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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.

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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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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.

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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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