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#LoveAmateurs

This week we want to know from you how we can build a more loving society?

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#LOVEAMATEURS

This week we want to know from you how you get close to the people around you. From listening to leaving how do you build intimacy?

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#loveamateurs

This week we want to know from you how you get on with the people you work with. From flattery to flirting how do you build love at work?

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@TT122

do what your gut tells you…

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@TT121

get in….get out

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@TT120

remember why you started your job….

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@TT119

if you’re giving therapy get therapy…

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@TT118

don’t put everything into work…..

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Top tip for surviving technology

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@TT117

don’t take anything personally…

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@TT117

make your own family…

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@TT116

go somewhere you feel safe….

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@tt115

find out where they live….

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@tt114

don’t go for the drink…..

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@tt113

take the risk and open up to one person at work….

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@tt111

deep breath….

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@tt110

bag of wine gums….

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@tt48

if you think you’ve tried your best….

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@tt46

Meditate….

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@DB

read a novel in your lunch break…..

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@JW

remember what’s important in your life….

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@LC

try to understand why…..

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@SG

don’t give in to it….

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@tt45

without question join a union…

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@tt44

express yourself….

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@tt43

don’t hesitate to give people support….

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@tt42

get things in perspective….

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@tt41

don’t go in…

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@tt40

don’t take anything personal if you can….

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@CA

I don’t know if its a curse but I’m very honest….

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@CA

it is just taking it one day….

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@AH

even if its minor try to find something positive…

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@J

1 mini lay in a week. Planned in advance so that could be a meeting near home, a cheeky 10 am scheduled first meeting or some other appointment/errand …whatever I still do plenty of hours but that 1 sneaky snooze powers me through till Friday!

@FA

Top tips for surviving unemployment: Keep on Truckin’

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@FA

Top tip for surviving unemployment: Make yourself big before your next job interview

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@FA

Top tips for surviving unemployment: Grill your successful friends.

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@FA

Top tips for surviving unemployment: Be Creative.

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@FA

Top tips for surviving unemployment: Watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 

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@FA

Top tip for surviving unemployment: Go out running (or power walking).

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@FA

Top tips for surviving unemployment: Get a Kimono.

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@FA

Top tip for surviving unemployment: Don’t lie in.

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@TopTip38

don’t be afraid to ask for help

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@TopTip37

I don’t know whether I can repeat it

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@TopTip36

don’t get muddled up

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@TopTip35

at the end of the day its about money

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@TopTip34

anything you have is only as good as your job

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@TopTip33

stand up for yourself, man

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@Toptip32

Stand up for yourself..there was a time when I didn’t..

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@ONHF

Let’s cut the serious stuff and get down to some heavy mucking about

@G

when you get the letter saying the registered office is now in Guernsey;

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@Toptip29

Ring the Samaritans, they are bloody great..

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@DR

Never put off a difficult conversation. They just become harder, more stressful and more time consuming

@Toptip28

Just remember its all bullshit..

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@DR

Don’t let the phone rule. Respect those you are conversing with face to face and let technology take care of the rest.

@Toptip27

It’s only a job…

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@DJ

Start day with task you least want to do. Eating a frog I believe it is called..rest of day better..

@TT26

Switch your blackberry off…

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@TH

would definitely be: Ask for help when you need it.

@Toptip25

As a rugby player…..

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@AC

A large stash of tea and biscuits. But they must be good biscuits

@SM

Afternoon! Power ballads are getting me through today :-)

@DSL

Don’t look at work emails until Monday morning…no matter how tempting!

@LR

Thinking space is a must, so that you are able to consider things rather than react to them. Have an outlet outside of work, a passion, mine is pottery!

@Toptip24

Talk to people even if they’re people you don’t like…

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@M

Make sure you don’t lose the fire in your belly.

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@PL

Stay motivated.

@DSR

Hot cup of coffee. Altough in México its pretty hot right now. So, I recommend a capuccino frappé.

@Toptip23

Look after yourself and look after those people that work with you..

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@A

Don’t think about the end of the day, focus on the present, otherwise it will take forever to come. And smoke crack..

@DP

Keep perspective.

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@Toptip22

Get it out of your system…as rude as possible…

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@MG

Join a union, find out about your rights, don’t let the bosses divide you

@VN

Michel de Certeau’s idea of “la perruque”

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@Toptip21

Friends….

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@LW

Connect with your single purpose for the day. Use it to make your to-do list shorter, and enjoy your achievements when the sun goes down.

@N

Know why you are working – right now.

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@Toptip20

Stand up for yourself….

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@VC

Happiness at work is: travelling to the secret erotic utopia of my imagination.

