What Can Entrepreneurs Do To Combat The Scourge Of Absenteeism?

Most businesses build the reality of employee absences into their business plan. Employees aren’t going to be there, day in, day out, performing their function for the company. They’re going to need holidays, long weekend breaks and perhaps, afternoons off work to look after their kids. Not being at work is a normal part of working life.

But there’s a fine line between an employee who takes time off, and one that is absent. Absenteeism has been a problem in the modern workplace for as long as most business leaders can remember. It’s something that afflicts small and big businesses alike. Often it’s caused by unhappy, dissatisfied employees who would rather do anything than show up to work. The results can be disastrous. You can end up with missed deadlines, poor customer service, and lost profits.


Recently, PWC did some research looking into how many days a year the average employee is absent. It turned out to be 4.9, which equates to almost one working week. It might not sound like a big number, but remember that number is across all industries. In businesses where absenteeism is high, that number is far work.

The question, therefore, is: what can employers do to combat absenteeism in the workplace?

Have A Disciplinary Procedure

One of the things that entrepreneurs frequently struggle with is stamping their authority on the workplace. Entrepreneurs like to think that everybody in their business is as passionate about it as they are. But the truth is that employees rarely are. That’s why it’s worth putting a clear, disciplinary procedure in place, just in case. If you’ve had disciplinary problems in the past, firms like AFG Law can help. When it comes to disciplining staff, it’s essential that entrepreneurs remain on the right side of the law. Once you’ve got an attendance policy in place, it’s clear to everybody the standards that must be met. This can serve as a motivation in itself for continued good work.

Integrate Work And Life



Most entrepreneurs start their businesses because they want to integrate work and life better. They start up companies because they want to make a difference in the world. They don’t just want to be another cog in the wheel. If entrepreneurs want to get rid of absenteeism, they have to realise that the same desires exist in their employees. That’s why great companies try to implement a great work-life balance. Mike Kappel is the CEO of an accounting firm. He’s found that his employees work best when they have flexible working hours. He also stresses the importance of allowing employees to work from home and giving them generous PTO. This, he says, allows employees to strike a better balance between their home and work lives, meaning they stick around for longer.

Look For Patterns

Kappel doesn’t just offer flexible working. He also looks for patterns in his employee absences. If an employee is absent every third Friday of the month, he asks why. It’s usually because they’ve got some kind of commitment. But often it’s for more sinister reasons.

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Getting Business Renovations Right: Essential Things to Consider

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Sometimes a business needs to be renovated. Perhaps everything is starting to look old-fashioned, or you want to reconfigure a space. Maybe things are starting to fall apart a little, and it all needs an update. Whatever the reason for the renovation, it can take a long time to organise and carry out. Getting everything right can be complicated. There are a number of issues to consider. You have to think about whether you can stay open during renovations and how else it might affect your business. There’s your budget to take into account, and finding the right people to do the work.

Getting the Timing Right

Working out the timing on a business renovation can be difficult. It’s usually made harder if you’re a customer-facing business. For example, a store or a hotel could have problems if they have ongoing renovations disrupting business. Even if you don’t deal with customers face-to-face, it could mean disrupting work for your employees. Deciding on the timeline of your renovations is a vital part of planning it. You might choose to do it all quickly or to complete it in stages. Work out what will happen when different areas are inoperable due to the renovations. Will work be moved elsewhere or will part of your business shut down for a while?

Keeping Things Clean and Safe

Health and safety is essential to consider when you renovate your business. It’s especially important if you will still have staff or customers on site. You need to ensure that they are safe and won’t be affected by the activity, noise, and dust. You’ll need to think about issues such as skip hire so that the site can be kept as clean as possible. It’s a good idea to consider signs and perhaps surrounding the renovation site with wooden boards. They can both improve safety and let people know that business is continuing.

