, so that they are kept in the loop with your line of work.

Also, make yourself accessible by always answering the phone when you can, and replying to messages promptly – to avoid any misconceptions. Let them know if you are busy or in a meeting, in case they try and contact you then.

To work from home successfully you need to build up trust more than you would if you were sitting by your superiors.

 

  • Take accountability for your work and push yourself

Finally, work for yourself and not for others. This will help you feel proud of your work and push yourself to achieve your goals.

Another useful tip is to write a schedule daily and ensure you complete all your tasks by the end of the day.

Julia did just that – she made sure she not only achieved her targets but went above and beyond her responsibilities.

However, she also adds that “you can easily take working from home to the other extreme and simply not stop” by fear of being perceived as not being productive enough. It’s all about finding the right balance to suit your workload and your lifestyle.

 

If working remotely is important for you, make sure you find a company that will respect this.

For more information about our remote working opportunities contact us.

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Job of the week: Regulatory Medical Writer

This week we have a fantastic role for a Regulatory Medical Writer to join a thriving and expanding life sciences consultancy at their site in Buckinghamshire. We have chosen this job as job of the week as it is:

  • A unique and rare opportunity to join a very successful consultancy with a friendly, flexible and informal working environment with the chance to work on diverse and interesting projects.
  • The role will have a focus on Oncology, Haematology and Orphan Diseases, delivering high-quality regulatory writing, including the authoring of Clinical Summaries, Briefing Documents and Paediatric Investigation Plans.
  • Candidates must have extensive experience of Regulatory Writing and ideally have a strong academic background – PhD or similar with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a good working knowledge of healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry.

Find out more about this job here.

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CK Group Honoured as Top Supplier by KellyOCG

CK Group was recently recognised by KellyOCG with a Supplier Excellence Award at an event in London, United Kingdom.

The award is presented to top-performing national and global suppliers that provide superior workforce solutions, and whose service, results and strategic partnerships have made a significant impact on KellyOCG’s business.

“This award program helps to further strengthen our supplier partnerships with companies such as CK Group that offer diverse delivery models and capabilities to meet the unique talent requirements of our broad customer base,” said Thorsten Koletschka, supplier strategy and engagement lead, Global Talent Supply Chain Organization for KellyOCG. “It’s important to recognize the top performers in our supplier community and the impact our partnership with CK Group has on lives of workers.”

This year, KellyOCG recognized 31 of its top suppliers from Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific.

Operations Director Liam O’Connell and Key Account Manager Hannah Oakley attended the ceremony and were very pleased to receive the award.

Liam said “We are delighted to have received an award from KellyOCG for Supplier Excellence at their recent London Summit and feel that this is reward for the effort and skills of the CK Account Management team is supporting the Kelly programs throughout Europe. The CK Group have worked on KellyOCG life science programs since 2009 and have built a strong and professional relationship with them to ensure that both clients and candidates receive the best possible recruitment experience. We look forward to further developing this working relationship for the mutual benefit of all parties over the forthcoming year”.

Find out more about CK here

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