by Pavneet Khurana, People + Culture Partner at Unleashed

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In the People space, we talk a lot about inclusion, the positive impact of psychological safety and fighting overt discrimination — but we don’t often talk about microaggressions.

Why the hell not?

Microaggressions are far too easy to sweep under the rug. We often don’t realise what they are or that they’re happening because they’re so hidden. Hidden within conversations, AND hidden because of our own naivety to the impact they’re having on people.

But their very existence is causing tears, rips and holes in your culture. So that’s where we’re…


An Unleashed guest blog by Mica Vaipan, a performance + wellbeing coach and founder of New Baseline

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A person writes in an open journal, surrounded by coffee, glasses and a computer
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How many times have you found yourself going to bed at night only to have your thoughts start spinning in your head? Thought after thought cobwebbing your mind, compounding your worries and anxieties. All you want to do is get rid of them, make them stop. But they simply won’t go away. So what can you do instead? You can explore your worries constructively by working your way through your thoughts.

You may be thinking to yourself — “But am I not exploring…


Read on for some inspiring words of wisdom from the UK’s mental health experts at Mental Health First Aid England, who are on a mission to improve the nation’s mental health.

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A picture of Ama smiling
Ama Afrifra-Tchie, MHFA England’s Head of People, Wellbeing and Equity

Like most companies over the past fourteen months, Mental Health First Aid (MHFAE) England’s team hasn’t been immune from the impact of COVID-19. Like its own clients — many of them leading UK businesses — MHFAE had to pivot early in the pandemic. This meant moving the entirety of its Mental Health training courses from face to face to virtual, pretty much overnight. With this pivot, the organisation and its team had to adapt rapidly to new ways of working whilst trying to balance working at home (during a pandemic). It’s no wonder that the pandemic’s impact on the team’s…


By Jacquie Williamson, People + Culture Partner @ Unleashed

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A stylised, brightly coloured image depicting two intertwined hands
Photo via Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Over the past few weeks, as I come to the 3-month mark with Unleashed, I’ve been reflecting on my time so far and wondering why it has felt relatively easy to start a new (and very different) role, mid-lockdown while homeschooling 2 children. The answer? I’ve found my fit.

For anyone out there looking for a new role (or maybe even considering applying to Unleashed in future😉) I wanted to provide a little insight into my journey from my first meeting with the team until today. My hope is that reading…


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A rainbow of coloured chalk against a black background
Photo via Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

On top of helping fast-growth businesses scale both sustainably and successfully through People + Culture, a key element of our mission at Unleashed is to create fulfilling work lives to boot!

So, in honour of National Careers Week which took place earlier this month, we were keen to deepen our understanding of the future of work — and, for a change, focus our attention not on what the workplace of the future will look like, but instead, on the people who will be working in it.

Are we setting our young people up well enough to live fulfilling work lives…


How to have truly impactful, individualised career conversations

by Hannah Keal, Managing Partner @ Unleashed

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A table showing a child drawing and a pile of craft paper and equipment
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What did you want to be when you grew up? If you’d have asked me when I was 8 years old, I would have said a Marine Biologist — inspired by Anita Ganeri’s masterwork Odious Oceans. Unfortunately, this dream quickly took a knock when I realised that I was abysmal at science and was properly put to bed when I had my first panic attack whilst snorkelling.

My next idea was also inspired by a book (there’s a theme here!) — this time To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s complicated classic. This time…


Common startup myths and other short stories

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Written by Unleashed People + Culture Partner, Michaela Bartlam

I’d like to caveat this post with a short statement: I love working with startups. I love working with amazing, entrepreneurial Founders; with talented and passionate teams, working on something that’s really making a difference. I find startup life exciting, fast-paced, thrilling, impactful and really rewarding!

Working in a startup, however, is not a walk in the park. One thing is for sure — if you’re thinking about a career in startups, be ready to jump on board a speed boat!

At Unleashed, we’re lucky enough to get to work with…


by Anouk Agussol, CEO + Founder @ Unleashed

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Back in 2018, I wrote a blog piece called Onboarding, Schmonboarding. I like to think my writing style (and rhyming ability) has since improved — but my belief that good onboarding is critical to high performance, productivity and engagement hasn’t changed. In fact, now that more of us are being onboarding remotely — I think it’s become even more crucial to get this right.

Last year, we shared this remote onboarding playbook which we know many businesses, have benefited greatly from and been able to apply to their context and culture.

For…


Simon Mellin, Founder + CEO, The Modern Milkman

This month, People + Culture Partner, Michaela Bartlam, sat down with the Founder + CEO of The Modern Milkman, Simon Mellin.

“A milkround with a mission to reduce plastic waste.” When you read that statement, you just know there’s going to be an interesting story behind it…

The Modern Milkman’s goal is to revolutionise consumer habits by delivering fresh ways to return and reuse packaging, shop ethically, and feel good about convenience. This vision to reset our throwaway society was born from Simon’s experience within the food + farming industries, as well as David Attenborough’s call for action to combat…


Written by Unleashed founder, Anouk Agussol

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This picture depicts books and loose pages. Written across two of the open books is the phrase ‘turn the page’.
Photo by Daniel Schludi via Unsplash

“Stories are our primary tools of learning and teaching, the repositories of our lore and legends. They bring order into our confusing world. Think about how many times a day you use stories to pass along data, insights, memories or common-sense advice.” — Edward Miller

Let me take you back to 1940s France. Picture the expansive mountains of the Pyrenees. Beneath this scene sat a group of curious schoolchildren who discovered drawings of rituals and hunting practices believed to date back to 13000BC. They had stumbled upon the earliest evidence of storytelling.

We all…

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