GDPR – Awareness Raising and Training of all Staff (Article 39)

Business must satisfy Article 39b (awareness-raising and training of staff) for all your employees!
The easiest way to do this is by recording it using your LMS, and to save time designing content the easiest way to set that up is to buy off-the-shelf e-learning or training packages to make your job easier.

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Brexit – Boosting Britain’s Productivity

As People Management reports "Employer confidence was down 40 points – the lowest since the EU referendum on 23 June 2016. The net balance of hiring and investment decisions also fell, by two points to nine over the same period"...

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Talent – Retaining the Best

Employers must plan ahead to avoid a scramble for skilled migrant workers, experts have warned, after it emerged that the UK had reached its cap on Tier 2 visas for non-EU migrants for a second consecutive month. Under the British...

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Leadership Agility – Fail Fast Fail Often

Leadership Agility is key to adapting to the highly changeable conditions 2018 and early 2019 has to offer. We will be posting tips on Leadership Agility Fail Fast Fail Often here in the coming weeks. If you want to get that article...

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Apprentice Levy – Making it Work for UK Business

Seamus Nevin, head of policy research at the IoD reported in people management (here), says that 40 per cent of its members do not understand how the training courses work and only 20 per cent know how to reclaim levy funds. Many...

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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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