Over my 45-year career in the residential property industry I have gained an incredible amount of experience and have enjoyed some wonderful highlights but, along the way, there have been some darker moments where my resolve and resilience have been seriously tested.
Despite the hope created by the rollout of vaccines, today’s covid-dominated world continues to test our resilience and we are all having to deal with challenges that impact on our mental well-being both now and, most likely, into the future.
As one of the founder members of the charitable foundation Agents Together, I am acutely aware of the impact on individuals, businesses and the wider property industry. Our recent workplace survey produced some worrying statistics on the scale of the issues. The full 36-page report can be found in the hub section of the Agents Together website, and I urge you to take a look and think about yourself and your business. If you feel you can get involved or would benefit from some of the resources available, please make contact.
While there is a growing understanding that issues exist, it is vital that we seek solutions both for ourselves and to help others, as poor mental well-being results in absenteeism and is often responsible for poor productivity among those who still present themselves at work despite being ill.
Since starting in estate agency aged 16, I have always invested in trying to be the best I can be, improving my knowledge and skills and not simply hoping or relying on others to provide the necessary input by way of training and development. Of course I have benefited from the support and leadership of others, but I have never simply handed my career in at the door when joining a new employer and asked them to look after it for me!