@PC

Make yourself a good and large amount of tea, coffee or

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@EP

It might be a little late, but: The largest cup of tea one can imagine plus Guns’n’Roses-Alice Cooper-all 80’s mixed together-music

@JB

Just accept that sometimes you work with colleagues that don’t care.

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@Toptip18

Just work less…

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@Toptip17

Ask for help when you need it..biscuit…

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@Toptip16

Having a good birth…how important it is for babies to be grown well..

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@GRS

Hmm – figure out what’s not in your control, figure out the the (very small amount of) things that are, and try to focus only on the latter

@DH

Do nice things for colleagues without them knowing (even if you don’t like them!).

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@BG

Understand your own motivation to work.

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@Toptip15

Don’t send an email in anger….

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@Toptip14

Get some enjoyment…

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@DT

make it meaningful. make sure you do something that contributes value to the people you are serving and if you are not doing that at the moment, simply change or try a second career on the side as a social entrepreneur perhaps.

@Toptip13

have a laugh with a friend who understands it..

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@B

Feel you are being harassed/bullied at work, keep a diary, write notes to yourself, create a timeline and JOIN A UNION!

@MM

Join a union and start organising

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@LSL

1) Have a moral guide – it gets confused with right and wrong in the work place

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@BB

Try to do your work with a positive attitude and avoid negative people.

@LA

1) Keep learning. 2) Make lists. 3) Change BlackBerry ringer to ‘phone only’. 4) Keep 1 day a week free of meetings.

@Toptip12

I try to tune people out….

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@Toptips11

Moaning and bitching at my other half…

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@SA

a wicked sense of humour :)

@Toptip10

Have somebody to talk to…who won’t judge you

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@PB

Always take a lunch break and ideally have a walk, and take regular time off to do something you enjoy.

@MM

have a good breakfast and take regular screen breaks!! :)

@Toptip9

Don’t go to work just for money….

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@SR

Never forget your goals, whether theyre just ones for today or your whole life. Also tea. Lots of it

@MW

I do voluntary work 2 days I week but I think it is all about getting the work/family balance right and having fun

@BW

If you can join a union, do so. You may find you are not the only one having a hard time.

@PJ

Just think there is always a job worse than urs

@Toptip8

Not doing work when you’re not at work…

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@NB

creating a positive environment, work should never be a chore, smiling through the day is the best remedy!

@BR

Focus solely on work when you’re at work – leave it entirely behind when you’re not working. Set email to the OFF position, and get outside for some fresh air… :)

@AM

Remember it’s just work and you can walk away at the end of the day.

@TSW

Join a trade union. Stronger together…use the union finder at worksmart.org.uk to find out more

@Toptip7

It can’t be the be all and end all…

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@Toptips6

Leave it at work….

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@CGB

smile ! Seriously – surround yourself with enthusiasts

@GT

Enjoying what you do! And, laughter helps. :)

@SH

Don’t be a pleaser, because in the end, you will be pleasing everyone else except yourself – find a happy medium :-)

@BR

One more tip – you don’t need permission from ANYBODY. ;)

@Toptip5

Knowing that there are people that you can go to…

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@SH

first day of surviving, I am looking back at how I could have let myself be so desperate to please, yet lost my self respect

@Toptip4

Do something else….

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@CL

always book my leave ahead so I have something to look forward to :)

@LH

View the terrain from different perspectives, ideally from above (not from ‘in it’) and avoid games!

@Toptip3

Get to know who you can trust….

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@DN

Love emanates from within…we must be our own best friend!

@MS

Join a union! Best way to ensure you have a fair say!

@CT

run in the morning, headstand. Don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes it’s other people’s shit that’s the issue.

@LVF

Unless you’re absorbed and happy, stop after 45 mins and go for a wander. And don’t get involved in office politics. Remember that you were given only one mouth and two ears for a very good reason. Be aware but don’t join in.

@Toptip1

Remembering that you have a life outside work….

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@W

I stay calm remember it is only a job and that it is only a part of my life – there are many other strands to my life.

@AFG

Our top tip is put things into perspective, organise and don’t let things overwhelm you

@WL

Definitely doing work you LOVE & having a sustainable balanced life outside of work. How about you?

@CHS

hobbies or other interests/ have a confidant / do work you care about/ speak your mind (appropriately) / apply yourself 100%

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@OJ

Only work with people you like. The others aren’t worth the stress in the end, and there’s plenty of nice people!

@AMB

It’s good to remind yourself what you like about your job and not just focus on negatives.

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@SC

1.  Cultivate friends and acquaintances who are interested in you, not your job.

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@MM

Join a union and start organising and campaigning around making work something that is fulfilling and humanising, not something to be survived. 

