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Joint Zooming

We’d only been dating about six months when I recommended my boyfriend to my company’s bosses. The Marketing Director had just quit, and Ian was hired to fill the gap on an interim basis. We had suddenly become the marketing team — the two of us. We were getting to know each other over dinner; we were getting to know each other in the office. We’d never worked side-by-side before: now we were drawing up marketing plans and co-hosting presentations.

I guess we quickly learned how to juggle the personal with the professional. We must have liked it, because when I left the company to have our first baby, we started working together properly for our own small independent business. …

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The world of work has changed dramatically since the start of this millennium, never mind fifty years ago. The jobs that exist now are wildly different from those of previous generations, where people used to have jobs for life and rarely moved away from their homes and communities.

These changes in working practices have had significant implications, not only on how we work but what we are looking for work to do for us - to fulfil us, nurture us and fill the holes that a lack of community has left behind. It’s something that psychotherapist Esther Perel, known for her work on relationship counselling, has turned her expertise to. …

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Brent geese on the Thames estuary mud

The park is close to our boys’ old primary school. They no longer go there yet I usually head that way and into the park, often accompanied by my husband, because our border terrier Sukie loves meeting up with her buddies. She’ll have a good run around, getting involved in a chase with a couple of other dogs, or a bit of a wrestle. She might even sit looking bemused and let the chocolate cockapoo take her leg in his mouth, as if she’s a chicken drumstick, in an effort to get her to play with him.

Today though it was rainy. I didn’t fancy standing around in the wet watching her get muddy, nor wanted all that dirt back into the house. So instead she and I headed down to the seafront to do the two bridges walk. It’s a walk that takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on how much she sniffs (a lot) and whether I need to get back to shepherd the boys off their screens and into their homework. …


Zoë Sanders

Storyteller at The Ian Sanders Company. Passionate about making the world of work more human. Lives by the Thames estuary. Loves swimming/doodling/creativity

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