Hiring the Right Contractors

Finding the best contractors for the job can take longer than you might plan for. You need to weigh your options carefully instead of picking the first available one. There are also more professionals than you might think you need at first. For example, you could be speaking to architects, engineers, interior designers, and building planners. Make sure there’s plenty of time to find the right people and to put a plan into place.

Sticking to a Budget

You need to ensure your business has a set budget before you begin. Deciding what this budget might be can be tricky. You’ll have to look at what the renovation is likely to cost alongside what you can afford. It’s possible you could take out a loan to help pay for the renovation. There are many costs you’ll need to take into account. They range from designing your renovation to getting the work done. Don’t get caught out by anything unexpected.

Renovating all or part of your business premises could give them new life. However, it could be an exhausting project. Don’t take it on without considering all it requires.

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4 Biggest Threats to UK Entrepreneurs for 2017

It’s an unpredictable time to be an entrepreneur at the moment. The economic climate is fluctuating wildly, and no one seems to have a definitive answer to how everything might pan out. It is all shaping up to be an interesting 2017. But there are some areas of business that, no matter what will pose a threat to many people’s business plans. I thought I would go through a few of them today – so read on to find out what you can expect from next year.


Cyber Security

While we all hear about attacks on the major corporations on the news, when it comes to smaller businesses, they never seem to hit the headlines. But make no mistake about it, cyber attacks are on the increase, and there are now more small businesses reporting big issues. In fact, around 60 percent of smaller firms have experienced a cyber attack. It’s also worth pointing out that only a third of SMEs feel they have a helpful disaster recovery plan to deal with these threats. Clearly, there is going to start causing a lot more problems in the foreseeable future. It is critical that you have some protection against these online threats. Install security software on all devices and ensure strong passwords are used across your entire company.


With recent news suggesting Article 50 will be triggered in the next six months, we are likely to see the impact of Brexit sooner rather than later. It’s going to be good for some, of course – exporters might find their sales skyrocket. But for the vast majority, the future is a lot more uncertain. Make sure you are aware of the implications of Brexit and start planning for any eventuality now. Failing to do so will mean you aren’t ready, and the prospect could be a disaster.



The Global Economy

The UK isn’t helped by the state of the global economy either. China is almost at a standstill right now in comparison to where it was 18 months ago. And there are concerns we are only a short time away from another severe economic disaster. UK entrepreneurs should seek to keep their options open regarding new markets in other areas. They should also start making plans to deal with the potential of another global crisis.

The Big Talent Drain

Finally, to be a successful business, you have to hire the right talent. The trouble is, talent seems to be flocking elsewhere – the UK reported a loss of professionals during 2015. A lot of young professionals are being tempted by the bright lights and no-tax alternatives in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a big pull for many, and it means UK employers are going to have to up their game. While you might not be able to compete financially, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are attracting talent. Make sure you are renowned for having an excellent company culture, for a start. Flexible working and pension pots are a great way to attract people, as is private healthcare. It does all come at a cost, of course. But without the talent, your business won’t go far.

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The IT Security Threats That Could Take Down Your Business


If you do any business at all online – and most of us do – then I hope you are looking into the right protection. There are hundreds – if not thousands – of genuine threats out there that could result in your business going under. And, even if you manage to stay afloat, losing customer data can be incredibly embarrassing. It’s a PR disaster that you might never recover from. Today, I wanted to highlight some of the most dangerous issues you need to make yourself aware of. Let’s get started right away.

Theft of devices

The increase in remote working for businesses has been a fantastic boost for businesses of all kinds. But it isn’t without its threats. A stolen or lost laptop can easily end up in the wrong hands – and the consequences for companies can be enormous. Customer data, employee records, sensitive information – the list is endless. If you are enjoying the benefits of remote working in your business, ensure you are also taking security seriously. Any data that you allow off-site should be encrypted, so it is unreadable to anyone without a password. It might not be enough to stop the best hackers out there, but it should give you enough protection for most incidents of theft.