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@DT

Make it meaningful. make sure you do something that contributes value to the people you are serving and if you are not doing that at the moment, simply change or try a second career on the side as a social entrepreneur perhaps.

@BG

Understand your own motivation to work. And make sure that you differentiate clearly between intrinsic and extrinsic goals…

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@SC

Join a union. Union workplaces are safer workplaces.

@DH

Do nice things for colleagues without them knowing (even if you don’t like them!).

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@NC

My own view is keep family and work separate.

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@TUC

Naturally we think the best way to survive and even enjoy work is to be part of a union.

@HJP

Talk with clever and interesting people (that’s actually my job, luckily ;))

@ID

Stay friends with the cleaner

@AAW

be your own boss.

@AK

Plug the earphones in and listen to the first act of ‘Die Walküre’ – well, that’s how I’ve managed this morning. :-) and imagined myself in a helicopter. :-)

@VV

lol that’s a toughie!…see no evil, speak no evil & hear no evil & hope for the best! very difficult! (& don’t mention unions)

@GRS

Hmm – figure out what’s not in your control, figure out the the (very small amount of) things that are, and try to focus only on the latter

@KM

Keep smiling. Drink herbal tea. Realise it will all be over by 17:30.

@TP

I’m very much afraid it’s “Don’t go in”…

@B1

Make your coffee loving boss a mug of tea with four sugars and the tea bag left in it.You’ll feel better for it.

@CB

Going on holiday but liking your co workers when u have to work.

@DD

Mini doughnuts! :-)

@NW

Morning! Pause and re-read that email before pressing send!

@DR

Don’t let the phone rule. Respect those you are conversing with face to face and let technology take care of the rest.

@JB

Just accept that sometimes you work with colleagues that don’t care.

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@HA

Make sure to have lunch away from my desk

@MU

My top tip is simple, retire!

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@SB

Mom gave me sound advice when choosing job. “Doctor or toilet cleaner – there’ll always be a day u wake up & don’t want to go”

@SM

Afternoon! Power ballads are getting me through today :-)

@DLR

Take a regular walk away from your office….and return only occasionally!

@SM

Afternoon! Power ballads are getting me through today :-)

@CH

Good coffee, a small chocolate stash, breaks now & then & recognising ur progress even when you feel swamped.And inventive swearing when it gets really bad….

@MBT

Learn to be assertive

@LG

Don’t die. The only thing you need to do to survive is not die,

@PDP

Plenty of cups of tea and amnesty from the department swear box! Oh and finishing early lol

@PW

Hmmmm let me see now, taking a day off and driving to Peterborough perhaps?

@WV

Find something you love to do, then it doesn’t feel like work in the first place

@EP

It might be a little late, but: The largest cup of tea one can imagine plus Guns’n’Roses-Alice Cooper-all 80’s mixed together-music

TOP TIPS @ONHF

Let’s cut the serious stuff and get down to some heavy mucking about

TOP TIPS @DC

Finding creative ways to accomplish mundane corporate tasks: not becoming an automaton.

@EC

Never forget who you are or were you came from

TOP TIPS @SD

Simply ‘Do it now’… Old, cliched, but true. Don’t put off till tomorrow the things you can do today. It works, most of the time :-)

TOP TIPS @NX

Love your Work, as in Love what you do, and be organised! Work is easy and a pleasure… And not like work really :)

TOP TIPS @AL

Enjoy your job. Concentrate on what you are doing to make things better, and enjoy it.

TOP TIPS @DSL

Don’t look at work emails until Monday morning…no matter how tempting!

TOP TIPS @AAW

Being a Horrid boss to your self is better then being one to others.

TOP TIPS @GS

Achieving at least one thing per day & Conversation View in outlook

TOP TIPS @RBT

op 2: Have 2 months wages in the bank so you’re not always living in fear + break big scary jobs into bite size achievable chunks. Oh… and listen to these podcasts which are full of great ideas (with quite a lot of pleasant banter inbetween) 5by5.tv/b2w

TOP TIPS @DS

Time management, positive client feed back, excellent communication skills,listening – no, really listening! oh, and a fabulous cuppa :)

TOP TIP @CA

Morning! My tip would be to have more than 1 job so that you have diversity and choice and connections to build upon. Eggs in 1 basket etc.

TOP TIP @JT

Some top tips on surviving work from the IT Crowd: “People, what a bunch of bastards!”

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TOP TIP @PC

Make yourself a good and large amount of tea, coffee or whatever pleases you.

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TOP TIP @LR

Thinking space is a must, so that you are able to consider things rather than react to them. Have an outlet outside of work, a passion, mine is pottery!