Social Media and Working Around the Clock

For me as a social media marketer, my Facebook newsfeed had merged into a combination of work and play. So in a world where many of us struggle to separate the two, my boundaries are rather blurred. But it’s no just me – far from it. We now have social channels...

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Work/Life Balance and Boundaries – Who is responsible?

It is not uncommon for us to blur the boundaries between work and home life. With many of us checking our emails after hours, and even sneaking into the office for some quiet ‘catch up’ time on a Saturday, it’s becoming habitual. However, if each of us were really...

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Creating a Culture of Mutual Respect

What does the word “respect” conjure up in your mind? For me, I straightaway think of the Aretha Franklin song. But then, I quickly leave the disco in my head and come back to the real world. I begin thinking about the opposite; all the times I felt disrespected. And...

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Up Skilling for Inclusion

According to a recent article in HR Magazine, over 3 million people between 50 and 64 are unemployed. I, for one, think we could be more proactive in up skilling our older talent to keep them happy and growing in their roles. Sure, the younger generations are more...

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Keeping your top talent with you

In a small company especially, our talented people are our lifeblood. Staff retention is an issue that no manager can ever afford to overlook these days. In a recent article for HR Magazine, author Beckett Frith shares research that shows how easily employees switch...

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Show your team that you trust them

Have you ever been micro-managed? It’s a horrible feeling. Whether it is directly said or not, this behavior implies a lack of trust. And of course, trust is a two-way street. If your manager doesn’t trust you, then how can you trust him in return? Left unaddressed,...

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Failure – the ‘F’ word of the workplace?

In a competitive, results-based environment, ‘failure’ carries a certain stigma. But it’s also a huge learning opportunity. As leaders and team members, it’s hugely important for the good of our selves and our colleagues that we take those teachable moments and focus...

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Are You Restless, or Ready to Move On?

We can all get restless in our roles from time to time. But how do you know when you are just in need or a new challenge, versus when it’s time for you to look outside of your company? Have you noticed that the ‘midlife crisis’ is happening earlier and earlier these...

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Is Flexible Working the Future for your Team?

In a big city like London, it only takes a tube strike to bring your usual workforce to a standstill. With the possibility of another strike this week, it’s a hot topic again. With tech becoming more and more accessible every year, and a remote solution for every...

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Workplace Wellness vs. the Stigma of Sickness

It’s cold and flu season. And we all know how germs work their way around a busy workplace. From just one employee “soldering on” and coming into work with a cold, this quickly propagates to several members of the workforce becoming unwell. As I type this, I’m feeling...

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Team Training – Challenges and Solutions

You might have heard of the “10,000 hour rule” and worried that it applied to you and your team. Well, please don’t worry! The idea that it takes 10,000 hours to learn a new skill came from research by…

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Can You Spot Stress Early in Your Team Members?

We live in a shaming culture, where employee sickness can be seen as a weakness. But we don’t have to be a part of this. In fact, we can be a part of the solution by promoting the bigger picture. If somebody needs a sick day…

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Individuals in the Workplace – Tips for Team Leaders

People don’t fit into neat little boxes. Yet all the books on team management give us categories, checklists and generic advice. But that leaves us with a gaping hole in our understanding of how to cultivate a happy team of engaged individuals who want to stay with us for the long haul.

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Protecting your Team from Big City Burnout

Does the daily slog into the office bring you down before your workday even starts? If it affects you, then the chances are that it affects your whole team too. And how about the office itself? Too noisy and crowded?

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Hurry up and Slow Down! (Productivity vs Activity)

This mix up of priorities is categorised as “Productivity vs Activity” and causes people to become ineffective, costly, or unproductive not because they are not busy but because their attention is on areas that are not important, not critical or not required by the business in that moment.

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‘Gallup’ ahead by focusing on strengths

Gallup recently studied 49,495 business units with 1.2 million employees across 22 organizations in seven industries and 45 countries. We found that 90% of workgroups that applied strengths interventions had performance increases at or above the following ranges:

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How to spot the difference between Leadership and Management from their responses to their own Psychometrics

In the last few months I have coached around 75 managers and leaders in a successful fast growing company on their self awareness, preferences and development opportunities. I have noticed some interesting differences between managers and those that are leaders (senior positions) in the business, that correlates with my experience in other companies and working with other managers and leaders.

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Why you need to know about OTL – Opportunity to Learn

In marketing terms Opportunity to See (OTS) and Opportunity to Hear (OTH) refer to the chance of a particular target audience seeing or hearing your advert. So, we can describe OTL (Opportunity to Learn) as the opportunity that someone can learn something new.

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Some Demo videos of our new Virtual Academy platform

Virtual Academy ™ by Structured Learning Solutions Ltd is a B2B (B2C coming soon) online continuous learning management system that provides engaging training experiences through a mix of e-learning, structured and social learning environments, webinars and workshops to ensure continuous development of your employees and professionals.

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Talent Management Culture – Tips from Berger and Berger

Unfortunately, our natural inclination as professionals in HR is to focus on process management, building guides and training process to solve the problem. However, you too can improve your Talent Culture by improving your Management Engagement Index, like we did recently with one of our clients, from 76% to 84% in 12m.

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Time to Competence

Are you looking for better way to upskill people faster?
Of course you are. In fact, CIPD Future Talent Needs 2016 suggests 48% of HR leaders are ‘focused on upskilling existing staff with the skills the business needs’, and ‘focusing on succession planning’ is next (33%).

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101 Communication Quotes Pack

I really wanted to create these slide shares as a backdrop for some training that I have been doing. I like to let them play in the background whilst groups are working on something, and have been experimenting with different media and effects.

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