Malware and viruses

Malware and viruses have been around for a long time, but they are still a major threat. They get ever more sophisticated by the year, it seems. If you want to protect your business against malicious code, make sure you take cyber security seriously. Robust systems in place will help, of course, but you also need to train and educate your staff. If everyone is aware of recent examples of malicious codes, Trojan horses, and viruses, they will be able to deal with any suspicious threats.



Angry employees

Your employees are likely to have access to many of your IT systems, from your databases through to your social network accounts. It’s an issue for many reasons. What happens if the employee is disgruntled about the way they are treated? Or what happens if a third party gets them to act as an insider? Your employee might even be approached by blackmailers who want access to your data. As you can imagine, one individual could be responsible for a lot of damage. Make sure that you divide up critical tasks and functions so no one has access to everything. You should also make sure that most employees only get access to your social media accounts, rather than full admin rights.

Easy wireless network access

How secure is your wireless network? If you are a small business, the chances are that you setup the wireless as per your service providers instruction. But you are also more likely to keep your default password. The trouble is, lists of these default passwords are available to anyone in the world who wants them. It means that hackers can often access WiFi whenever and wherever they like. The results can have a serious impact on your business, as once a hacker gets into your online system they can wreak havoc. Change those passwords often, And ensure you are encrypting your network with Wi-Fi Protected Access.



Spam & Phishing

Finally, spam and phishing emails are responsible for so many IT security issues that you will experience them on a daily basis. Some you can spot a mile off. But others are far more hard to see through. In recent years, I have received phishing emails that look like they have come from Barclays, Natwest, and even HMRC. And they can be incredibly convincing. It is essential that every person in your business understands the basics about phishing email. And, why it is so important to be alert when opening emails. While mail providers do a fine job in finding spammy messages, they don’t catch them all. All it takes s for a single click or the entry of a password and it can prove catastrophic to your business.

Don’t underestimate the threat of poor IT security. You might think you are a small business who isn’t of interest to a hacker or criminal. But the truth is that this is how they make their money – and you are every bit a target as the major global corporations. The scary thing is that hackers can gain access to your system, steal data, access money, without you even realising. And before you know it, you could be in serious financial strife and have a PR disaster on your plate.

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Recruitment Must Pay Off: The Payroll Tricks You Need to Know

Businesses need to recruit people in order to stay profitable and functional. Evey recruitment decision you make needs to pay off for the company. And most of these decisions are related to the business’s payroll. If you’re not doing things properly, taking care of your payroll can cause you stress and a lot of wasted time. That’s why you need to be aware of all the payroll tricks below.

Use a System That’s Suited to Your Form of Payment

There are systems and software packages that you can use to manage your business’s payroll. You should definitely use one of these systems, but choosing the right way should be done carefully. The most important thing to ensure is that you choose the system that is best suited to your form of payment. Do you pay your employees a fixed salary? Or are they paid by the hour? These payment methods are very different, and your system needs to be able to deal with the one that applies to your company.

Hire the Best People to Help

Your company’s payroll is not always easy to manage. In fact, it can be very difficult indeed. This is something that you should be aware of from the start. There is no shame in admitting that you don’t understand how to keep everything ticking over. The only stupid thing would be to carry on handling the payroll system by yourself when you don’t know what you’re doing. This only leads to mistakes that can be costly and time-consuming to put right later on. So, get the best help you can find. Making use of experienced and professional accountants will make the task so much easier.

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Keep Records and Documents in One Place

Every single document or file relating to the company’s payroll and employees’ individual pay should be kept. Having all this documentation in one place can make life so much easier for you further down the line. You’ll never have to be left rifling through drawers and cabinets when you need a document. And it could be safer to keep paper copies of important documents. But if you do that, make sure that they are stored very carefully. You should keep hold of things like vacation times and tax forms for a fixed period of time before destroying them.

