Requires improvement

Seriously, this one really does. Imagine working somewhere and you are off sick with stress and then read that where you were working had an inspection leading to being judged as “Requires Improvement”. More than that though, you had already raised your concerns with your employer and then you see the report shared on social media and you and a colleague press “like”.

Image with a computer screen with a thumbs up like the Like symbol on social media.  A hand and arm either side of the image, both with a long finger pointing at the Like symbol.  This is referencing two people pressing the Like button on social media.

Anyway, listen on.  The manager of the two people saw the Likes on social and then sent them both a warning by email.  Seriously, what would you make of all this?

No procedure followed, no investigation into potential misconduct.  The report was in the public domain so what had the employees done?  Not showed loyalty to an organisation that had high levels of turnover and sickness.  

What do you think of this one?  Would you expect to have control over what your employees Like online?  What about the manager taking it into their own hands and issuing warnings?  What do you think the outcome could be here?  A warning for the staff or the manager?

Get in touch if you have something to discuss.

Hold onto your bots

Hold onto your bots illustration spiders word Mars asking how businesses are looking after people - staff retention

Holding onto your bots can be quite a challenge.  As people go round and round the labour market looking for the best they can find, you may need to think about how to attract and retain your bots.  

There’s more to benefits than a couple of day’s a year to volunteer.  That may sound all well and good but have you covered the basics like a fair salary, good holiday allowance, compassionate leave etc.  Let’s face it, we all need money and so many companies are now offering vouchers and stuff like that as benefits but we can’t pay our gas bills with vouchers.  Money first, extras after.  What do you think? 

Think about how much money a business will spend paying people to find people for jobs where the turnover is high, often due to low pay.  What really makes sense and how best can a business use its talent?

Interview time :-)

Inktober 2023 Dream illustration someone having an interview and being asked unnecessary questions

Who’s been in those interviews where you are asked so many unnecessary questions?  Then when you get the job none of the skills that were asked for were even utilised or you were blocked in your progression.  Still, life is but a dream as they say, no wonder people daydream in interviews.  That’s what a little bird has told me anyway.

Tip:  be fair, keep notes, plan questions, only ask for what you will be using

The Aldridge Audio Typist

Aldridge Audio Typist, graphic of person

The Aldridge Audio Typist really is a sought after person.  Over the years there has been less and less dictation in offices so these people can be hard to find (bit like people who use shorthand too).  So what if things change?

It could now get tricky to be honest.  That’s one reason to keep your website and social media up-to-date showing your HR policies and procedures.  You know, reasons that people would like to work for you.

As people know people, this could be a good way of finding the people who you want at the right time.

Please get in touch if you would like me to work with you on your website and social media to get your HR messages out there.


The Fox and Dogs

Vintage puppets and ornaments Fox and dog Pelham puppet

It’s really more than a pub name, the Fox and Dogs.  Just look at this cute assemble, how gorgeous do they look, especially with vintage Christmas lights.  Get in touch if you would like me to create images for you and work with you on campaigns.

Sweet campaigns

Sweet campaigns image of vintage boxer puppy puppet Pelham puppet with poppy flower

This really is a sweet campaign.  I can work with you creating images that can promote your business.  You may have a pet business, be a dog groomer or a dog walker.  Please get in touch to discuss any of your requirements.  I can create graphics and images for social media, your websites and for print.  I also produce content.

Ska d’cat – that’s right, that’s right, that’s right …

Ska d'cat art work - illustration two tone cat on sideboard with blowers and next to a figure standing up

Ska art with a twist …

Ska d’cat comes out at night but then again, can be pretty lively in the day too.  This is a special cat, black and white, at one with the world out there.  A lover of ska and two tone, this cat loves flowers too and standing on sideboards giving flowers to someone who looks a bit like a Pharoah.  Original art work for you.

Ska d’cat original art work £40 including postage in the UK. 


The food queue

Graphic = Why am I seeing poverty every day and why are the people giving food away driving Mercedes and Range Rovers and wearing Hugo Boss?

Every day the poverty is clear.  Crossing the town the queue for the food seems to be getting longer.  How come the people giving it away drive Mercedes and Range Rovers and wear Hugo Boss?

The Life of a Market Trader – 11/4/23

Graphic of woman with flowers caption The Life of a Market Trader

The day started with the trolley, this time I didn’t take as much as the previous two times.  I was going to focus more on my cards now at the market.  Travel was fine, it’s easy enough to get the trolley on and off the bus and the bus drivers are always so nice to me.  I sit up the front of the bus so all’s fine.

The people you get in Birmingham at the Rag Market are quite a mix.  I’ve seen lots of older white people, some of them looking quite poor (although maybe they aren’t) and many of the younger people are immigrants.  The people who have stopped to chat to me I think are just looking for a chat, but to be fair I’ve done that as well when I’m out and about and I’m not buying all the time either. 

There’s plenty of alcholics and probably drug users around the city.  I see that too in Walsall.  I’ve seen people eyeing up my stall and realising that there’s no ready money on my table, it’s all original art work and wouldn’t sell quickly and easily.  That means that theft is low (so far anyway, which is good).  It may be different if I was selling lighters, for instance.

I’ve got chatting to a few people who seemed like they had mental health issues, as you get chatting you get a sense of this.  That’s fine by me, I’m just saying.  Some man asked if he could rest his legs and sat on a table.  He told me that he struggles with his feet being on the ground because of nerves in his feet (I think) and years of being an alcoholic.  Other than that, people are just walking around and some look at my stall and others don’t.

One of the nicest things being on the market is the other traders.  I’ve learnt a lot from them and love their approach to life.  They have an optimism that I admire in people and they are good to be around.  I suppose that’s what self-employment does to people.

I’ll be on the Rag Market once a month, all being well.  Dates will be shared on my social and should be on my website too, so keep an eye out if you are interested.  You can buy my work through my website too.