All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

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Time: 14:00
Date: Friday 26 February 2021
Where: Online – MS Teams

The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst).

If you would like to register a question ahead of the event, please email MST@parliament.uk. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

To book to join this session, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3842 

British Psychological Society – Cognitive Strain in Parliament

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Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Date: Friday 19 February 2021

The relationships between well-being and work have long been recognised, however the role of these in the fields of politics and government have not historically received the attention they deserve.

Research conducted by psychologists within the UK Parliament has been the focus of a recent report published by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

It highlighted potential sources of psychological pressure and developed recommendations to help the political workplace foster improved well-being for all its staff. Two members of the team Dr Ashley Weinberg, Chair of the BPS Political Psychology Section, and Andrew Baldwin, BPS Policy Advisor (Work), will present the report’s findings and its implications for political staff.

To join, please email mpsstaff-wwg@parliament.uk

All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

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Time: 14:00
Date: Friday 26 February 2021
Where: Online – MS Teams

The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst).

If you would like to register a question ahead of the event, please email MST@parliament.uk. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

To book to join this session, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3842 

Virtual Meeting – Work, stress and wellbeing with Professor Tarani Chandola

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Work, stress and wellbeing – some observations over my research career

Monday 22nd February 2021, 11am – 12pm

The talk will review research on work, stress and wellbeing, highlighting some key findings from studies such as the Whitehall II study on stress and health among civil servants. Professor Chandola will talk about how work stress is measured, who is more likely to get stressed and what can we do to reduce stress at work. There will be an open discussion of what work stress means for participants joining the event, and how the current pandemic context has impacted on the stress levels of participants.

Tarani Chandola: Biography

Tarani is a Professor of Medical Sociology. He is a co-director of the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health and is also the co-director for the SOC-B (Social-Biological) Centre for Doctoral Training funded by the ESRC and BBSRC. Professor Chandola is a member of the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network, fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Statistical Society and is an Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sociology.

Professor Chandola joined the University of Manchester in April 2010, is the Head of the Department of Social Statistics and the former Director of the Cathie Marsh Institute (2013-2016). He was formerly at the UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and prior to that completed his PhD and post-doc at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Tarani’s research is primarily on the social determinants of health, focusing on health inequalities and psychosocial factors, and the analysis of longitudinal cohort studies.

To register to join this meeting, please RSVP to mpsstaff-wwg@parliament.uk

Things to do…

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Ok, so as fun and rewarding as your job may be you can’t, and you shouldn’t, spend all of your time busy with work. Trying to avoid work can be especially hard when you’re spending so much time at home. But, have no fear, W4MP comes to you with a solution! Below are a list of fun activities to keep you busy, keep you thinking, and keep you sane. 

Online Activities to keep you busy offline during the lockdown

Here are some activities that we think will help you stay busy during the lockdown.

Moving around

  • Fitness: If you’re missing the gym, or want to get into exercise for the first time, then P.E with JOE is probably the best place to start. Joe offers a really wide array of online classes that are suited to people of all abilities.
  • Yoga: If you’re looking for something a bit more structured, then maybe online yoga is for you. Yoga with Adriene varies from soft and gentle to thoroughly exhausting.
  • Ballet: The Dutch National Opera and Ballet, as part of their stay at home series, are streaming online Ballet Classes on their YouTube page. Classes come out once a week and are about thirty minutes long.

Cooking

  • There are two kinds of people during a lockdown. People making sourdough and people struggling to find flour. If you’re in the first camp then Breadahead’s online baking course is for you. Live at 2pm (GMT) everyday on Instagram live, Breadahead teaches you how to make a wide variety of loaves from Focaccia to Ciabatta.

Hobbies