Automate Taxes

Your employees will have to pay income tax and national insurance on what they earn from you. You can make things easier for everyone if you automate this process and use the PAYE system. This is very easy to setup. And it means that all income tax and national insurance contributions are collected automatically. There are factors to take into account though. You don’t need to do this if you don’t hire people who earn more than £112 per week. That means that if everyone works on a part-time basis, the PAYE system might not be needed. You have options that allow you to choose how to run the system. You can let someone else do it for you if you’re not willing to do it alone.


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Rules to Stick By For Online Traders

Rules to Stick By For Online Traders

If you are going to start trading as a day job with an online broker such as CMC Markets, you really need to set some rules aside and stick to them. Having rules can essentially create a positive movement in your profits and give you the confidence, stability and security you need to trade away! Here are some rules that are vital to trading – ones you should stick to if you want to be a success in the world of online trading.

Follow the Three E’s – Enter, Exit and Escape

The basic rule of them all is exactly that. You need an entry price, an exit price and an escape price incase the worst happens and your trade goes down the toilet. Basically before you rapidly press the enter key you need to know when to get, when to get out and what you should do in case disaster strikes. If you want to minimize your losses then having an escape price which is also known as a stop price among many traders can essentially save you from a huge loss.

When the market opens – Don’t trade for the first fifteen minutes

In all honesty the first fifteen minutes when the market opens is the rush traders and when the panic trades take place. All beginners should avoid this time during the market if they are looking for reversals. Wait a while and see what happens if you are looking to make profits happen.

Use limit orders rather than Market Orders

There is a huge difference between market orders and limit orders. Market orders are designed so that your broker buys and sells at the best price. Even though this is good, this isn’t great. Using market orders doesn’t mean you will make any profits. Saying this, by using limit orders you as the trader can control the minimum and maximum price that you want to buy and sell at. Limit orders are highly recommended over market orders for this reason alone.

If you are a beginner avoid using margins

Margins are basically the same as borrowing money from the bank to invest in something. The only difference is that you are basically borrowing from your broker. The simplified way of putting it is that if a trade goes against you then you could lose a lot more money than you expected and essentially have your account closed down. When margin is used in the correct manner it can in effect increase your profits but to do this it takes a huge understanding of the market itself and the methods surrounding the trades which are being made. The bottom line is – if you are a trader in the beginning stages then avoid using margins like the plague until you get your head around trading!

Have a plan on how, what and when to sell

One of the biggest mistakes many traders make is the fact that they research the market, the economy, the stocks and the assets on the basis on what is good to buy. What a lot of traders forget to do is research on when, how and why they should sell it. Create a plan which involves knowing when to exit to increase your profits. This is an important part of trading and just as important, if not more than the trading strategy you are using.

Keep a strict journal

Trading is a job and to do that job right you need to know everything possible. Make a journal of every single trade you make however big or small. Every loss and every profit made needs to be noted. Keep a note of what stocks you were looking at, why you didn’t trade and what the outcome was. To be able to understand yourself as a trader this is vital. If you want to become successful then you need to understand the trading process which you are forming, creating and practicing to be able to improve.

Keep a note of the research you do, any news or reports that are important. Trading can make or break a person and you need to be clear-headed, logical and sensible in all your choices.

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Have You Ever Wondered What Your Employees REALLY Think Of You?

So you’ve got a team of people working for you. When you head into the office each day, you get greeted with a smile and friendly conversation by your team. But, did you know those smiles might be masking some resentment towards you?

The sad truth is that most workers are afraid of speaking out about unfair work practices. As a result, they let that resentment and frustration fester inside of them. And then they will get to a point where they look for a job elsewhere and resign from your company. Of course, they won’t tell you the “real” reasons why they are quitting!


When you run a business, it’s hard to devote 100% of your time to everything! You have to juggle your attention towards the most pressing of matters. Plus, it’s likely you will feel somewhat weary as you’ll need to work long hours too. With that in mind, some company bosses fail to spot the telltale signs of when their staff aren’t happy.

