Most managers face a number of tricky situations in the workplace on a daily basis – one of the toughest is having to decide whether to fire an under-performing team member or not.
Firing an employee
If you’re faced with this task, here are 5 considerations to ease the decision:
1. Does good past performance justify a weak future performance?
Just because team members were once strong, it may not necessarily mean they will be as strong in the future. Weak team members may reflect badly on other staff, suggesting that under-performance is okay. Continue reading →
Here at Team Building London we are always trying to promote creativity within the workplace, so thought it would be worth highlighting a company on the right track!
Pearlfisher’s ball pit
Pearlfisher, in Hammersmith, West London created a meeting environment reminiscent of a children’s ball play area – only this is for around 30 adults.
The reason for this was to create a place to help companies stimulate new ideas and creativity, which is something that can easily get lost in a normal daily meeting within the workplace. This type of environment is great to bounce ideas around and to have fun at work. Continue reading →
There are always a large number of networking events throughout the year and sometimes your boss may pass you an invitation, suggesting you go along to one. Networking is not for everyone, but in this blog we will look at how you might be able to look at networking differently.
Beating The Networking Headache
Entering a room of strangers can create a number of fears, including:
• You could get stuck with the most boring man or woman in your industry
• You might be subjected to a hard sell
• You’ll be left standing alone, looking lost
But let’s consider what you can actually gain from going to a networking event: Continue reading →
We often set ourselves resolutions at the start of the New Year – some of us fail and some are still going strong, but as personal resolutions fade, we have put together three ideas to help improve office life.
1. Better conversations, less meetings
Formal meetings on a Friday and a Monday should be banned. Instead consider informal lunches and chats over coffee on these days. Oxford Think Tank Career Innovations research identifies that closing the “Conversation Gap” can help organisations build trust, increase employee engagement and retain talented people more effectively. Continue reading →
Employees may well be familiar with workplace stress. A growing number of businesses have decided to recognise it, making them better equipped to tackle it. But, it is also true that a little stress at work can actually be good for you and your productivity if you handle it properly.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 40% of all work-related illnesses are due to stress, with around 105 million working days being lost because of this each year.
From the very moment we leave the house to catch the London Tube, to the moment we head out of the office doors to do the same to go home, there are stressful situations that can build-up. Continue reading →
Meetings can be extremely productive, but on the other hand there are a number of reasons why a meeting might achieve little or nothing at all. Meetings like this aren’t uncommon, but what makes a meeting “fail”?
Here are reasons why your meeting fail
Here are 4 reasons why your meetings might be failing to reach their potential:
Loss of Focus
It is commonplace that sub meetings will happen within meetings and this can disrupt the whole purpose of why you are there in the first place. Try to stay on course and avoid losing direction as members may lose interest and will become despondent. Continue reading →
The annual Christmas party is often seen as a chance to let a year’s worth of tension out in one go. This could be a member of staff enjoying the Mulled Wine a bit too much or it could be an argument amongst members of staff who haven’t always seen eye to eye throughout the year.
Christmas Party Team Building
This is why it’s a better idea to plan for more thrills than spills at this year’s office Christmas party.
Here are 5 tips to help your Christmas party be memorable for all of the right reasons: Continue reading →
Complaints of work related stress are common and constantly on the rise. The latest report from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that 40% of the total cases of stress (1,073,000), were work related.
Work related stress can have a bad effect on a business
A little stress can help push people to achieve, but too much stress can be damaging and have detrimental effects, not only on the individual, but on the company as a whole – and other team members.
Team building exercises and activities can help to combat the causes of stress in the workplace and alleviate some of its adverse effects.
Motivating your team can have a big impact on performance and the general atmosphere in the workplace. So, we have created 5 simple steps to follow that will give your team a boost and increase overall productivity.
Team Motivation is key to success
1. Share positive news
During meetings, or around the office during conversation, share information about strategic moves and company goals. Sharing important information can help demonstrate trust to your employees which makes them feel valued and part of the bigger picture. Continue reading →
It’s easy to form habits and spend most of the working week doing the same thing each day. Change is energising, so instead of taking the London Tube, eating the same foods and wearing the same clothes, why not make a few alterations to your daily routine?
Wake up and change your day
Here are 10 ways to transform your day:
Eat different food – try something new for lunch. How about a salad instead of the usual sandwiches for example.
Take a different route to work – instead of hopping on the Tube, why not walk or use the bus to experience different things.
Plan your working day differently – try not replying to emails until midday, for example, and see how productive that is. Continue reading →