It’s been about six months since we posted anything on this site, but not because we haven’t been busy. In fact, the opposite is the case.
As far as work is concerned our writing and editing at JQA has gone really well. So well, in fact, that we’ve been too flat out to post anything remotely interesting except on our Being in Burgundy blog. We love to be busy though, so if you have a website that needs some fresh text, or simply want someone to write an interesting article about something that is important to you or your business, do get in touch: we’d love to help! 🙂
In terms of our business connections (although many of these are part of our personal life, as is the case here) we were sad to lose another exceptional individual last January when we attended the funeral of actor, Equity union activist and anti-bullying champion Billy McColl in London.
Dedicated to Billy
Anne-Marie’s new book about workplace bullying is well under way and she is currently spending a lot of time editing in order to pull everything together. In many ways there have been a lot of developments around the issue of workplace bullying since her last book was published in 2011. The new handbook includes experiences and research provided by contributors from all over the world.
She is particularly interested in some of the ways in which employees and freelancers have been treated by and responded to ‘management intervention’ when they have made a complaint about bullying or simply asked for help. The book looks at experiences from different parts of the world, and compares and contrasts what works, what doesn’t and what we can learn from it.
Last year, among other case studies, Anne-Marie highlighted the situations in which a dance worker and a museum employee found themselves when reporting bullying behaviour. During the next few weeks she plans to bring you up to date with the reality of their experiences. Meanwhile Piers has kickstarted his creative writing again and no doubt we will be millionaires from the sale of our books any decade now…
Holidays and retreats
We are also actively involved in marketing our little cottage-next-door (or gîte en Français) and were thrilled that family members visited last month. The cottage is available year-round and makes a perfect rural base for those who love peace and quiet in the countryside, fine wines and excellent eating, as well as places to walk, cycle or take a driving tour. If you’d like more information take a look here.