Here are some of the reasons why your workers may have a negative view of you and what you can do about it:

The work is tedious

Every single human being on the planet needs mental stimulation. If we didn’t have challenges to overcome, life would be incredibly boring! As you can imagine, if you do the exact routine every day in your job, you’d have little mental stimulation.

Sure, you might ensure that your staff get treated fairly in their work. But, if that work isn’t varied, they could end up becoming unproductive. That’s because their minds might wander and they could start to make epic mistakes in what they do. And that’s not a good thing to happen, especially with mission-critical tasks!

The way to avoid that problem is simple: make everyone’s jobs more enjoyable. One example could be to give your staff special projects to work on. Another may involve carrying out different tasks each week.


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They get no respect from you

When you hire employees, you are paying them to carry out a series of tasks for you. Some business leaders forget that employees are people with rights. They aren’t slaves! As such, bosses shouldn’t treat their staff with contempt.

Instead, it’s important to make employees feel valued. And it’s vital that you show them how crucial their contributions to the company are. If you don’t treat your workers with respect, expect a high staff turnover. And even investigations into unfair working practices by local government.

You aren’t paying them enough money

Let’s face it. Money is a big motivator when looking for a job. The sad truth is some people feel compelled to take on a job that pays a low wage. Why? Because earning some money is better than being broke and jobless at home!

It’s no secret the job market is in a state of flux. The harsh reality of business is that some bosses take advantage of that fact. They feel they can pay only minimum wages for highly-skilled staff. When, in fact, they should pay according to the person’s skills, experience and value.



Many employers also offer their staff a range of benefits. Again, offer little to no benefits, and your team will feel aggrieved with you.

Some companies are unsure what to pay their staff. Is that the case for you? If so, consider getting an employee pay and benefits guide by Croner, for example. You can also do plenty of online research from notable recruitment websites.

Inflexible working hours

Many employees will have a plethora of commitments outside of work. The most notable ones are children! As you can imagine, parents often find it hard to juggle child care with their working days. If their bosses ask them to stay back to finish a project, it can screw up their plans for that day.

The good news is that more companies are offering flexible working hours to their staff. And, thanks to the Internet, it’s possible to spend some time working from home remotely. If you’ve not given much thought to flexible working hours for your staff, now is the time. Not only will it boost morale in your firm, but your team’s productivity will increase too.

Poor leadership

Last, but not least, some employees might hate you because you aren’t a good leader. Staff need someone at the helm of the ship, as it were. They need to know what goals they should be aiming for. And they must understand why they need to reach those targets.

If you’re not a good leader, consider hiring someone that is.

Good luck!

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Manager Material – The Skills And Qualities Every Boss Needs

So you think you’ve got what it takes to get that promotion, become a manager, and lead your own team? You may think becoming a manager isn’t that much of a step up from your current role. After all, you just need to be responsible for a few extra people, right? Wrong! In fact, there is so much more to being a brilliant boss. First of all, you need to have the following skills and qualities.

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People Skills

This is probably the main skill every manager and boss needs. You need to be able to communicate effectively with everyone you work with. That includes those above and below you in your company’s hierarchy. By liaising effectively between different people, you are opening up communication streams. And this will help those working under you feel like their voices are being heard. You also need to be able to let everyone know exactly what you expect from them. That way, operations continue to run smoothly. If there ever is a problem, your employees will not have a problem raising it with you.


It is super important to be aware of what is going on the company. You also need a keen eye so that you can tell if something is ever going on with your staff. If you believe that one of your employees is having a tough time at home, it may be worth having a chat with them. Then you can see if you need to make things easier for them at work. You will find that managing sickness absence will help you keep track of employees and to figure out when things may be going wrong.


You need to be able to know when to manage other people and when to get on with your own work. When it is time to do your own stuff, focus is a very important skill to have. You will find that there are many distractions in your office. These can range from noisy coworkers to people continually asking you questions. You need to be able to filter all this so you can get your work done. Otherwise, all your employees might end up working harder than you! And that won’t do office morale any good.

