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Are You In The Wrong Job?

According to Gallup, 82% of employees that bear the title of ‘manager’ are not up to their job.

Have you chosen the wrong manager for the job?

Have you chosen the wrong manager for the job?

For most employees that strive to gain the addition of manager to their job title finally reaching that moment can be a proud one. The title helps to convey status, success and at times, power.

So, it is quite discerning to know that over 80% of managers under-perform, and here are some of the reasons why: Continue reading

Do You Spend Most Of Your Day At A Desk?

There are a number of us that sit at the office, sit during our daily commute and sit down again later in the day when we rest at home – this can add up to around 14 hours every day.

Sitting at work all day can cause weight gain.

Sitting at work all day can cause weight gain.

Recent research shows that a day spent sitting down at your desk can undo the benefits from cycling to work and even going to the gym.

In fact, there have been a number of studies conducted to monitor inactivity and what part this plays in the rise of obesity and diabetes.

London is one of the biggest problem areas of people sitting down, especially during their journeys on the tube and then when at work. Continue reading

Improve Your Team Meetings

Team meetings are useful to help discuss progress and goals and to share ideas but we get a number of people telling us that their team meetings are unproductive and boring. So below is a short video clip to help inspire, as well as amuse, your team and kick off the useful discussions such as “What should we be saying more as a team?”

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5 Daily Habits That Bring Success To Leaders

As a leader in the workplace it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a full inbox and busy meeting schedule. Here are some daily habits that every leader should adopt in order to be more productive and bring them success.

  1. Work without distractions – Most great novelists create their best work when they are in their sacred place with no distractions. Very few claim they were able to create a masterpiece whilst in an open-space office.

    Good Habits

    Make good habits in the workplace, not bad ones.

  2. Take a break or two – Dickens was known to take a 3-hour walk every afternoon to let his observations feed his literature. Having breaks can clear your mind and can save you time later in the day so you can be more productive. Continue reading

Top Tips For Success – by Richard Branson

London-born billionaire, Richard Branson, recently released his top tips for success, which have since gone viral. Team Building London often circulate key tips to help your team achieve success, so it was great to be able to read something we could relate to, from a well-known business figure.

Richard Branson

London-born billionaire Richard Branson.

Richard Branson identified a number of things that we often blog about. One of the tips he mentions in his recent post was to ‘have fun and look after your team’ and we could not agree more. We wrote a piece recently called ‘Make it Fun And It’ll Get Done” which shows why we agree with Richard.

A pleasant working environment is great for productivity and if it’s not, then it could be time to move on – something echoed by Richard. Continue reading

Smart Teams Talk More

At first glance, a workplace where everyone is heads down, typing away, looks efficient but there may be more to it than meets the eye.

Typing

Teams work smarter when they talk more.

If the typing consists of firing off brief, or easily misinterpreted, emails to fellow employees who are only a stones-throw away, then there is a risk of alienation, instead of building strong in-work relationships with colleagues.

An interesting advert on the London Underground reads, “Can’t reads worse than it sounds”, and the point this advert is trying to make is that people talking to one another will be more likely to find a solution, instead of typing that the task ‘can’t be done’ and then pushing the problem back. Continue reading

Can Leaders and Teams Learn From Gold Medal Teams?

London remembers what it was like to host the world’s biggest sporting event in the summer of 2012, but Sochi has been in the spotlight this year hosting the Winter Olympic and Paralympic games. But, there is a great deal that leaders can learn from the teams from this event.

Olympic GameWe have three things these leaders and teams can learn:

Fun

After achieving two medals in the Curling at the Winter Olympics – a silver and a bronze from the men and women respectively – both teams in this sport have placed a reason for their success on having fun together. Already being great at what they do, there is little else they can do to improve their performances, other than having fun. Two medals for the Curling teams show that this works! Continue reading

Are Junior Teams Better Than Senior Ones?

London’s population is predicted to hit 10 million by 2031, with increased migration to the capital due to the long term employment opportunities. On the plus side, when employing new staff you will have a wider spectrum of candidates to choose from. But how do you build the most effective team for your business?

young team

London has seen huge growth in the amount of graduates in the city looking to start their career. If you build your workforce by employing graduates your teams will initially be weighted towards youth, but will they outshine more senior teams?

In our experience, having worked with a number of teams ranging through all age groups, we have found that the more senior the team the less effective they are. Here’s why:

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10 Tips To Create A Positive Work Environment

23 per cent of Londoners work over 45 hours a week, compared with 19 per cent in the rest of the country, so it is even more important that the working environment is a positive one to keep productivity high.

positive environmentWe have created a list of ten tips to help create a positive working environment:

1. Build trust – this is one of the most important things you can do. It shows reliability, responsibility and accountability.

2. Communicate positively and openly – Each employee needs to feel valued and through listening and communicating, this can be achieved.

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Make It Fun And It’ll Get Done

In any given year in London, we spend around 2,300 hours at work. So, why not have some fun whilst we’re there?

Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, once said: “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”

Interestingly, the video below demonstrates how commuters chose to take the stairs instead of taking the escalator, by introducing a fun element to walking up them.

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