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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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Make Time For A Slow Conversation

We know that a lot of people live life at a fast rate, craving fast food, fast transport and fast broadband. With the advancement of technology and social media, we are able to communicate much quicker, much further afield and much easier but this could be threatening the depth of our conversations.

London UndergroundFrom the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed, we live life at such a fast pace that we struggle to make time for a slow conversation. The London Underground is the start to many people’s days and we have found some interesting statistics about it. Did you know …?

  • The total number of passengers carried last year was 1,107 million (1.107 billion). Continue reading

8 Tips For Using Humour In The Workplace

Work, for many, is serious business where we need to meet targets, meet project deadlines and to ensure we do our job correctly.

fun at workA lot of managers argue that humour can distract their team from the job in hand, but a quote we at Team Building London are reminded of is, “Just because the work you do is serious, it doesn’t mean you have to be serious about the way you go about your work.”

Laughter is natural, and using humour in the workplace has its benefits. These include:

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10 New Year’s Resolutions For Team Leaders

January is known as the month of New Year’s resolutions where business owners and team leaders look to turn those bad habits into good.

New yearIf you are leader or manager in a London business, it is time to consider what small changes could make a huge difference in the workplace.

Many of these resolutions may already be part of your day-to-day routine, but try doing some of the ones that are missing. The 10 resolutions every team leader should include in their list for 2014 are:

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5 Ways To Boost Your Team’s Creativity

London is the central hub for business in the UK.  This makes it difficult for a company to stand out from competitors in the same industry.  That said one way is to improve a workforce’s creativity because better ideas could help to put a business above its competitors.

With this in mind we have created five tips to help improve a team’s creativity:

  1. CreativityRelocate – Moving away from the usual working environment can often trigger new ideas. London has a wide variety of great locations so move to the nearby café, park or pub for some new ideas. Continue reading

3 Reasons Why Good London Staff Could Quit In January

According to XpertHR, London has a voluntary resignation rate of approximately 11% per year. So with time to reflect over the Christmas period, it could be likely that some of your smartest colleagues return to your London office considering a switch of jobs.

Quitting
We explain the most common reasons those people may want a change and some ideas on how to keep hold of the talent:

1. The boss is the problem, not the job. The most common reason people look to move jobs is because they want a better boss. Good bosses end up keeping a hold of their best people, this is because they:

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Top 5 Team Leader Tips Learnt From Bees

In 2012, there were thought to be too many bees in London according to the London Beekeepers Association so we, at Team Building London, thought it would be good to look at what makes them such so successful in our city .

Bees show great team work.

Bees show great team work.

We discovered that their success was down to team work so here are 5 tips from London’s bees to help team leaders be better at what they do:

1. Co-operation is key
Bees are very small in size but they work together a one single organism to work towards a common goal. This means great things can be achieved with team work.

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Do Robots Show Better Team Work Than Your Employees?

Technology improves all the time and one impressive piece of kit that is the robot. Robots date back as far as 1515 when Leonardo Di Vinci designed the first one but have come a long way since then.

Today, they are much more advanced, so advanced in fact, that economist Andrew McAfee believes jobs could be filled by droids in the very near future.

This video shows robots at the 2012 RoboCup – a yearly robot football event where robots showcase their skills and team work.

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5 Ways To Boost Productivity In The Workplace

A heavy workload, coupled with stress, is a challenge for many people in the workplace. Time is short and can run out, whereas energy can be rejuvenated and extended.

productivityHere are 5 ways Team Building London suggest you use to increase your energy levels:

1. Drink a lot of water. Water hydrates our brains, ensures we stay cool and can prevent illnesses like excruciating kidney stones. Coffee and sugary drinks may taste better but they do have the reverse effect of making us tired when their burst of energy wears off. Continue reading

Tree-mendous Team Work in London

We are always on the lookout for great examples of team building in London so how about the 100 people who work together every year to put up the giant Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Every year since 1947, a huge Christmas tree is shipped from Norway to London as part of a seasonal tradition. This annual gift is from the Norwegians and dates back to WWII when the Royal Family of Norway fled to London after their country was besieged.

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