Know What Won’t Work

Don’t beat yourself up if you start a strategy or project that doesn’t get seen all the way through. Nothing is guaranteed to work, and you have to understand that not everything you try will be a success. Once you realize that something isn’t working as you expected, leave it and move on. It’s time to think of a new strategy. Once you know what doesn’t work, stay away from those methods and concentrate on what does. Don’t just try and stick with something to try and save face!

Getting a promotion to a management position will certainly do wonders for your career. Just don’t forget about these all-important managerial skills and qualities. It could be the end of your new position!

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Letting You Know The Things About Letting You Need To Know

If you want to be smart with your money, you have to do more than work for it. Most of the richest people in the world get smart not through their jobs but through their investments. Investing in trades, businesses and property. When it comes to a long-term investment, buying-to-let can be a very reliable method. It helps people set up a retirement or climb higher in the financial game. But you have to do it right. Here, we’re going to let you know what you need to know about letting.


Getting a mortgage
Most people aren’t going to be able to flat-out pay for a buy-to-let house. For those who need to mortgage it, they need to look at the deal they’re getting in a variety of ways. First, they should be shopping around comparing different deals. It’s not just about the rates of interest or how much you have to pay each month. A lot of the better buy-to-let mortgages also have significant arrangement fees. You should also be sure that you have the means to pay for the mortgage in the worst case scenario. Obviously, in the best case, your rental properties should be helping you pay any mortgages. But you need to be prepared for the possibility that the house will go empty for a month or two.

Researching the locations
Once you’ve got your mortgage set, you need to look at the properties themselves. It’s a good idea to look at the area of the property and surrounding it. For real profit potential, you want to keep your ear to the ground for any areas that are seeing ongoing or future developments. These development hubs appear in cities and towns now and then and are the single biggest factor in property profitability. Looking at Buy-To-Let indices is a good way to see more general, stable returns on homes. You can also get a better idea by looking at the kinds of people and facilities in the location. Investing in student properties is a good way to get a steady income but requires a lot of work finding tenants regularly, for instance.



A helping hand
Throughout the process of buying and more, you want to make sure you have the right experts on your side. For example, groups like commercial conveyancing solicitors, Bannister Preston, when buying a home. The right conveyancing partners can help you oversee the transaction of buying the home. Making sure it’s in your favour and proceeding as smoothly as it should be. Legal teams can also help you make sure that your rental contracts and obligations are seen to. This helps you understand all your responsibilities. In terms of managing the home, you might also consider whether or not estate agents could take some of the work off your plate.

Setting your price
Money is the aim of the game, so it’s only right that you seriously consider what the price of your home will be. It’s a good idea to get a look at sources in your area. There are some objective qualities that will help you set your price, too. Qualities like the amount of rooms, physical measurements, updates and layouts can have a huge impact. You might want to push to the upper limit on what you could ask for rent. Particularly to get returns back on your investment quickly. However, if you’re not setting prices competitively enough, you will get a lot less interest. Consider investing for income as opposed to making huge returns immediately. That will end up being a more reliable option in the long-term.



Improving your investment
Of course, if you’re actively working to improve the quality of your investment, you should be pushing for a bit more rent. Home ownership continues to fall, meaning that more people are not only looking for places to rent, but high-quality options. You can fill the niche of top quality homes-to-let if you’re willing to put the work in. The bathroom and kitchen are two of the rooms with most potential for improving that value. If you have the space and permission, you should consider adding more square footage to the home. At the same time, consider the amount of garden space you keep. A view over a garden can do wonders for the appeal of a home.

Finding your tenants
Naturally, the most important part of getting a buy-to-let house is that you’re actually able to let it. One of the most common options is to entrust that duty to estate agents. Those agents can act as a bridge for landlords and tenants when the landlord isn’t able to put the effort in. However, you could be cutting off a sizeable portion of potential profit relying on them. If you’re starting with one property, it could be a better idea to learn how to find the right tenants yourself. Rental websites and social media could help you cover the digital side of advertising. It’s important to recognise that there are still plenty of good opportunities to be found in print media and local word-of-mouth.



Being a good landlord
When you’ve decided that a tenant seems like they would be a good, reliable fit, then it’s about managing your relationship with them. Your responsibilities often go further than just giving them a roof over their heads. For instance, it could be in your best interest to be the one who oversees all home maintenance. Establish a proper procedure that ensures prompt response times on your end. Make sure that you give the proper notice before visiting the property, which you do to check any issues tenants may not have noticed. Make sure any communication between you and the tenant is documented. You should also act like they’re doing the same, so keep check on how you speak with them.

From how you finance it to how you deal with your tenants. Every step in buying-to-let can make or break the deal. We hope the points above help you navigate those sometimes choppy waters to great success.

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The Road To Recovery: Helping Yourself Heal After An Accident


Getting back on track after a serious accident can take a lot of time. As well as time-consuming, it can also be a huge strain on your emotions. During this frustrating time, it can often be difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But, no matter how difficult you find this situation, it is always important to stay positive on your journey to recovery. Having a positive mental attitude can be one of the best ways to get back to your former self after a major trauma. But that isn’t the only way, though. In this blog, I’ll outline some of the best ways you can take care of yourself and help get back to being who you were before the accident.

Take Things Slow

It is very important not to rush your recovery. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! And that is especially the case when it comes to the healing process. Don’t try and push yourself too much. Otherwise, this could result in you injuring yourself, which can only increase the time your body needs to recover. Take things day by day, and make sure that you spend plenty of time resting, especially in the first few weeks after the accident.



Listen To Doctors

Your doctors will know exactly what you need to do to get better. So if they say you need to stay in hospital for at least a month, then you need to take this advice on board. It isn’t worth discharging yourself early, no matter how well you may think you feel. It is also imperative to keep on taking any drugs and other medication prescribed to you until you have completed the full course. Don’t just stop taking your medication because you feel better; this could result in a relapse. Your doctors and nurses want to get you back to full health as soon as possible. So listen to their every word and follow all the advice that they give you. You will then find that there are hardly any delays in your recovery.

Adapt To A New Way Of Life

If you have been in a particularly bad accident, some of your injuries may require you to adapt to a new way of life. For example, you might now have reduced mobility and could need a wheelchair. So there are certain adaptations that you will need to make to your life. Your home may need to be adapted for independent wheelchair access. It could also be worth having some special appliances and equipment installed in your home. If this is the case, it is important that you don’t try and resist the adaptations. By accepting your new life, you will be able to adapt better. Resisting could result in you injuring yourself and setting back your recovery time.



Seek Financial Help

Going back to work might not be an option for a prolonged period of time after your accident. Because of this, you might have to reassess your finances to help you stay afloat during your recovery. If you have managed to save plenty before the accident, you could have enough to live off without resorting to other funding. And don’t forget that you will be eligible to statutory sick pay for a limited amount of time while you are off work. This is only paid for twenty-eight weeks. After this period, it is up to your employer whether they still pay you or not. If they choose not to, then there are other ways you can receive money. There are a number of charities that specialise in getting money for those who are too ill to work. If you have limited mobility once you return home from hospital, you may not be able to return to your previous job. In this case, think about alternative work you can do from home, such as blogging or becoming a virtual assistant.



Get Help From Family And Friends

Your friends and family will be very keen to help you during this difficult time. However, some people may let pride get in the way, and they may not take up these offers of help. Don’t let this be you! If someone wants to help, let them! They will want to do everything they can to help you after your accident, so embrace the offers of help to make things easier for yourself.

Life after a major accident can be a big change. Just remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and you’ll get there eventually.

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